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Food and Health 

Check out these local programs:

Choose My Plate.  Choose My Plate will be offered at the Lake Village Presbyterian Church on Thursday, April 18 in two sesssions, 11:30am-1:00pm and 6:30pm - 8:00pm.  Information will be about portion sizes, reading food labels, meal planning, eating with diabetes plus food samples.  Please call Lorrie Laffoon to register for the free programs at 219-992-3466.

Raising Healthy Eaters. Raising Healthy Eaters is a 6 part series that helps parents who want to have happy, healthy children and enjoyable mealtimes.  The lessons will help you to develop healthy eating habits for your children, between the ages of 2 and 5.  Also included in the curriculum: introducing new foods to children, dealing with choosy eaters, managing tough mealtime situations, and preparing quick and easy meals. 

Diabetes Classes.  The Dining with Diabetes program is a positive and proactive approach in reducing the effects of diabetes.  It is open to anyone with Type II diabetes, their family members or caretakers.  Dining with Diabetes is a four part educational program with a two month follow-up session.  The program fee for the educational series includes one notebook, handouts, and food sampling.  Participants will be able to make healthy food choices that assist in good glucose control, prepare easy, tasty foods, have a clearer understanding of nutrition, physical activity, and diabetic medications to control blood glucose.  Download the registration form. (Updated 12-11-12, New for April/May Classes)

Professor Popcorn.  Professor Popcorn is a nutrition education program for grades 1-6.  The curriculum is being used statewide and meets Indiana Academic Standards at each grade level.  The curriculum is intended to be presented as a 5 part program and includes nutrition education, food safety information, physical activity, and food samples for each class period.  There is also a parent letter to complement each session.  Currently the program is being offered to first graders in Newton County and hoping to add one 6th grade class this year as well. 


Purdue Extension suggests the following links for information regarding Food & Health:

Health and Human Sciences Extension - Provides resources for consumers to understand and evaluate nutrition and food safety information.