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50+ Class Topics

Cancer Project

Learn about a variety of cancer-related nutrition topics that will show you how to prepare several healthy and delicious meals loaded with antioxidants, phytochemicals, fiber, and low-fat and dairy-free foods.

Diabetes Initiative

Encouraging people who are interested in using a new dietary approach to prevent, reverse, and manage diabetes.

Kickstart Your Health

Let’s talk about which foods are most advantageous for weight management and the prevention of various health complications, such as high blood pressure and poor digestion.

Nutrition Essentials

Topics ranging from planning meals to reading food labels are covered in an interactive, lecture-style series (cooking demos are not a regular part of this series).

The Power of Food for Health

Power Foods for the Brain: learn strategies for maintaining memory and improving brain function, including how to prepare brain health-promoting meals.

Power Foods for a Healthy Heart: Learn how a plant-based diet can help improve several risk factors for heart disease.

Kids Health

Children ages 9–12 learn about the four food groups on the power plate (whole grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables) and the benefits of eating plants while preparing kid-friendly, tasty recipes.

Employee Wellness Program

Creating healthier and more productive employees through providing evidence-based nutrition education.

African American Culinary Heritage

Designed for African Americans and other individuals looking to prevent or overcome lifestyle-related chronic diseases by exploring plant-based versions of dishes commonly found on African American dining tables.

Foods for a Healthy Heart

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and around the world. Eating habits and other lifestyle factors play a key role in determining the risk of heart disease. Pioneering studies by Dean Ornish, MD, Caldwell Esselstyn Jr., MD, and others have shown a low-fat, plant-based diet, combined with regular exercise and a healthy overall lifestyle, can prevent, delay, and even reverse heart disease and other cardiovascular events.

Plant-based diets benefit heart health because they contain no dietary cholesterol, very little saturated fat, and lots of fiber. Meat, cheese, and eggs, on the other hand, are packed with cholesterol and saturated fat, which cause plaque buildup in the arteries, eventually leading to heart disease.

Come learn how a plant-based diet can help improve your heart health.

Healthy Basics

Class 1: The Power of Your Plate. The first class in this series will focus on the general concepts behind healthy eating habits by providing knowledge and resources for trying out a new way of eating. The Power Plate is a diagram that illustrates the essential food groups: vegetables, grains, legumes, and fruits. From these groups, you will be able to think about different foods and meals you can eat to best promote your health and the health of your family.

Class 2: How Foods Fight Diabetes The road to diabetes does not have to be a one-way street. There is reason for hope! People who eat plant-based meals are less likely to ever develop diabetes, and for those who have diabetes, plant-based meals can help to improve blood sugar levels and prevent complications.

Class 3: Foods for a Healthy Weight Eating plant-based is not a “diet” that leads to feeling hungry or deprived. Believe it or not, when you change the quality of your diet, you don’t need to think about counting calories or measuring portions. The focus is on quality not quantity!

Class 4: How Foods Fight Heart Disease Certain diet patterns seem to have a major effect in helping people avoid heart disease, or if they already have heart disease, in reversing it. It takes a powerful diet to actually remove the hard plaque forming in the arterial walls after years of eating high-fat diets. But research has shown it can be done! This class will show you how.

Let's Beat Breast Cancer

The first four Let’s Beat Breast Cancer classes include information about how certain foods and nutrients work to promote or discourage the growth of cancers of all types (including breast cancer), along with demonstrations of simple recipes that can be easily recreated at home.

The final class focuses specifically on foods relevant to breast cancer risk reduction and survival. The intended audience of the Food for Life: Let’s Beat Breast Cancer classes are cancer survivors and their families and friends, as well as those looking to prevent the disease.

These classes are not intended for individuals currently going through cancer treatment.

Cooking to Combat COVID-19

Early in the pandemic, research found that people catching the coronavirus were much more likely to succumb to it if they had an underlying health condition, such as diabetes, obesity, or hypertension. However, the role of a plant-based diet in preventing and reversing these underlying conditions was largely absent from virus mitigation discussions. Food for Life’s Cooking to Combat COVID-19 delivers important nutrition information for optimal health to people who need it most during the pandemic and beyond.

Four-Class Series:

Class 1: Cancer-Fighting Compounds and Immune Boosting Foods

Class 2: Foods for a Healthy Heart

Class 3: Introduction to How Foods Fight Diabetes

Class 4: Foods and Mood

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