Starting in March, observed as National Nutrition Month, Wheeler’s registered dietitian and diabetes educator, Jessica Masterson, RDN, CDN, will host twice-monthly, free toddler nutrition classes and cooking demonstrations to help parents and caregivers keep their children healthy.
Provided to the community free through the support of the Corsini Family and the Lori Ann and David Brantner Charitable Fund, the events are held at the Corsini Demonstration Kitchen at Wheeler's Family Health & Wellness Center, a community health center at 43–49 Woodland Street in Hartford.
“Good nutrition is an essential building block of a child’s overall health,” said Susan Walkama, LCSW, president and chief executive officer, Wheeler. “This innovative, family-friendly program is designed to help parents and caregivers to better understand the essential elements of nutrition and to make healthy decisions about their child’s diet.”
Nutrition classes, designed for parents and caregivers of children ages 1-3, feature a general overview of nutrition with rotating topics. Cooking demonstrations include a brief introduction to nutrition and nutrition basics, including nutritional qualities of ingredients, acceptable substitutions, take-home non-perishables, recipes and more.
March 12 at 10:00 a.m.
Toddler Nutrition Class
This session will focus on why nutrition is important for child development, small dietary changes to keep toddlers healthier, some tips for foods to focus on, and more.
March 19 at 5:00 p.m.
Cooking Demonstration - Healthier Favorites for Kids
Parents and caregivers will learn the basics of a healthy diet and how to improve the nutrition of some kid favorites, like chicken fingers with dip, veggie-based sides and snacks, chocolate banana frozen “ice cream,” and more.
In April, the cooking demonstration will feature child-friendly breakfast ideas that they can help make. The educational talk will focus on what parents and caretakers can do if their child is a picky eater.
Childcare and activities for children are provided. A free gift is available for all participants after every class, and anyone attending three classes can receive a $50 grocery store gift card.
Pre-registration is not required, but strongly recommended by RSVPing to Jessica Masterson at JMasterson@Wheelerclinic.org.
Wheeler's nutrition programs help patients and the community fight chronic disease and achieve wellness through consultation, education, and individual counseling for children, adults, and families, focusing on how healthy diet can address:
- Feeding issues
- Failure to thrive
- Medical nutrition therapy for HIV/AIDS
- Weight concerns
- Sports nutrition
- Digestive disorders
- Food allergies
- And more!
Nutrition counseling services are offered through Wheeler’s Family Health & Wellness community health centers at 43-49 Woodland Street in Hartford and 75 North Mountain Road, New Britain.
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Wheeler Family Health & Wellness Center, Hartford
Wheeler’s Family Health & Wellness Center at 43 Woodland Street, Hartford, is a community health center that provides medical and dental care for the whole family, as well as behavioral health care and a full range of alternative and complementary medicine, such as yoga, chiropractic care, acupuncture, exercise, and mindfulness. Our doctors, medical assistants, clinicians, counselors, and care facilitators work side-by-side as a team to meet your complete health care needs, in one location.
Wheeler's Health & Wellness Center, Hartford, is funded in part by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an operating division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Wheeler is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).
Medicaid, Medicare, and commercial health insurance welcome. No patient will be denied health care services due to an individual’s inability to pay for services. Improvements to the Family Health & Wellness Center are supported in part by the State of Connecticut Nonprofit Grant Program, the Connecticut Health & Educational Facilities Authority, the Maximilian E. and Marion O. Hoffman Foundation, and the Ensworth Charitable Foundation. Additional support is provided by Delta Dental of New Jersey Foundation.
Wheeler provides comprehensive solutions that address complex health issues, providing individuals, families and communities with accessible, innovative care that encourages recovery, health and growth at all stages of life. Our integrated approach to primary and behavioral health, education and recovery creates measurable results, positive outcomes and hopeful tomorrows for more than 30,000 individuals across Connecticut each year. Learn more: www.wheelerclinic.org