Health & Wellness Education
In 2009, Cleveland ranked second poorest of all major cities with an overall poverty rate of 35%. “Poverty often results in food insecurity (which can take the form of skipped meals, limits portions, or poor-quality foods) and increases vulnerability to both hunger and obesity” (Beyers, Brown et al. 2008:98).
In addition to this endemic poverty residents of Central and Kinsman also suffer from acute healthy food access challenges. Not only has the federal government designated significant sectors of the community as a food desert but a 2008 assessment revealed that fast food in the area was 4.5 times more accessible than healthy food (supermarkets).
While the region as a whole has implemented commendable efforts towards healthy foods access via community gardens, farmers markets, urban farms, and local food procurement programs the resultant benefits achieved in other parts of Cleveland have not, to date, led to improved health outcomes for Central and Kinsman residents. To BBC, this indicates that access alone is not enough. In addition to access Central and Kinsman residents must undergo an intense but gradual behavior change to make healthy lifestyle choices.
Held in Cornucopia Place, health and wellness classes are offered year round with the primary purpose to help participants change their eating behaviors and incorporate healthy eating practices into their lives over an extended period of time. Below is a description of the classes and the length of each series.
Junior Chefs – Cooking classes for youth ages 7 – 12 to learn nutrition facts and make healthy snacks and meals. This is a four week series, one class per week, two hours per class.
Teen Chefs – Cooking classes for youth ages 13 – 17 to learn nutrition facts while making healthy snacks and meals. This is a four week series, one class per week, two hours per class.
Junior Nutrition and Wellness Boot Camp – Boot Camp for youth ages 8 – 14 that involve exposure to foods that will help promote fruit and vegetable intake among attendees. Healthy behaviors related to food choice and fruit/vegetable intake will be assessed for changes in attitudes, food preferences, and access to food. Exercise will be incorporated into each workshop and parents are welcomed to attend.
Healthy You – Cooking classes for adults to learn how to cook meals that will help decrease the symptoms of chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. This is a four week series, one class per week, two hours per class.
Cooking 4 Health – Cooking class for adults that teaches knife skills, stretching grocery money, and food safety along with putting a healthy spin to traditional meals. This is an eight week series, one class per week, two hours per class.
Cornucopia Place is located in Bridgeport Place, 7201 Kinsman Road, Suite 103B, directly next door to BBC. To register for a class or for more information, call BBC’s office at 216.341.1455.