Nutrition Program Educator Myra McKinney (center) leads a hands-on cooking class at CCE-Tompkins (2007)

Hands-on food preparation in a nutrition education workshop.

Cooking & Nutrition Classes


Strong Women, Healthy Hearts
A Physical Activity and Nutrition Program to Reduce the Risk of Heart Disease in Women

This program is taught in a series of nutrition and physical activity classes, twice a week for 12 weeks, covering topics such as weight control, healthy fats, portion distortion and stress reduction. This program is designed for middle-aged to older women and can be taught in community centers, senior sites, housing complexes, health and fitness facilities or businesses.

Eat Smart for Brain Health
Emerging research shows that what you eat impacts the health of your brain. This presentation will highlight dietary and other health suggestions that are now thought to decrease your risk of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Past participants have found this helpful whether their concern was prevention or in helping to slow the progression in family members.

Heart Smarts
Learn the newest diet and exercise recommendations for heart health, and get help with practical tips on easy ways to incorporate small changes. Set personal goals and plan easy steps to achieve them.

Eat Well with Diabetes
Learn how to live and eat well with diabetes or pre-diabetes. This workshop will present timely information, including meal planning basics, how to include sweets, and tips on meals out. It will also address ways to make sustainable dietary changes to help slow the progression of the disease without ignoring the important part food plays in life. This may be offered as informational only, or with a cooking component.

Dining with Diabetes: A four-part series
Sessions include demonstrations on how to prepare meals that are healthy, use less saturated fat, salt and sugar without cutting taste. There is an opportunity to taste a variety of main dishes, side dishes and desserts. Participants also learn current information on nutrition, meal planning, exercise and how to understand common diabetes-related medical tests.

Nutrition for the Seasoned Citizen
Good nutrition is important for people of all ages, but as we age, it can become both more important and in some ways more challenging. This workshop will address the challenges, and provide tips for planning meals for optimal nutrition and enjoyment.

(Some of these can be scheduled without the cooking component, if desired.)

The Magic of the Slow Cooker

Learn to go beyond using your slow cooker to make soup or chili. You may be surprised to know that it can also be used to make bread, dips, appetizers and desserts! We will touch on the history and benefits of slow cooking, safe usage, selection and cleaning tips of a slow cooker. We will share and sample recipes and learn how to adjust recipes for use in a slow cooker.

Fishing for Health
This workshop covers the health benefits of including more fish in your diet, as well as safety concerns and sustainability issues. Prepare and sample some easy recipes that will make a fish lover out of you.

Savor the Season
Cook and sample healthy and delicious recipes made from local and seasonal foods. Learn how to use the fruits and vegetables in season now, and where to find them. (Offered any time of year)

Winter Soups and Stews

Enjoy making and sampling some nourishing and warming recipes. Build confidence in creating your own soups from simple ingredients, and take home a collection of tried and true recipes

Mediterranean Cooking
Learn some healthy cooking techniques using more olive oil, tasty vegetables and hearty whole grains for a heart healthy diet. Includes food preparation and sampling!

Preserving the Bounty : An Introduction to Home Food Preservation
Have you always wanted to make your own pickles, jams, or flavored vinegar but been afraid to try? Learn the basics of safe dehydrating, pickling, jam and jelly making, canning and freezing. Participants will sample products and make a project to take home. This class can be offered alone or as a series, and may also may offered as informational only.

Fermentation of Foods
This class will include the nutritional benefits of fermented foods including yogurt, sauerkraut, kim chi and kombucha. A lesson on fermentation as a method of home food preservation will include making sauerkraut.


Karen Roberts Mort
Association Resource Educator

Last updated June 3, 2020