The Virginia Cooperative Extension Nutrition Education Program provides education to help families and individuals understand how to best manage their food resources, maintain personal health and reduce food related risks. In addition, educational resources are available to assist individuals and families in identifying local food resources, answering food handling concerns and understanding dietary needs. This service is offered to residents of Prince William County and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park by trained volunteers and Virginia Cooperative Extension staff.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Stretching Your Food Dollars
Learn the basics of nutrition and meal preparation including meal planning and recipe ideas. Know how to eat well within your food budget and make your money and food stamps go further. Realize what you need to look for on the nutrition food label. Learn to make healthy choices and portions for the whole family. Find out about food storage and safe food handling. Set up a physical activity program for your family. This free program is offered to individuals and families of all ages who receive or qualify to receive food stamps, free or reduced school lunches, WIC or Department of Social Services assistance. Classes are conducted in English and Spanish in small group sessions.
Living Well with Diabetes/Pre-diabetes
Living Well with Diabetes is a lifestyle management program where participants discuss behaviors that affect diabetes management and healthy eating. Topics include diet, exercise, stress and medications. There are four two-hour classes and a follow-up class after three months. A hemoglobin A1c test is taken at the first class and at the follow-up session. There is a light meal at the beginning of each class and participants receive a notebook of information and recipes. The instructors include a Registered Dietitian, a Registered Nurse and a Certified Diabetes Educator. Spouses, friends or caregivers are encouraged to attend. There is a small fee to cover expenses. Classes are conducted in English and Spanish. Click on the links below for more information on the next scheduled course session.
Nutrition Education for Caregivers and Seniors
This program is offered for child and adult care providers. The sessions include sharpening management skills in meal planning and preparation, and understanding the specific needs of children or seniors. The Senior Nutrition Workshop discusses the importance of meeting the nutrition needs of the elderly including focusing on nutrient dense foods that are easy to prepare.
Canning Classes and Pressure Cooker Testing
Learn about water bath canning and making jellies, jams and chutneys to give as gifts. Understand the basics of home food preservation and food safety. Make a healthy (low salt) soup mix in a jar. For more information call 703-792-4764.
Virginia Cooperative Extension
Nutrition Education Program
8033 Ashton Ave. Suite 105
Manassas VA 20109
Virginia Cooperative Extension complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you are a person with a disability and require auxiliary aids services or other accommodations for a workshop or meeting please discuss your accommodation needs at least five days prior to the event with Virginia Cooperative Extension 703-792-6289/TDD PC 1-800-828-1120