With the support of the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE), consumers were able to participate in a free eight-week program designed to provide the knowledge and skills needed to improve their diet and overall health.
Pam Marion, nutrition program educator for the CCE, led interactive workshops at the ARISE Oswego office. Topics ranged from proper portion sizes to identifying whole grains and decoding nutrition labels.
Not only were the group classes a fun way to develop healthier eating habits, they also provided an opportunity for consumers to bond and develop financial skills in budgeting and money management. A group trip to the grocery store demonstrated how to maximize coupons to save money, calculate unit prices for products, and plan their meals around the specials of the week.
After graduating from the class, one of the participants shared that she has switched to 1percent milk and is working to eat within her recommended calorie range. Others have reported switching to whole wheat bread, increasing the amount of vegetables in their diet, eating breakfast, and increasing their activity levels.
"We are proud of the progress our consumers have made in achieving their personal goals and look forward to continuing our work to help people with disabilities in our community achieve success," Marion said.
ARISE is a non-profit Independent Living Center run by and for people with disabilities. The organization has been providing advocacy and services since 1979, and each year ARISE works with approximately 4,000 people of all ages who have all types of disabilities. ARISE has offices in Onondaga, Oswego, and Madison Counties and operates ARISE at the Farm, a 77-acre recreational facility in Chittenango, NY, and ARISE & Ski at Toggenburg Winter Sports Center in Fabius, NY.