“Our HEALing Kitchen” is a “garden-to-kitchen” curriculum that provides knowledge and skill-building to increase fruit and vegetable selection, preparation, and consumption. This curriculum places emphasis on locally grown food and the benefits of eating a diet that is rich in fresh fruits and vegetables and low in saturated fats, sugars, and processed foods. “Our HEALing Kitchen” can also help support other foundation missions of the house.
HEAL, a partnership between St. Joseph Community Health Foundation and Parkview Health, is now offering funding to enable local organizations and churches to offer cooking classes aimed at helping people learn new, fun, and affordable ways to integrate healthy foods into their daily diets. The sponsoring organizations realize the importance of fresh fruit and vegetable consumption on overall health and Our HEALing Kitchen classes have been successful in increasing daily consumption by participants from 1.2 cups of fruit to 1.7, and from 1.3 cups of vegetables to 1.7. The majority of participants report they experienced health improvements and felt more energized when they started eating healthy foods.