Molina Healthcare to Provide Free Healthy Cooking Class and Nutrition for Valley Children


Molina Will Partner With University of California’s Division Of Agriculture And Natural Resources

IMPERIAL COUNTY — In an effort to teach children about the importance of eating healthy and practicing good nutrition habits, Molina Healthcare will offer its fun and educational program, “Dr. Cleo’s Cooking Club” at Brawley Senior Center in Imperial Valley to dozens of children. The children participating in the class will be learning to make a “Hearty Smarty Chicken Salad,” with the help from University of CA Agriculture and Natural Resources 4-H Youth Development Program.

In the United States, nearly 35% of adults are obese. Studies show that individuals with lower income are more likely to be obese. In addition, obesity is more prevalent in Black and Latino communities. The rise has been attributed to everything from increased time spent playing video games and watching television to less physical education in the schools. However, another key contributor is diet.

In Imperial County, where approximately 75% of the population is Hispanic, the prevalence of childhood obesity is 39% compared with 28% in the state of California.

To round out the event, the children will also learn about food nutrition, cooking healthy meals on a budget, kitchen and food safety, reading recipes, and how to properly wash fruits and vegetables.

After the complimentary cooking class and nutritional education, each student will receive a certificate naming them a Junior Chef. Participants will also get their very own apron as well as healthy recipes so that they may continue practicing healthy eating habits at home.

The class is open to the public; parents are invited to bring their children to the FREE event. Kids ages 4 to 14, welcome.

WHERE: Brawley Senior Center
575 “J” Street (Corner of 8th & J Streets)
Brawley, CA 92227

WHEN: Friday, August 19, 2016
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.