Cooking & Nutrition

Every day is another chance to: 
to get STRONGER, to eat BETTER, to live HEALTHIER, and to be the BEST version of YOU
Marybeth Pena is a nurse program specialist offering a weekly Cooking and Conversation class to a group of students from the KinDoo Family Center.  
Looking at the results of our Cooking/Nutrition Program over the past three years fills us with hope. Although many of the women have set weight loss goals and achieved the goal, the most important change we have seen is lifestyle change.  We are seeing an increase in fruit and vegetable consumption and more exercise taking place.  These habits are leading to improved health outcomes, decreasing blood pressure and an improved sense of well-being and self-esteem.
This lifestyle change has been shared with family, friends, and the community.  Our KinDoo Health Ambassadors are foot soldiers in the fight to improve community health. They are determined to break the cycle of unhealthy eating and helping to provide preventive programs that will insure building a healthy, life-giving family environment.
KinDoo Garden
The KinDoo health and nutrition class, "Cooking and Conversations, Mind, Body and Spirit"
has a plot in the Indiantown Community Garden, a project that is overseen by the Boys and Girls Club of Martin County.  For the past year, the KinDoo Cooking Class has maintained a  vegetable garden plot in the community garden and harvested and utilized the fresh vegetables they have grown for their cooking class. Seven of the cooking class members now have their own vegetable plots for their families.  They are feeding their families fresh grown vegetables and developing a kinship in the community garden.