ISU Extension and Outreach To Help Latinos Live Well

Classes to Be Held in Muscatine

 

Muscatine, Iowa  – Latino families will learn how to improve their health and stay fit during a four-week series of free classes offered by dietitians from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Latinos Living Well classes will be held Thursday’s, March 22, 29, April 5 and 12, 6 to 8 pm at the Iowa State University Extension Muscatine County Office, 1514 Isett Avenue, Muscatine.

“There are many excellent wellness programs available to the public, but they aren’t geared toward Latinos and the cultural factors that influence their diets and physical activities,” says Sarah Francis, nutrition and health specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. ”These classes focus specifically on Latino families, the foods they eat, and their daily activities.”

Francis says the classes are designed to reduce diabetes, heart disease and other diet-associated conditions that strike Latinos at nearly twice the rate as other populations.

The classes will meet one time per week over four weeks. Attendees will:

  • Discover the types of foods that keep the body healthy;
  • Learn how to shop smarter;
  • Prepare and taste great-tasting foods in class; and
  • Learn how to build physical activity into your day

The classes will be presented in Spanish. Also, free daycare will be provided for each class session.

The Muscatine Health Support Foundation is providing funding for the series.  A second series of workshops will be held in West Liberty in the fall.

To register for the classes, contact Aracely Martinez at the Muscatine County Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Office at 563-263-5701. All registration and attendance information will be kept confidential.

 

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