Classes and Workshops

Overview

The Nutrition & Physical Activity Program provides FREE nutrition classes and workshops to qualified Northwest Pasadena organizations and partners. We offer multiple classes in English and Spanish – in person, online and in hybrid settings.

We offer classes for multiple populations:

  • Early Childhood (Ages 0-4)
  • Transitional Kindergarten thru High School (Ages 5-17)
  • Adults (Ages 18-59)
  • Multigenerational (wide age range)
  • Seniors (Ages 60+)

The inclusive and trauma-informed classes teach:

  • Nutrition basics, especially for people who are on a fixed or limited income
  • Physical activity to decrease a sedentary lifestyle
  • Cooking skills with fun, easy recipes and hands-on cooking demonstrations
  • Healthy habit building such as meditation, yoga and staying hydrated
  • Food sustainability to reduce food waste
  • Gardening to promote outdoor activity

Be on the look-out for our full packet of upcoming classes and for ways to sign up and participate in the future!

Contact Information

Organizations interested in having one of our trained educators teach a class or workshop series please contact:

Katerina Mesesan
kmesesan@cityofpasadena.net


Para asistencia en español contacte a:

Jorge Martinez
jormartinez@cityofpasadena.net

 

 

Nutrition Education

Below is a list of some of the classes we are offering:

  • Grow It, Try It, Like It: n early childcare garden-themed nutrition education kit to help introduce children to six types of fruits and vegetables.
  • Food Smarts: a flexible, learner-centered cooking and nutrition education series with a focus on food waste reduction and meal planning.
  • Around the Table: Nourishing Families – a 6-week multigenerational series that promotes community connection to food through hands-on skill development and discussion.
  • A Taste of African Heritage:  a 6-week cooking curriculum that teaches history, nutrition and cooking techniques that reconnect participants with vibrant, healthy and traditional foods.
  • Eat Smart, Live Strong: Nutrition Education for Older Adults – an intervention designed to improve fruit and vegetable consumption and physical activity among 60-74 year old seniors.

Physical Activity

Physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health and well-being. Building healthy habits are critical to reducing the risks associated with obesity and other chronic diseases. Almost all of our nutrition education classes and workshop series incorporate physical activity promotion.

Here is a list of CalFresh Healthy Living approved physical activity curricula that the Nutrition & Physical Activity Program integrates into our programming:

  • Power Up in 10! - a great start to getting your daily physical activity. This booklet has (10) basic movement to increase strength and flexibility without equipment. Includes nutrition tips on every page. Offered in both English and Spanish.
  • Shape of Yoga – a booklet of ten basic yoga poses that encourages families to exercise together with yoga, building strength and flexibility. Offered in both English and Spanish.
  • Enhance Fitness – offers group classes and exercise programs to help older adults at all fitness levels and ability levels to become more active, energized and empowered.