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Nutrition Education 2018-02-27T19:35:47+00:00

Nutrition Education

Classes in nutrition, food safety, meal preparation and budgeting taught in collaboration with community organizations and partners.

The Houston Food Bank’s Nutrition Education department addresses food insecurity and hunger by using USDA materials and guidelines to achieve nutritional goals. Healthy nutrition habits promote health and reduce risk of chronic diseases such as obesity and diabetes. Individuals with skills in nutrition, cooking, food budgeting and food safety are better able to provide nutritious food for themselves and their families, thus improving health and moving toward more secure lives.

Houston Food Bank nutrition educators travel to organizations to teach classes tailored to the needs of a variety of groups such as socio-economically disadvantaged children, teens, parents, adults and elderly. Our classes revolve around the recommendations of USDA MyPlate and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The Houston Food Bank recruits and trains registered dietitians, nutritionists, chefs, physical activity specialists, dietetic interns and nutrition students to assist with courses. Most classes feature a nutrition discussion followed by a cooking demo highlighting the material of the class.

Classes:
– Are free of charge to low income populations
– Available in English and Spanish
– Require a minimum of 10 participants to be in attendance for every class offered

Examples of Class Topics:

– MyPlate
– Meal Planning on a Budget
– Eating Healthy on a Budget
– Nutrition Fact Labels
– Meal Prep Tips and Techniques
– Sugar Shockers
– Right-Size Portions
– Being a Healthy Role Model for Children
– Exercise and Stretching

The Cooking Matters program, supported locally by the Houston Texans, offers skills to families for making healthy, affordable meals at home. Classes are available for parents and adults. Contact Nutrition Education for details.

Stephanie Berno, MS, RD, LD
Nutrition Education Manager
832-369-9209
Sarah Sliffe
Nutrition Education Coordinator
832-369-9310
Brittany Niebel, MPH, RD, LD
Clinical Nutrition Coordinator
713-547-8694
Amanda Mendoza
Bilingual Nutrition Educator
713-547-8682
Elizabeth Del Rio
Bilingual Nutrition Educator
832-369-9298
Sandra Mangini
Bilingual Adult Nutrition Educator/Chef
832-369-9340
Sylvia Avila
Nutrition Educator/Physical Activity Specialist
832-369-9258
Jennifer Da Silva
Bilingual Nutrition Educator/Chef
832-869-9296
Melissa Ceballos
Bilingual Nutrition Educator
713-547-8676

Nutrition Articles

For questions regarding Nutrition Education, please contact:

Stephanie Berno, MS, RD, LD
Nutrition Education Manager
832-369-9209

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. This material was funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — SNAP. For more information about SNAP and how to apply, visit YourTexasBenefits.com