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Cooking healthy meals is fun when you can do it with other families at a nearby location. UW Extension and WestCAP have teamed up to offer an 8-week program for families called Family Table. Parents and children get together once a week to learn about nutrition and cook meals featuring healthy low-cost ingredients.
After the first 6 weeks, the Spott family from New Richmond is happy that they signed up. They want to involve their daughter, Megan, in learning new cooking skills and have a goal to eat healthier as a family. Jon Spott says, “Megan never ate vegetables before the class, and now she is sautéing veggies a couple times a week.” Nancy Spott adds, “We just purchased a steamer and tried steaming broccoli. Megan ate her helping and half of my plate.” Megan is proud of the fact that she learned to cut up vegetables and make soup and says that the family is doing more together in the kitchen.
The Janousek family from Baldwin also signed up for the class to involve the children in learning about healthy food choices. First and third graders, Lillie and Jacob, have enjoyed tracking their vegetables on a chart, making sure that they eat some different colored veggies each day. They also keep track of how they help with family meals. Each child is planning to work with their mom to plan a meal soon. Lillie says, “I really like to learn how to do stuff in the kitchen without screwing up!” and Jacob adds, “This class is awesome. I make food and make friends.” He is cautiously trying some vegetables such as red pepper for the first time.
Family Table is made possible with a grant from the Medical College of Wisconsin awarded to WestCAP. New sessions are starting in April in Glenwood City (Tuesdays starting April 2nd) and Spring Valley (Wednesdays starting April 3rd). Interested families should enroll now by calling WestCAP at 1-715-2654271. Income guidelines apply but are quite generous.