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 fruit and vegetable consumption by participants. For example,
- From the first to the last classes, participants indicated a higher average number of days non-deep fried vegetables were eaten, increasing from 2 times per week to 5-6 times per week.
- From the first to the last classes, participants indicated a higher average number of days fruits like apples, bananas, oranges, melon, etc. were eaten, increasing from 3-4 times per week to 5-6 times per week.