Healthy Eating & Cooking Series for Chronic Conditions: “Med Instead of Meds”

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What is Med Instead of Meds?

Med Instead of Meds is a nutrition and cooking program to encourage healthy eating in efforts to prevent and manage chronic illnesses such as heart disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers.

Why “Med?” 

Researchers studied the traditional eating patterns of those in the Mediterranean region and found significantly lower rates of chronic illnesses. This eating pattern is rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans and legumes, herbs and spices, fish, white meat poultry, and healthy fats such as olive oil. It is NOT about a flavor profile! You can “go Med” by eating Mexican, Indian, and even American foods.

Med Instead of Meds emphasizes the role of our diet in our overall health. Think “Mediterranean instead of medication” or “pans instead of pills.” This program teaches you easy, simple life hacks to “go Med,” offers meal planning and shopping tips, as well as nutritional label reading and portion sizes. Over a period of six classes, you will gain the skills and recipes to live a healthy lifestyle and take control of your health.

2020 Class Dates for Med Instead of Meds

Classes will be held at the Wilson Ag Center from 1 until 3 p.m. All classes include program materials, cooking sessions, and practical resources. Pre-registration required. 

  • March 12: Intro to the Med Way & Mindful Eating
  • March 19: Change your Protein, Meal Planning
  • March 26: Swap your Fats & Snacks, Portion Control
  • April 2: Increasing Fruits & Vegetables, Mindful Eating
  • April 9: Make your Grains Whole, Label Reading
  • April 16: Rethink your Sweets, Simple Steps to Physical Activity

Registration Information

Register online! You may also email cassidy_hall@ncsu.edu to register now or call 252-237-0111. There is a series registration fee of $30 to cover the cost of ingredients. 

For more information, contact Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, Cassidy Hall at 252-237-0111. 

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Photo by Ella Olsson on Unsplash