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Food for Life

The Food for Life program offers a variety of classes:

Cooking to Combat COVID-19

Cooking to Combat COVID-19


Food for Life’s Cooking to Combat COVID-19 delivers important nutrition information for optimal health to people who need it most during the pandemic. Lifestyle-related underlying health conditions, like diabetes, hypertension, and obesity are associated with the worst COVID-19 outcomes. But people often don’t know that plant-based diets are scientifically proven to prevent and even reverse many of those diseases. Now you can get this lifesaving information, plus cooking tips and delicious recipes, right in the comfort your home by signing up for an online Food for Life nutrition and cooking class today.

The Power of Food for Healthy Weight Management

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Discover which foods are optimal for weight management, learn about various health topics, and get empowered with the practical cooking skills needed for better health. Enjoy cooking demonstrations and taste delicious, healthful dishes in a supportive group setting.

Featured Class Topics

  • Power of Your Plate 
  • Let’s Go! 
  • Getting in Gear 
  • Breaking the Food Seduction 
  • Keys for Natural Appetite Control 
  • Digestive Health 
  • Healthy Blood Pressure

The Power of Food for Cancer Prevention and Survival

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Understand how to prepare cancer-fighting meals loaded with antioxidants and phytochemicals, high-fiber and low-fat foods, and healthy dairy alternatives. The series also provides information on planning meals and maintaining a healthy weight.

Featured Class Topics

  • Introduction to How Foods Fight Cancer 
  • Fueling Up on Low-Fat, High-Fiber Foods 
  • Favoring Fiber 
  • Discovering Dairy Alternatives 
  • Replacing Meat 
  • Cancer-Fighting Compounds and Immune-Boosting Foods 
  • Maintaining a Healthy Weight
  • Foods and Breast Cancer Survival (Supplemental Class)
  • Foods and Prostate Cancer Survival (Supplemental Class)

The Power of Food for Diabetes Prevention and Treatment

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Learn how a plant-based diet reduces the risk of diabetes and can greatly benefit those who have been diagnosed with the disease. Each class offers a cooking demonstration and provides samples of delicious, health-promoting meals, along with easy and affordable recipes.

Featured Class Topics

  •     Introduction to How Foods Fight Diabetes 
  •     The Power of Your Plate and Grocery Cart 
  •     Understanding Type 2 Diabetes 
  •     Designing a Diet for Maximum Weight Control 
  •     Using the Glycemic Index 
  •     Keeping a Healthy Heart 
  •     Diabetes Care From Head to Toe 
  •     Making It Work for You

 

The Power of Plant-Based Nutrition for Health

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Based on the Physicians Committee’s online 21-Day Vegan Kickstart program, discover that the guiding principle for weight loss and good health is not restricting the amount of food eaten but rather choosing the healthiest foods—fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes. This course does not include live cooking demonstrations.

Featured Class Topics

  • Kickstart Your Health: Weight Control and Diabetes Prevention 
  • Let’s Go (Begin Kickstart, Label Reading)
  • Getting in Gear 
  • Weight Loss

  The Power of Food for Health on a Limited Budget

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Find out about the economic value and health benefits of plant-based foods. Attendees discover the relationship between diet and disease, get tips on planning a budget-friendly weekly or monthly menu, and enjoy cooking demonstrations that do not require costly cooking gadgets or equipment.

Featured Class Topics

  • The Power Plate 
  • How Foods Fight Diabetes 
  • Foods for a Healthy Weight 
  • How Foods Fight Heart Disease 
  • Grocery Store Tour (Supplemental Class)

The Power of Food for a Healthy Start

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Learn the benefits of the Power Plate, which contains whole grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables. Children ages 9-12 will learn about the health benefits of eating a plant-based diet while sampling delicious, kid-friendly recipes. The curriculum aims to empower children with the knowledge and skills they need to establish healthy habits for life.

Featured Class Topics and Objectives

  • Bang-Up Breakfasts
    Learn the important role diet plays in the cancer process.
  • In-Betweener Meals and Sweeter Deals
    Identify the new four food groups using the Power Plate and understand the role of dietary fat, cholesterol, and fiber for overall health.
  • Rainbow Lunches
    Understand the importance of eating a “rainbow” of fruits and vegetables loaded with vitamins and minerals.
  • Digging These Dinners
    Recognize plant-based foods that are full of protein, calcium, and iron. 

The Power of Food for Workforce Health

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Featured Class Topics

  • Power on Your Plate 
  • Let’s Go!
  • Getting in Gear 
  • Breaking the Food Seduction  
  • Keys for Natural Appetite Control 
  • Digestive Health  
  • Introduction to How Food Fight Cancer 
  • Introduction to How Foods Fight Diabetes 
  • Healthy Blood Pressure

Food for Life: Your Body In Balance

Your Body in Balance

Dietary choices have a surprisingly powerful effect on hormones and the problems they cause. The information provided in these classes explains the latest research and offers a new approach to treating, preventing, and even curing many of the most common and persistent health problems.

Featured Class Topics

  • Foods for Fertility
  • Curing Cramps and Premenstrual Syndrome
  • Tackling Hormone-Related Cancers
  • Reversing Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
  • Tackling Menopause
  • Curing  Erectile Dysfunction and Saving Your Life
  • A Healthy Thyroid
  • Foods and Mood
  • Avoiding Environmental Chemicals

Food for Life: Diabetes Initiative

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Our widely successful Diabetes Initiative curriculum translated for Spanish speakers. Each class offers a cooking demonstration and provides samples of delicious, health-promoting dishes, along with easy and affordable recipes.

El objetivo de este programa es apoderar a las poblaciones que tienen diabetes o preocupaciones sobre el desarrollo de la diabetes, junto con sus amigos y su familia, con la nueva información y habilidades. Cada clase ofrece una demostración de cocina, y proporciona muestras de platos deliciosos y promoción de la salud, junto con un paquete de recetas fáciles para llevar a casa.

Featured Class Topics

  • Introducción: Cómo los alimentos combaten la diabetes - Introduction to How Foods Fight Diabetes
  • Entendiendo la diabetes tipo 2 - Understanding Type 2 Diabetes
  • Diseñando una dieta que controle peso al máximo - Designing a Diet for Maximum Weight Control
  • El índice glucémico - The Glycemic Index
  • Manteniendo un corazón sano - Keeping a Healthy Heart

Single Classes

Food for Life The Power of Food

Food for Life: Foods for a Healthy Heart

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and around the world. Research, however, shows a plant-based diet does not just prevent heart disease, but it can manage and sometimes even reverse it. In this stand-alone class learn about the key role of healthful eating habits and other lifestyle factors in heart health.

Food for Life: Power Foods for the Brain

Plant-based foods are beneficial to the brain and may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. A decline in brain health is not an inevitable part of aging. But how we eat and live can help us protect our memory and stay sharp into old age. In this stand-alone class, you will learn strategies for maintaining memory and improving brain function including how to prepare brain health promoting meals.

Food for Life: Food for Fitness

A diet comprising whole grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables has been shown to provide the ideal fuel for any physical activity and enhanced recovery. This stand-alone class delivers the knowledge and skills needed to prepare simple, nutritious meals that fuel optimal fitness and recovery.

Get Healthy With Good Nutrition

Food for Life classes teach you how to improve your health with a plant-based diet.