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Provide healthy cooking demonstrations with taste tests.

Why: 

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.

How:

  • 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.

    Resources:

  • 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:

  • Cooking schools

  • Cooking videos

  • Food section or cooking class calendars in local and statewide newspapers

  • Insurance providers

  • University culinary departments