Military families learn about healthy cooking

wwny Military families learn about healthy cooking

FORT DRUM, N.Y. (WWNY) - Military family members are cooking lasagna! But not the kind they're used to.

Instead of noodles and ricotta, they're using zucchini and cottage cheese.

Cornell Cooperative Extension is teaching little changes as part of a big picture.

"We know we need healthy soldiers, healthy strong soldiers, and one of the best ways that we can do that is to make sure that the supports around them, like their family, if they have a spouse that's doing the cooking at home, we want to make sure they're doing the healthiest cooking possible," said April Bennett, nutrition program director.

Cornell Cooperative Extension has started a healthy cooking program for Fort Drum families.

"We try to make sure that all of our classes appeal to different tastes, different ethnic backgrounds, different learners. So it's not just coming in and having a nutrition lecture, it's really about hands on engagement," said Bennett. "The recipes are really family friendly, and everyone is going to get to make the recipes so they can take it home and feel like they can do it all again."

While the food cooks, instructors go over ways to recognize the different components of a healthy diet.

"I want my family to be healthy. I want to be sure to give them the best nutrition I can, learn the most that I can to help them as well," said Chelsea Felix, participant.

Organizers say the pilot class was a success.

Any Fort Drum families interested in this programming can contact their family readiness group leader for more information.

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