Community organizations are vital to helping stem the obesity epidemic in the United States. By offering nutrition classes, your organization can help educate adults and children about proper nutrition.
Nutrition in America is an increasingly prevalent topic as obesity rates rise. In our country, people eat too few fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk products, while consuming too much fat, sweetened beverages, and sodium.
More than two-thirds of American adults are either overweight or obese. Overweight and obesity trends among children are equally alarming. More than 23 million children and adolescents in the United States are obese or overweight. In fact, it is estimated that by 2030 the majority of people in the United States will be obese.
Many families and individuals have adopted habits of eating convenience meals higher in fat, sugars, and sodium more than homemade meals. These habits develop because of our fast-paced lifestyles, lack of knowledge, and the belief nutritious foods cost too much. Effective nutrition classes not only discuss the importance of eating healthy but also promote healthy lifestyles that include regular workout regimens.
As you plan your nutrition classes, first decide what your organization’s target audience will be. Will you be targeting children and adolescents, teenagers, adults, seniors, or all groups? It is important to know whom your classes are targeting so you can plan classes that engage that group. Classes targeted toward adults may be boring or too advanced for children, whereas classes for children will not suit adults or seniors.
During your planning, consider the individuals you want to lead your classes. What experience and education do you want these individuals to possess? Will their personalities and presentation styles suit your target audience?
Your organization will also want to consider the facility in which it will offer classes. This will help you determine the activities the classes can accommodate. For instance, if your facility has a kitchen, you can provide nutritious cooking classes to show individuals how to prepare healthy meals. Also, consider the topics you want to present in classes, the length of classes, and costs associated with classes.
Topics you may consider include the following.
- Healthy Eating on a Budget
- Understanding the Importance of Nutrition
- Combining Nutrition and Exercise
- Nutritious Foods Children Can Make
- Nutrition for Diabetics
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