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Learning to Eat Better

You’ve chosen to eat healthier, but today’s surplus of diet dogma has you feeling overwhelmed rather than empowered. Fear not! These local resources can help.

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You’ve chosen to eat healthier, but today’s surplus of diet dogma has you feeling overwhelmed rather than empowered. Fear not! These local resources help cut through the nutrition confusion and provide you with the necessary tools to turn healthy eating resolutions into realities.

Ripple Effect Wellness
Dedicated to providing individualized nutrition advice, the Holistic Health Counselors at Ripple Effect Wellness offer Group Wellness Programs and Cooking Workshops focused on healthy eating and self-care. Specialized group programs extend anywhere from two to six months and include in-person sessions that provide handouts, food samples, book recommendations, recipes and more. Cooking workshops offer a more hands-on approach with classes for every life stage, including Teen Nutrition, the College Student’s Guide to Cooking and even Whole Food, Whole Family Nutrition. Workshops range from a one-time event to an extended series. Portsmouth. 401-683-8862, rippleeffectwellness.com

Rhode Island Rehabilitation Center
Led by registered dietitians, the Rhode Island Rehabilitation Center’s One-on-One Nutrition Counseling offers meal planning, smart snacking and grocery shopping information for adolescents, athletes and seniors, alike. Learn how foods affect your health, implement lifestyle changes, establish a long-term dietary plan and create a healthy body image during any private 45 to 60-minute session. Various locations. 401-946-4250, rirehab.com

YMCA
The YMCA goes beyond fitness activities and youth programs with its newly launched Healthy Lifestyles Program, a 22-week curriculum that teaches participants healthy eating habits and facilitates lifelong behavior change. A collaboration with the Stanford Prevention Research Center, this program brings trained lifestyle coaches to seven YMCA locations for one-on-one consultations and weekly group sessions. An initial health and lifestyle assessment helps adults set and achieve short and long-term goals to realize proper nutrition for life. 401-427-1825, ymcagreaterprovidence.org

Johnson & Wales University

Johnson & Wales has a new bi-weekly television segment as part of NBC10’s Cooking with Class series. Chef Jonathan Poyourow, '03, RD, LD, is teaming up with chefs and faculty from all campuses to educate consumers about healthy eating through media and community appearances. Every other Monday at noon on NBC10, or jwu.edu/eat-healthy

Farm Fresh Rhode Island
The state’s leading purveyor of local foods, Farm Fresh Rhode Island supports over 90 family farms and producers with a shared passion for good health and sustainable agriculture. Specifically, the Healthy Foods, Healthy Families program seeks to empower low-income families with the tools and information necessary to shop and cook fresh foods within limited budgets. This unique nutrition program educates parents and children through hands-on activities, food-based interactive lessons and monthly cooking demonstrations at select farmer's markets from July through October. Individuals can participate at this bi-weekly program any time by enrolling on-site, and will receive recipes, cooking tips and healthy incentives for every week they attend. farmfreshri.org

Whole Foods
Whole Foods’ Healthy Eating Specialists carry out the store’s “Health Starts Here” program with public classes, store tours, cooking demonstrations and community outreach programs. Each on-site healthy eating specialist shows clients the store’s healthiest options, while catering to their unique dietary needs and intolerances. One-on-one consultations (made by appointment or walk-in basis) help individuals craft specialized recipes from the store’s impressive lineup of organic ingredients, while partnerships with local organizations offer public health fairs and healthy eating lectures. Locations in Providence and Cranston. wholefoods.com

The Picture of Children’s Health
Founded in 2013 by Nutritional Consultant and author Joy Feldman, The Picture of Children’s Health serves to educate youth on the importance of healthy eating to help combat childhood obesity. TPOCH’s signature campaign, Eat Healthy Rhode Island, starts every March with an Eat Green, Wear Green campaign that targets over 200 schools and 75,000 students per year. thepictureofchildrenshealth.org