Partnership in ActionSYSTEMS APPROACH TO HEALTHY COMMUNITIES
Last spring, several Coalition partners collaborated to launch the "Fun Family Food Series,” an effort to teach young families to make the healthy eating choice the easy eating choice.
As a result of training offered by Delaware Public Health and the University of Delaware, this past Spring, the Sussex County Health Coalition, in partnership with Beebe Healthcare, Telamon, First State Community Action Agency, and the University of Delaware launched a pilot program to address potential policy, systems or environmental changes needed to make Sussex County residents healthier. All partners worked collaboratively to create, plan, prepare, and teach the "Fun, Family Food Series.”
Young families were invited to participate in a series of classes designed to help them make the healthy choice, the easy choice. Each of the five classes began with a light dinner prepared by the volunteers of Epworth Church and the Jewish Community Center. Every session offered tips on how to stretch their food budget and concluded with families being treated to several free cooking gifts such as measuring spoons and
The delicious meal was followed by a special "eat healthy” learning session taught by the University of Delaware’s Cooperative Extension, Family and Consumer Science team. After the completion of the learning sessions, families were invited to participate in an interactive cooking demonstration. Of course, the highlight of the evening was test tasting the final delicious product!
At the end of the program, all families left with a large bag of healthy groceries to take home, full stomachs and smiles on their faces. Thank you to everyone who made this a successful, delicious and educational program! Bon Appetit!