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July 13, 2016 | The AAI Food & Nutrition Workgroup piloted its second cooking class focused on nutrition for older adults. The July Cook & Connect class was created to support elder caregivers. The bilingual class (English and Spanish) was sold out and nearly half the participants were Spanish speakers.

The class was designed so that elder caregivers understand proper nutrition and how to make healthy choices, and are equipped with recipes to enhance their work

With an emphasis on “healthier” comfort food that tempts older appetites, the recipes selected were not only healthy but easy to prepare and cost effective. The menu included Summer Veggie Soup, Cauliflower Cheese—a great alternative to Mac and Cheese, and Black Bean Brownies. While all recipes were deemed easy, the Cauliflower Cheese was the class favorite. When surveyed, all participants gave overwhelmingly positive responses to the instructor and the experience of having an open dialogue about what ‘healthy eating’ means.

Links to information provided in the class:

Aging Action Initiative AAI Teaches Cooking to Elder Caregivers

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Aging Action Initiative (AAI) is a collective effort of more than 60 different agencies, grassroots organizations, commission and neighborhood groups, funded by the County of Marin and coordinated by MARINSPACE, collaborating for an age-friendly environment. For more information visit or connect with us on Facebook.