Cooking with a Chef encourages good health

By Peter Kent

A free, hands-on program, called Cooking with a Chef, provides quick, nutritious and delicious menu ideas for limited resource families with preschool children. A chef works side-by-side with participants to prepare healthful, kid-appealing meals while a nutrition educator leads a conversation about wise food choices.

“We initiated the collaboration with Share Head Start in Greenville four years ago to encourage families to eat more fruits and vegetables, to cook at home, and to enhance their cooking confidence,” said Marge Condrasky, a registered dietician at Clemson and one of the program leaders.

With support from the Centers for Disease Control the program expanded to preschools in Spartanburg County last year. This year, research funds from the University extended the program to Anderson County.

Fresh produce for the program is donated by the BI-LO grocery chain and canned goods are donated through Department of Social Services Family Nutrition Programs.

For information: Marge Condrasky, 864-656-6554,