VCC Program Promotes Healthy Eating Habits

Portion sizes. Limiting sodium and sugar. Snacks. Exercise. Nutrition during pregnancy.

These are just a few of the many topics that come up during Nelida Avila’s interactive classes on nutrition and healthy eating habits.

Avila, a bilingual nutrition educator in VCC’s Health Promotion Center, travels to schools, apartment complexes and shelters throughout San Diego County to educate residents in low-income neighborhoods about good nutrition and healthy eating. She talks about sugared drinks, building a healthy plate, understanding nutrition labels, food shopping, meal planning and preparation. The class is free.

A popular feature of the class is the interactive cooking demonstration where she invites the class to participate. She also hands out colorfully illustrated cookbooks and recipe cards.

The nutrition education program, held in partnership with Live Well San Diego, is part of VCC’s continual work to promote healthy communities through education and outreach. To learn more about the program or to schedule a class in your organization, please call 760.631.5000 x7146.