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Learn to make healthy, affordable meals at Cooking Matters

Cooking Matters, a national program sponsored by ConAgra Foods Foundation, empowers families at risk of hunger with the skills, knowledge and confidence to make healthy and affordable meals.

With the help of volunteer culinary and nutrition experts, course participants learn how to select nutritious and low-cost ingredients and prepare them in ways that provide the best nourishment possible to their families.

Cooking Matters has received special recognition from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for excellence in nutrition education.

The program was also featured in First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign, a nationwide initiative dedicated to raising a healthier generation of kids.

“Cooking Matters teaches families how to eat more fruits and vegetable and whole grains. This promotes healthy lifestyles and can prevent chronic disease and childhood obesity,” said Anne Bennett, MPH, R.D., Tri-County Colorado Health Department.

Please join Cooking Matters for a six-week, hands-on cooking course to learn more about nourishing your family by preparing healthy, low-cost meals!

• It’s free.

• For parents and their kids, age 8 and older.

• Classes are taught by a professional chef and nutritionist.

• Free eating guide and recipe book.

• Free bag of groceries at the end of each class.

Cooking Matters meets Tuesday, 5-7 p.m., from Feb. 7 to March 13, at the Pagosa Springs Nurturing Center.

If you sign up for the class, plan on attending all six sessions.

Spaces are limited.

If you have questions or wish to register, call Liz Alley at 799-2187.

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