Free series of healthy cooking classes in SWLA - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Free series of healthy cooking classes in SWLA

In the fast-paced lives we lead, family dinner time might be a thing of the past for you as more people opt for fast food options. That is one reason obesity rates are soaring, but there is a new program to help change that in Southwest Louisiana by offering free healthy cooking classes and one-on-one help with a registered dietitian.

If you go for the fast more often than you go for the family table, your calorie, sodium and fat intake is undoubtedly higher than the home-cooked alternative. McNeese State University nutrition and food science instructor, Eljeana Quebedeaux is hoping to shake up and shape up the way families in the area eat. "They come in and based upon their needs and wants, we will try to plan a menu, planning and working together to put on a healthy plate," she said.

As part of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Dare to Be Healthy Initiative and Partnership for a Healthier Southwest Louisiana, Quebedeaux, along with registered dietitians and MSU nutrition students will be menu planning and cooking Louisiana style, with a healthier twist.  "This is more quick and easy, getting good nutrition into the family dinner," said Quebedeaux.

The kitchen classroom at MSU will be grand central station for eight free family cooking sessions with one goal. "We are getting healthier knowing that there are good, tasty choices out there that we are fueling our bodies in a very good way," said Quebedeaux.

The healthy cooking classes will not be the only way that local families will get help getting their kitchen and plate in shape. Five local families will be selected to work with registered dietitians for a period of 12 weeks for one-on-one nutrition help. "We're also going to be looking at where you like to eat out and talking about choices at restaurants, as well as just overall, what's the obstacles to eating healthy and what's the activity that's involved?" said Quebedeaux.

The next cooking class that you can register for is Thursday, April 25. Click here for the full schedule and details on how your family can apply for the free 12 week program with a dietitian.

Sessions and participants are limited in number, and preregistration is required.  Get Your Kitchen in Shape will be offered at McNeese State University in Gayle Hall 201, 4205 Ryan Street, Lake Charles from 5:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. on the following dates.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 (FULL)

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Thursday, August 29, 2013

For more information and to sign up: 

Eljeana Quebedeaux at (337) 475-5700 or

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