Provide healthy cooking demonstrations with taste tests.
Cooking demonstrations at the worksite make a great lunchtime seminar or health fair attraction. Demonstrations can be tailored to fit a variety of settings and time limitations. Seeing and tasting foods prepared quickly and easily can provide people the incentive they need to get creative in the kitchen.
Host a one-hour cooking demonstration over the lunch hour or as part of a health fair.
Create a theme for your demonstration such as “meals in minutes”, “bone up for good health”, “take nutrition to heart” or “healthy holidays”.
Invite a chef to participate in cooking demonstrations or health fairs.
Consider cold recipes if adequate equipment is not accessible.
Start a video lending library of cooking videos.
Offer a cooking class that includes a demonstration, hands-on participation, and sampling.
American Heart Association: www.americanheart.org
Cooking for Life program: 303.369.5433
Pennsylvania Dietetic Association: www.eatrightpa.org
Penn State Cooperative Extension, Luzerne County: http://luzerne.extension.psu.edu/
Other resources to consider:
Food section or cooking class calendars in local and statewide newspapers
University culinary departments