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Press Release for Wednesday, April 1, 2015

New UNF Continuing Education Class Helps Employers and Employees Get Healthy

Jessica Scott, Public Relations Specialist

Department of Public Relations

(904) 620-2192


            The Division of Continuing Education at the University of North Florida is ready to help local businesses improve employee wellness through a new partnership and cooking class.


             Continuing Education has partnered with Food For Life, a subsidiary of Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a national nonprofit organization that promotes preventive medicine, particularly good nutrition, and supports higher standards in research, to produce the “Food for Life: Employee Wellness” cooking course.


            “We are thrilled to partner with Food For Life to offer this unique opportunity to local businesses,” said Tim Giles, UNF Continuing Education director.


            Classes will include cooking lessons, shopping advice and the health benefits of a plant-based diet. Cost-saving tips and nutritional empowerment will provide participants budget-friendly tools for wellness planning.


“The challenge is not only to teach people which foods are good for them, but also to show them howto make the foods taste good,” said Susan Levin, PCRM director of nutrition education.



Each class will focus on important nutrition topics as Jacksonville’s Food for Life cooking instructor, Heather Borders, guides students through the preparation of tasty and easy-to-prepare recipes.



There will be an information session 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 10. Attendees will learn more about the interactive cooking course series designed to show employees how to easily create a sustainabledietary lifestyle rich in vegetables, fruits, grains and legumes.


            To register for this session, contact the UNF Division of Continuing Education at (904) 620-4200 or visit the registration
link .



Food for Life is a collaborative effort of physicians, researchers, and nutritionists who have joined together to educate the public about the benefits of a healthful diet for weight management and disease prevention. Based in Washington, D.C., Food for Life is a program of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.



The UNF Division of Continuing Education is the premier provider of lifelong learning, workforce development and enrichment experiences. It’s committed to economic development—one person, one company at a time—and provides excellence through quality programs, customer satisfaction and transformational learning.



UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.