Senator Anthony H. Williams and the Philadelphia Housing Authority are co-hosting a five-week nutrition program for the residents (specifically parents) of Bartram Village in Southwest Philadelphia. The newly dubbed Healthy Eating Program is a free event meant to serve as a pilot program that Williams hopes will develop into a broader community effort.
“There is a high amount of people who suffer from diabetes, hypertension and obesity in the Southwest District,” says Mike Nixon, a spokesman for Sen. Williams. “There is a great need here to teach people how to cook and eat.”
Cynthia Cave-McFadden will be the event’s nutritionist and chef. “I hope that through this program, people will learn what [foods] they can use to substitute for other unhealthier foods,” she says. “It’s good to be educated on those types of things because, not only will parents feel better about consuming healthy foods, they can feel better about feeding their children healthier foods.”
Cave-McFadden will do four cooking demonstrations (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a side) and explain the health benefits behind each of her ingredients. “Ingredients like mayonnaise can be expensive and unhealthy, but if you substitute it with non-fat yogurt, it can be healthier and cheaper.”
The Healthy Eating Program kicks off Thursday, February 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bartram Village Management Community Center (5404 Gibson Ave.), and will continue every Thursday until March 3.
Participation is limited to the first 20 Bartram Village parents who sign up, so call the senator’s office at 215-492-2980 to reserve a spot.