Nutrition Education

Eating a balanced diet is the cornerstone of our good health and well-being. It affects everything from weight, to energy levels, to overall health, to personal confidence. Yet in a culture consumed with marketing myriad of highly-processed products, many of us are left without a clear understanding of nutrition labels, much less the types and quantities of foods necessary to achieve a healthy diet. The organizations below offer classes, workshops, and other information on nutrition to help empower DC residents to eat well-balanced diets.

Anthony Bowen YMCA Culinary Studio

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Our culinary studio at YMCA Anthony Bowen is the home of inspired cooking – from special interest to seasonal to basic cuisines! Whether you’re looking for a unique date night, girl’s night out, a better understanding of nutrition or more freedom and confidence in the kitchen, our cooking classes are just the answer.

Anthony Bowen YMCA Culinary Studio

Arlington Food Assistance Center

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Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) is a community-based non-profit that provides supplemental groceries to residents of Arlington in need. AFAC remains dedicated to its simple but critical mission of obtaining and distributing groceries, directly and free of charge, to people living in Arlington who cannot afford to purchase enough food to meet their basic needs.

Arlington Food Assistance Center

Brainfood

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Brainfood is a non-profit youth development organization in Washington, DC. Using food as a tool, Brainfood builds life skills and promotes healthy living in a fun and safe environment.

Brainfood

Capital Area Food Bank

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The Capital Area Food Bank is the largest organization in the Washington metro area working to solve hunger and its companion problems: chronic undernutrition, heart disease, and obesity. By partnering with 444 community organizations in DC, MD, and VA, as well as delivering food directly into hard to reach areas, the CAFB is helping 540,000 people each year get access to good, healthy food.

Capital Area Food Bank

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CentroNía

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CentroNía is a nationally recognized, award-winning educational organization that provides affordable, high quality education, professional development and family support services in a bilingual, multicultural environment to more than 1500 children.

CentroNía

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City Blossoms

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City Blossoms is a nonprofit dedicated to fostering healthy communities by developing creative, kid-driven green spaces and innovative resources, approaches, and techniques.

City Blossoms

Common Threads

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Founded by Chef Art Smith and artist Jesus Salgueiro in 2003, Common Threads grew out of the belief that family and food have the power to nurture and strengthen us, to connect us to culture and community, and to teach and excite us about our world. Through our hands-on cooking programs and nutrition education, Common Threads provides a preventative health program solution in urban schools.

Common Threads

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Cooking Matters

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Cooking Matters helps families to shop for and cook healthy meals on a budget, as part of Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign.

Cooking Matters

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DC Central Kitchen

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DC Central Kitchen is America’s leader in reducing hunger with recycled food, training unemployed adults for culinary careers, serving healthy school meals, and rebuilding urban food systems through social enterprise.

DC Central Kitchen

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DC Department of Health

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The Mission of the DC Department of Health (DC DOH) is to promote and protect the health, safety and quality of life of residents, visitors and those doing business in the District of Columbia. DC DOH’s responsibilities include identifying health risks; educating the public; preventing and controlling diseases, injuries and exposure to environmental hazards; promoting effective community collaborations; and optimizing equitable access to community resources.

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DC Office on Aging

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Through Aging and Disability Resource Centers and the senior service network, DCOA provides a wide variety of senior services from community dining and home delivered meals to seniors in the District, dietary and nutrition education guidance.

DC Office on Aging

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DC UrbanGreens, Inc.

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DC UrbanGreens’ mission is to feed bodies and nourish minds by increasing accessibility of affordable healthy foods to residents of food desert neighborhoods. A non-profit organization east of the Anacostia River in DC’s Ward 7 and Ward 8, DC UrbanGreens produces chemical-free fruits and vegetables on under-utilitized urban land. The organization employs innovative and scalable methods, techniques and business models to implement small-scale urban agriculture in a fiscally and environmentally sustainable way.

DC UrbanGreens, Inc.

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ECO City Farms

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ECO City Farms is an educational, non-profit organization located in Prince George’s County, Maryland designed to serve as a prototype for sustainable local urban farming. Currently, they operate two farms in Maryland, offer training classes and have a CSA with Certified Naturally Grown produce.

ECO City Farms

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Food and Friends

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The mission of Food & Friends is to foster a community caring for men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses by preparing and delivering specialized meals and groceries in conjunction with nutrition counseling.

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George Washington University Public Health Nutrition Program

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The mission of the MPH program in Public Health Nutrition at the Milken Institute School of Public Health (SPH) is to develop and train graduate students to integrate nutrition into the core of public health practice. The program encompasses a social ecological perspective to the role of nutrition in the etiology, prevention and treatment of both acute and chronic disease at the individual, community, national and global levels.

George Washington University Public Health Nutrition Program

Green Scheme

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The Green Scheme is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization promoting environmental sustainability, health awareness, and social justice. We are improving the trajectory of health, educational and economic outcomes in at-risk communities through training and awareness of environmental issues.

Green Scheme

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Healthy Living

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Healthy Living is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to educate people of all backgrounds, regardless of income, in how to plan and prepare simple, delicious, healthy meals in an environment that is supportive and safe, and which fosters community spirit.

Healthy Living

Manna Food Center

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Manna Food Center works to end chronic hunger in Montgomery County, MD.

Manna Food Center

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NAACP Health Program

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The NAACP DC Branch is implementing a 12-month Health Program to empower African-American women to adopt healthy lifestyles through gardening, cooking, healthy eating and physical activity. This Health Program will include monthly nutrition educational activities, fitness programs and online health coaching from May 2016 through May 2017.

NAACP Health Program

Takoma Crossroads Community Food Network

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Crossroads Community Food Network is working to improve community health through local food access programs and education for at-risk populations in Maryland’s Takoma/Langley Crossroads area and beyond. Some of CCFN programs include a Farmers Market, healthy eating program, and a microenterprise training program.

Takoma Crossroads Community Food Network

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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAP/Food Stamps

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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the new name for the federal Food Stamp Program. The Districts’ SNAP program helps low-income residents and families buy the food they need for good health. You can apply for benefits by completing a State application form. Benefits are provided on an electronic card that is used like an ATM card and accepted at most grocery stores and some farmers’ markets.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAP/Food Stamps

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAP/Food Stamps - Specific Information on Nutrition Education

UMD Extension

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University of Maryland Extension (UME) is a statewide, non-formal education system within the college of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

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University of the District of Columbia (UDC Center for Urban Agriculture and Gardening Education (CAUSES)

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The Center for Urban Agriculture and Gardening Education of the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences of the University of the District of Columbia seeks to expand academic and public knowledge of sustainable farming techniques that improve food and water security, health and wellness by providing research and education on urban and peri-urban agroecology and gardening techniques to residents and organizations in Washington, DC, and beyond.

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WANDA

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WANDA: Women Advancing Nutrition, Dietetics & Agriculture is a new initiative to develop the next generation of women and girls as leaders from farm to fork in the Diaspora and Africa.

WANDA

Washington Youth Garden

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Washington Youth Garden is a nonprofit organization that educates youth about food, health and envirnomental science through self-exploration programs such a SPROUT garden science field trips and Green Ambassador summer high school internships.

Washington Youth Garden

Zenful Bites

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Zenful Bites is a social enterprise that provides plant-based eco-catering and holistic food education programming to foster a sustainable food system.

Zenful Bites

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