Med Instead of Meds Virtual Classes
Brunswick County and New Hanover County Family and Consumer Science Extension offer free online classes on the Mediterranean Diet.
Dr. Carolyn Dunn, state specialist in nutrition at N.C. Cooperative Extension and a group of professionals from NCSU and the N.C. Division of Public Health have developed a program called Med instead of Meds. The “Med” they are talking about is the Mediterranean Diet. This program encourages eating the Mediterranean way to reduce your risk of needing to take medications.
The Mediterranean diet is simple, delicious and satisfying, and there’s no purchasing special foods. It is filled with a variety of colorful vegetables, fruit, fish, seafood, lean poultry, whole grains, beans, extra virgin olive oil, wine, nuts and seeds. Switching out refined foods with whole plant-based foods is key and can be started with the very next trip to the grocery store or farmers’ market.
The Mediterranean-style diet has been recognized as a research-based eating pattern that promotes health and decreases the risk of many chronic diseases. Eating this way involves the healthy eating patterns that are traditionally practiced in countries that border the Mediterranean Sea. The diet can decrease risks of some forms of cancer, may be more effective than a low-fat diet for weight loss, may decrease the risk of macular degeneration and dementia and can improve blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
To help people get started on the Mediterranean Diet, the Brunswick County and New Hanover County Family and Consumer Science Extension staff are joining together to offer a series of virtual classes featuring Med Instead of Meds. These classes will share details on the Med Way and offer support for those wanting to ease into this lifestyle with discussions and cooking demonstrations.
The free program will be offered on Zoom for six weeks. Classes will feature Med tips, life hacks, live cooking demonstrations and recipes that will help you eat the Med Way every day.
Learn about the Mediterranean Diet
Med Instead of Meds
When: Wednesdays from 2 to 3 pm from February 3 to March 10; sessions will also be recorded and sent out to those who sign up
Where: Online on Zoom
Register: Brunswick.ces.ncsu.edu and click on the Med Instead of Meds link, or go to the Brunswick County NC Cooperative Extension Facebook page
Or contact Meghan Lassiter, Family and Consumer Science Extension Agent, at Meghan_lassiter@ncsu.edu or at the NC Cooperative Extension office in Bolivia at (910) 253-2594.