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DINNER TONIGHT - cOOKING FOR ONE: LET'S HELP ROBERT EAT AT HOME

Elizabeth Trejo,

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Dr. Sonja Davis, harris county -FCH, partnered with AmeriGroup,

Francia Urrea and Wesley Community Center,

Esperanza Gauvin

Elizabeth Trejo, Family & Community Health

Harris County Extension Agent

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The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Family and Community Health in collaboration with Francia Urrea, Amerigroup-Community Relations Account Manager and Esperanza Gauvin, Wesley Community Center presented the “Dinner Tonight: Cooking for One."

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics that there are now more single people in America than there are married ones, thus creating a challenge for that population to prepare and eat nutritious meals. One is no longer the loneliest number in the kitchen.

Through information presented during the first session, Cooking for One-Let’s Help Robert Eat at Home, participants learned creative, easy recipes that got them excited to cook again, even if they're going to be eating alone.

Presenters, encouraged them to make a meal plan, write a shopping list, shop for groceries, and store left overs properly.

Finally, the audience had an opportunity to sample a collection of healthy and delicious meals that were prepared, by the Family and Community Health staff from start to finish.

The audience got to sample the recipes that included the Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad and Peach Delight.

blood glucose ranges, eating healthy with diabetes using the plate method, the importance of taking medications, stress management, avoiding diabetes complications and much more.

Each week participants were assigned homework related to the topic and set personal goals to better manage their diabetes or improve their lifestyle. Samples of homework and goal topics included exercising, reading food labels, counting carb servings and checking their blood glucose levels. If a participant set a goal, but didn’t achieve it, they were held accountable, but never reprimanded in a negative manner. Classmates provided support, motivation and encouragement to one another. Participants were equipped with knowledge and lifestyle skills to better

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69 participants