Veggie Rx

Cooking & Nutrition Classes
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Veggie Rx Cooking and Nutrition Classes

help families learn how to make healthier food choices in a way that’s fun, accessible, and practical.

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“Prescription” Vouchers

Qualifying participants get free money to spend on fresh produce at the farmers’ market

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Healthy Cooking Demos

Taste delicious recipes made with healthy, fresh produce in every class

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Practical Skills

Learn strategies for cooking healthy, family-friendly meals on a budget

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Sustainable Lifestyle Change

Learn how to eat healthier in a way that you and your family will enjoy

About the Program

VeggieRx classes are free of charge, and are held in health clinics, schools, and community centers throughout the Bay Area. Our bilingual staff offers classes in both English and Spanish.

Participants gain an understanding of how nutrition can affect your health and well-being, while learning how to cook, identify, and shop for healthy foods that their families will enjoy. Every class concludes with a cooking demonstration, where you’ll taste delicious, healthy recipes made with seasonal fruits and vegetables.

The VeggieRx curriculum is taught in a 16-week series of 8 classes, as well as drop-in workshops. Qualifying participants receive “prescription” vouchers for fresh fruits and vegetables at local farmers’ markets, giving a unique no-cost opportunity to learn to shop for and prepare more fresh produce.

Veggie Rx

cooking and nutrition classes help families learn how to make healthier food choices in a way that’s fun, accessible, and practical.

VeggieRx classes are free of charge, and are held in health clinics, schools, and community centers throughout the Bay Area. Our bilingual staff offers classes in both English and Spanish.

Participants gain an understanding of how nutrition can affect your health and well-being, while learning how to cook, identify, and shop for healthy foods that their families will enjoy. Every class concludes with a cooking demonstration, where you’ll taste delicious, healthy recipes made with seasonal fruits and vegetables.

The VeggieRx curriculum is taught in a 16-week series of 8 classes, as well as drop-in workshops. Qualifying participants receive “prescription” vouchers for fresh fruits and vegetables at local farmers’ markets, giving a unique no-cost opportunity to learn to shop for and prepare more fresh produce.

Rx prescription symbol icon
“Prescription” Vouchers

Qualifying participants get free money to spend on fresh produce at the farmers’ market

pot of food icon
Healthy Cooking Demos

Taste delicious recipes made with healthy, fresh produce in every class

fork and spoon icon
Practical
Skills

Learn strategies for cooking healthy, family-friendly meals on a budget

apple icon
Sustainable Lifestyle Change

Learn how to eat healthier in a way that you and your family will enjoy

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% Participants Who Eat More Produce After Completing VeggieRx
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Participants Who Received Fruit & Vegetable Vouchers
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% Participants Who Felt Comfortable Cooking Fresh Produce After Completing VeggieRx
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Dollars in Fruit & Vegetable Vouchers Spent at Local Farmers' Markets

*Statistics from 2018

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Find a Class
Near You

VeggieRx classes are held on an ongoing basis in six Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa,
San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara, and Solano.

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Healthy Eating
Resources

View and download our cookbook, produce guide, healthy eating educational flyers, and other nutrition articles in both English and Spanish.

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Find a Partner Farmers’ Market

View a list of farmers’ markets where you can redeem you VeggieRx “prescription” vouchers for California-grown fresh fruits and vegetables.

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Host a Veggie Rx
class series

Host a Veggie Rx class series at your site! Learn about the logistics of class preparation, and discover whether your site is eligible to become a host.

16-week Program

Our full VeggieRx program includes a series of 8 classes held over 16 weeks. In these 1.5 hour-long classes, participants learn the basics of healthy eating, such as: strategies for eating more fresh produce, how to identify healthy fats and whole grains, and tips and tricks for eating healthy on a budget. Participants are engaged to share their experiences and knowledge during classes, and the challenges and successes they have had in their healthy eating journey. Classes conclude with cooking demos that allow everyone to share and taste new healthy recipes, and to discuss ways to modify recipes to add more vegetables and tailor flavors to individual and cultural preferences.

All participants receive health monitoring throughout the program, and participate in practical, hands-on activities about healthy eating. Qualifying participants also receive “prescription” fruit and vegetable vouchers at each class, with exact amounts based on family size, to spend on produce at local farmers’ markets. This works out to over $400 in vouchers for a family of four over the course of the 16-week program, providing participants a no-cost opportunity to learn to shop for and prepare more fresh produce for their families.

drop-in classes

VeggieRx drop-in classes use the same lesson plans as classes in the 16-week program, though they are typically only 1 hour in duration. Drop-in classes do not include health monitoring. Participants can take a single class, or attend the full series!

In drop-in classes, participants may receive up to $10 in vouchers per class depending on availability.

16-Week Program

Our full VeggieRx program includes a series of 8 classes held over 16 weeks. In these 1.5 hour-long classes, participants learn the basics of healthy eating, such as: strategies for eating more fresh produce, how to identify healthy fats and whole grains, and tips and tricks for eating healthy on a budget. Participants are engaged to share their experiences and knowledge during classes, and the challenges and successes they have had in their healthy eating journey. Classes conclude with cooking demos that allow everyone to share and taste new healthy recipes, and to discuss ways to modify recipes to add more vegetables and tailor flavors to individual and cultural preferences.

All participants receive health monitoring throughout the program, and participate in practical, hands-on activities about healthy eating. Qualifying participants also receive “prescription” fruit and vegetable vouchers at each class, with exact amounts based on family size, to spend on produce at local farmers’ markets. This works out to over $400 in vouchers for a family of four over the course of the 16-week program, providing participants a no-cost opportunity to learn to shop for and prepare more fresh produce for their families.

Drop-In Classes

VeggieRx drop-in classes use the same lesson plans as classes in the 16-week program, though they are typically only 1 hour in duration. Drop-in classes do not include health monitoring. Participants can take a single class, or attend the full series!

In drop-in classes, participants may receive up to $10 in vouchers per class depending on availability.

Questions about the Veggie Rx program?

 

Send us a message at programs@freshapproach.org

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