Monday, August 13, 2012

Extension Nutrition Program and Price Cutter Grocery Stores Announce Joint Fall Classes

University of Missouri Extension’s Family Nutrition Education Program and Price Cutter grocery stores have expanded their joint effort to help teach customers about nutrition, food safety and food budgeting.

According to Jenni Nevatt, a nutrition program associate with MU Extension who teaches the classes at Price Cutter, the monthly series of classes will teach basic nutrition, food safety, and food budgeting and will begin at 10 a.m., on Thursday, Aug. 16.

Classes will be held in the state-of-the-art Taste Culinary Arts classroom located inside the Price Cutter Store on the corner of Republic Road and Kansas Expressway in Springfield

“When Ms. Nevatt approached me with her partnership proposal I jumped at the opportunity. The topics she will be addressing are of interest to food shoppers and we’re happy to be providing her an ideal space within one of our stores for this community outreach,” said Janet Brooks, Director of Marketing for Price Cutter.

Classes are about 90 minutes and will consist of a lecture, discussion and a food demonstration with samples provided. Upcoming scheduled classes are as follows:

10 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 16: “Smart Nutrition for Families.” A great class for new families, or simply for those who want to eat healthier, this informative session will show you easy, affordable ways to add more fruits and vegetables to your diet.

10 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 19: “Eating Smart: Make Half Your Grains Whole.” Participants will learn how to identify whole grain foods using food labels and how to add a greater variety of whole grains to meals and snacks. The class menu includes No-Bake Breakfast Bar and Zesty Veggie Pasta Salad.

10 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 18: “Eat Smart: Build Strong Bones.” In this lesson, participants will learn how to choose and prepare low-fat and fat free dairy foods that are also a good source of calcium. The class menu includes Stove Top Lasagna and Pumped Up Pudding.

10 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 15: “Eating Smart: Go Lean with Protein.” This class will cover a variety of information related to choosing foods that are an excellent source of protein. Participants will learn about different sources of protein and how to prepare them in ways to reduce fat. Methods for keeping foods safe will also be discussed. Class menu includes Pumpkin and Bean Soup and Peanut Butter Treats.

These scheduled classes are free but pre-registration is required and seating is limited to 18 per session. Anyone interested in attending can sign up on the Price Cutter website at

"MU Extension aims to educate and empower people in the community, so a partnership between MU Extension’s Family Nutrition Education Program and Price Cutter just makes sense,” said Nevatt. “This will allow us to be able to reach a large audience and make a bigger impact as we work to teach families how to make healthier choices."

Price Cutter is the only supermarket chain both locally and employee owned, operating 13 stores in the greater Springfield area. Its Taste Culinary classroom offers a full schedule of classes tailored for both adults and children, covering topics such as basic food preparation skills, ethnic cuisine and seasonal food favorites.

The goal of FNEP is to assist Missourians with limited resources in achieving lifelong health and fitness. In southwest Missouri, programs for youth and adults provide nutrition, food safety and tasting opportunities that allow participants to learn about healthy food choices and regular physical activity. Partnering with other agencies -- like schools, after-school programs, summer youth programs, WIC, Head Start, Health Departments, Food Stamp offices and a variety of social service agencies providing services to limited–income families -- is a key to FNEP’s success. For more information, contact FNEP coordinator Pam Duitsman at (417) 886-2059.


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