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University of Maine Cooperative Extension Eat Well Nutrition Workshops

This six-part series starts September 17, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. and will be held at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Penobscot County Office located at 307 Maine Avenue in Bangor, Maine. Class dates are: September 17, 24, October 1, 22, 29, and November 5, 2013. Classes are 60 to 90 minutes in length and participation in all six classes is required.

Through hands-on activities participants will learn how to save money on groceries, enhance cooking skills, keep foods safe to eat, and try new, healthy recipes the whole family will enjoy!

Participants in the Eat Well Nutrition Workshops will also receive: recipes, a cookbook, tips to help keep families healthy and active, and other incentives at each lesson they attend to help practice at home, what is learned at each workshop.

Registration is free to eligible adults with children.

For more information about program eligibility, or to request a disability accommodation, contact Theresa or Wendy at 207.942.7396 or 800.287.1485 (in Maine), TDD: 1.800.287.8957 or e-mail cepen@umext.maine.edu. You can also visit the UMaine Extension events calendar.

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Oak Hill Middle School Cooking Class

University of Maine Cooperative Extension Eat Well Nutrition Education Program helped 15 kids in 6th through 8th grade learn the benefit of healthy nutrition. Each group (The Flying Bad Bakers and The Cookinaters) developed a meal for the final class (entree, sides, beverage and dessert) that focused on USDA’s MyPlate. They were judged on their meals, knife/cooking safety, teamwork, communication, and leadership. Five teachers, including their principle, participated and judged the meals and cast votes.

UMaine Extension Nutrition Associate Courtney Davis reported that both teams did OUTSTANDING; however The Cookinaters won the vote!

The meals that were prepared are as follows:

The Flying Bad Bakers: Turkey Tacos with lettuce, tomatoes, green peppers, low-fat sour cream, shredded cheese on a whole wheat tortilla. They also included kidney beans and their own taco sauce in the ground turkey! They made a cranberry lime fizz drink and a fruit salad (apples, pineapples, strawberries, blueberries, and bananas) for dessert!

The Cookinaters: Multi-grain pasta with homemade spaghetti sauce, homemade turkey meatballs, and garlic bread from scratch. They also prepared a salad with a homemade Italian dressing. They made fruit smoothies and a fruit platter with a yogurt, honey cinnamon dip.

The Flying Bad Bakers’ meal.

The Cookinaters’ winning meal.

Sabattus Primary School Youth Learn How to “Eat Your Colors”

University of Maine Cooperative Extension Eat Well Nutrition Education Program, Nutrition Associate Courtney Davis worked with youth Pre-K through 2nd grade at the Sabattus Primary School this May during their Wellness Week to teach them about the importance of eating from all the food groups, physical activity and trying new fruits and vegetables.

Photos show the youths’ artwork on the five food groups, demonstrating how you “Eat Your Colors” and what they learned about eating well. (Click on the images to view enlargements.)

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Image Description: Eat Your Colors drawing

UMaine Extension Associate Comments on Yogurt and Kids

Brenda Bracy, a nutrition associate with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Eat Well Nutrition Education Program, was interviewed for a Portland Press Herald story about the hidden sugars in yogurt marketed for children. Bracy said less sugar is always better. She also offered a recipe for a yogurt-based ranch dip that children can help make.


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Contact Information

Cooperative Extension: Food & Health
5741 Libby Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5741
Phone: 207.581.3188, 800.287.0274 (in Maine) or 800.287.8957 (TDD)E-mail: extension@maine.edu
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
207.581.1110
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