Howdy Healthy Classes
So you’re ready to get Healthy? There are several course series to choose from to meet your needs. During each class I’ll teach you valuable information on how certain foods and nutrients work to promote health. I’ll also demonstrate how to cook simple and nutritious recipes (3 per class)… then we all sample!
Series vary between 4-8 weeks long. We meet once a week for 2 hours.

The Power of Food for Weight Management

This curriculum is based on PCRM’s successful 21-Day Kickstart program. The Kickstart has helped thousands of people adopt a plant-based diet to reach their health goals. Depending on one’s perspective, the Kickstart is about losing weight, maintaining a healthy weight, or simply embracing an overall healthful diet. For some people, it’s the first time the idea of not restricting amounts of foods but rather choosing the right foods has been the guiding principle for losing weight and staying healthy. Lower cholesterol, better diabetes control, lower blood pressure, as well as improvements in energy and mood are some of the many benefits people experience on this diet.

Discover which foods are optimal for weight management, learn about various health topics including blood pressure and digestion, and get empowered with the practical cooking skills needed to help you on your journey to better health. In our classes, attendees do all of this while enjoying a cooking demonstration and tasting delicious, healthful dishes in a supportive group setting.

Featured Class Topics

  • Power of Your Plate
  • Let’s Go!
  • Getting in Gear
  • Breaking the Food Seduction
  • Keys for Natural Appetite Control
  • Digestive Health
  • Healthy Blood Pressure

The Power of Food for a Healthy Start

The health problems faced by our youth today are unlike any in the past. Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and today, nearly one in three children in the United States is overweight or obese. Poor diet and lack of exercise put today’s children at greater risk for heart disease, diabetes, and cancer later in life. A foundation for healthy eating at a young age is needed to lessen the risk for chronic diseases.

In the Food for Life: Kids Health classes, the curriculum highlights the positives of the four food groups (whole grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables) in the Power Plate. Children ages 9-12 are exposed to the great taste and health benefits of eating a plant-based diet through kid-friendly recipes approved by PCRM’s staff of dietitians. The curriculum aims to empower children with the knowledge and skills they need to establish healthy habits to carry them well into adulthood.

Featured Class Topics and Objectives

  • Learn about the Power Plate
  • Fruit and Fiber is your Friend
  • Veggies are Victorious
  • Whole Grains keep you Going

In the Food for Life: Kids Health classes, each child receives a workbook filled with activities
and worksheets focused on nutrition and several recipes (many of which will be demonstrated in class).

Food for Life Employee Wellness Program

Adults in the United States spend more than half of their waking hours at work giving employers a unique opportunity to impact the health and wellness of their employees. In a public health climate of a growing health crisis and mounting health care costs, more attention needs to be given to eating healthfully and staying active, especially around a busy work schedule. By offering PCRM’s Food for Life: Employee Wellness Program, employers can lead the way to facilitating an office culture of health and wellness that employees can carry into their lives at home.

Featured Class Topics and Objectives

  • Power of Your Plate
  • Let’s Go!
  • Getting in Gear
  • Breaking the Food Seduction
  • Keys for Natural Appetite Control
  • Digestive Health
  • Introduction to How Foods Fight Cancer
  • Introduction to How Foods Fight Diabetes
  • Healthy Blood Pressure

The Power of Plant-Based Nutrition for Health

Nutrition Essentials—based on the Physicians Committee’s successful 21-Day Vegan Kickstart program —is about making a qualitative, as opposed to quantitative, shift in the way we eat. Class attendees will discover the guiding principle for weight loss and good health is not restricting the amount of food they eat, but rather choosing the right foods—fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes.

According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, “Appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases.”
Attendees may experience clinical benefits such as lower cholesterol, better diabetes control, and lower blood pressure, as well as improvements in energy and mood. Results are likely to be immediate and impressive!

Featured Class Topics

  • Kickstart Your Health: Weight Control and Diabetes Prevention
  • Let’s Go (Begin Kickstart, Label Reading)
  • Getting in Gear
  • Weight Control

Nutrition and Cooking for Cancer Prevention & Survival

What can you expect from the Food for Life Nutrition and Cooking Class Series for Cancer Prevention and Survival?

Certain diet patterns seem to have a major effect in helping people diagnosed with cancer to live longer, healthier lives. The National Cancer Institute research shows that as much as 50 percent of cancer risk may be related to diet. In this class, you will learn about the right food choices that can help reduce the risk of developing cancer as well as overcome the disease after it has been diagnosed.

The class series covers a variety of cancer-related nutrition topics and demonstrates how to prepare several meals loaded with antioxidants and phytochemicals, high-fiber and low-fat foods, and healthy dairy alternatives. The series also provides information on planning meals and maintaining a healthy weight.

Featured Class Topics

  • Introduction to How Foods Fight Cancer
  • Fueling Up on Low-Fat Foods
  • Favoring Fiber
  • Discovering Dairy Alternatives
  • Replacing Meat
  • Cancer-Fighting Compounds and Immune-Boosting Foods
  • Maintaining a Healthy Weight

The Power of Food for Diabetes Prevention and Treatment

Diabetes is a major public health problem of epidemic proportions. Eleven percent of the U.S. adult population has diabetes (up from 8 percent in 2007), and nearly one-third of those 65 and older have the disease. Uncontrolled, diabetes can lead to complications from head to toe, including stroke, loss of vision, heart disease, kidney failure, and various problems due to nerve damage and circulatory problems, such as erectile dysfunction or lower-extremity amputation. Research studies have demonstrated that a plant-based nutrition approach reduces the risk of diabetes and can greatly benefit those who have been diagnosed with the disease.

The goal of the Food for Life: Diabetes Initiative program is to empower people who have diabetes and those concerned about developing diabetes, along with their friends and family members with new information and skills. Each class offers a cooking demonstration, and provides samples of delicious, health-promoting dishes, along with a take-home packet of easy and affordable recipes.

Featured Class Topics

  • Introduction to How Foods Fight Diabetes
  • The Power of Your Plate and Grocery Cart
  • Understanding Type 2 Diabetes
  • Designing a Diet for Maximum Weight Control
  • Using the Glycemic Index
  • Keeping a Healthy Heart
  • Diabetes Care from Head to Toe
  • Making It Work for You

The Power of Food for a Healthy Life

Healthy Basics is designed to help class participants understand the value of choosing economical plant-based foods—fruits, vegetables, grains, and beans—that can provide savings from lowered grocery and medical costs.

In Healthy Basics classes, attendees will discover the relationship between diet and disease, get tips on planning a weekly or monthly menu, and enjoy cooking demonstrations and tasting delicious, healthful dishes in a supportive group setting.

Featured Class Topics:

  • The Power Plate
  • How Foods Fight Diabetes
  • Foods for a Healthy Weight
  • How Foods Fight Heart Disease
  • Grocery Store Tour (Supplemental Class)

What is Food For Life?

The Food for Life program is an innovative approach to a medical challenge. It aims first to prevent disease. The classes work to translate complex scientific nutrition information into simple and easy meals. Each Food for Life nutrition and cooking class features a nutrition lecture and live cooking demonstration all within a supportive group setting.

Contact Noel: