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Eat Smart Move More Cooking Matters Program

Cokeitha Gaddist
Healthy Lifestyles Columnist

Members of several churches around Colleton County have been learning new ways to prepare healthy meals thanks to a USDA-funded grant operating through the local Clemson University Extension office.

As of this date, 13 churches have been sharing Cooking Matters lessons with its congregants. Cooking Matters is a national curriculum offered through the Share Our Strengths organization. “Participants in the classes are learning a variety of ways to eat smarter and to prepare healthier meals,” said Eat Smart Move More Colleton County director Melissa Buckner. Buckner worked with various churches to coordinate the classes which started in January.

The USDA-funded project is a partnership between the churches, apartment complexes, Clemson University and the Lowcountry Foodbank. Lessons have focused on various topics including:

• How to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet

• How to plan healthy meals.

• How to make healthy snacks.

• How to shop for healthy food on a budget.

• How shop for and select healthy drink choices.

“The classes have not only been informative, they have been such a fun experience,” Buckner said. For more information about the Cooking Matters Program please contact Melissa Buckner by email at [email protected] or call 549-2595 ext. 128


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