Nutrition basics: University Extension offers one hour diet courses

Nutrition graduates

Parents have the opportunity to learn basic nutrition facts, how to save money when grocery shopping and healthier eating habits.

The one-hour training is part of a six-week program called Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program offered by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension.

Training focuses on eating healthy, access to food, culture and beverage intake following the “MyPlate” model using the five food groups.

It is open to all Rio Hondo parents.

Today’s meeting starts at 9 a.m. at the Rio Hondo Elementary cafeteria.

“ A lot of the parents enjoy the classes,” said Quincie Gomez, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension nutrition education assistant. “There is a lot of information we share they are not aware of.”

Gomez said parents will begin zeroing in on nutrition education, food intake and serving the right size portion.

The curriculum is based on basic nutrition set by the United States Department of Agriculture.

“ Parents who complete the program receive a graduation certificate from the program, kitchen accessories and a cook book,” Gomez said.

Gomez said this program is not just happening in Rio Hodo. Parents are also involved in the program in Brownsville.

“ A San Benito group of parents recently completed the program,” Gomez said. “It is open to groups of more than five people in Willacy and Cameron counties who would like to take the course.”