Learn to cook healthy for free

TOPEKA – Shawnee County residents interested in learning how to prepare healthier meals on a budget can attend a free cooking class this month. Classes require preregistration, and are open on a first come, first serve basis according to the Shawnee County Health Agency (SCHA).

The class will take place once a week on May 11th and 18th. It will start at 1:30 p.m. Classes will be held at Highland Park United Methodist Church at 2914 SE Michigan in Topeka.

Citizen cooks will learn about healthy food options, how to purchase healthy foods on a budget, and how to prepare healthy meals at home. There will be a focus on lowering sodium in their meals.  The participants will enjoy hands on food preparation and have the opportunity to sit down and share the meal in a family style setting.

“We want to engage the entire family in the classes, so they can all learn and make cooking a fun family activity,” said Linda Ochs, family services division manager for the SCHA.

Classes are open to all family members ages five and older. Children under the age of five will be able to attend free childcare offered by the church.

You can register for the upcoming four-week program by calling SCHA at 251-2053.

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