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Med Instead of Meds

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.

Class Dates for Med Instead of Meds

Classes will be held at the Wilson Ag Center from 5:30p until 7:30p. All classes include program materials, cooking sessions, and practical resources. Pre-registration required. 

  • April 2nd: Intro to the Med Way & Mindful Eating
  • April 9th: Change your Protein, Meal Planning
  • April 16th: Swap your Fats & Snacks, Portion Control
  • April 23rd: Increasing Fruits & Vegetables, Mindful Eating
  • April 30th: Make your Grains Whole, Label Reading
  • May 7th: Rethink your Sweets, Simple Steps to Physical Activity


Please email Cassidy Hall to register at cdhobbs3@ncsu.edu OR click here. Deadline to register is March 29th, 2019. Registration fee is $30 and must be paid in order to register. Please send or drop off with registration. 

There is a series registration fee of $30 to cover the cost of ingredients. For more information, contact Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, Cassidy Hobbs at 252-237-0111. In the mean time, visit www.medinsteadofmeds.com to learn more about the Med way!