With all the unknowns surrounding COVID-19, there is one definite, affordable, and simple step we can take to help decrease the spread. The decision to wear a face covering in public helps to limit the distance that an air droplet may travel from your mouth and nose to others around you. With symptoms of COVID being unpredictable, the safest thing to do is assume you may be infected and take the proper precautions so as to not infect anyone else you may cross paths with. “The CDC recommends all people 2 years of age and older wear a cloth face covering in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.” (cdc.gov)
Right: A cloth mask secured under the chin and above the nose, fit snugly to your face.
Wrong: A mask not securely covering your nose or mouth completely or one not made of cloth.
As we slowly begin to hold programming again, Cooking Matters will look a little different than it has in the past. We will provide and require the use of masks to all staff, volunteers and participants for in-person programming, we will follow the recommended 6-foot social distancing guidelines, and we will offer the option of virtual classes to all of our partners in order to limit our physical contact as much as possible.
In addition, thorough sanitation measures will take place both before and after each in-person class.
I couldn’t let March walk out the door without recognizing National Nutrition Month and Registered Dietician Nutritionist Day (March 13, 2019)! This is a wonderful time to recognize all of our amazing nutrition volunteers who make such a big impact on our participants throughout the year. Your passion for the health/nutrition field and desire to teach others helps make Cooking Matters the successful program that it is. So from the bottom of our hearts here at Dare to Care: THANK YOU!
Below you will find some quotes from our participants over the last year praising your ability to connect with and teach others:
“Decreased salt, educated on food labels, learned ways to incorporate fruit in meals…”
“[I] learned to be comfortable with trying new & healthy ingredients I wasn’t familiar with.”
“[I’m] more aware of reading labels when shopping. [I] Choose more healthy ingredients to use when I cook…”
“It has me eating more wheat pastas which are healthier for me.”
“[I’m] more conscious of whole grains, looking at labels every time, trying to find healthier options- more whole grains, more proteins, fiber…”
“It has helped me a lot and now I think about what I eat.”
Is a New Years Resolution to be more involved in the community, give back more, or follow your passions? Dare to Care is looking for volunteers to help teach our Cooking Matters program as a nutrition or culinary instructor. NO formal training needed, just a passion for health and/or cooking, and a desire to teach others what you know! We provide thorough training for anyone interested. Contact Angie Breuer today at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about how you can help to end hunger in Kentuckiana!
Already happily active with our Cooking Matters program? Share your experience with family and friends that you think might also enjoy the experience!