Food insecurity and obesity are real threats for children in DC and, paradoxically, they go hand-in-hand, rooted in poverty and a lack of access to healthy food. So Common Threads uses a comprehensive approach, engaging parents and teachers, alongside children from underserved communities, in the project of transforming their health. Programs include hands-on, culturally-relevant, after-school cooking lessons for children and families (interweaving math, language arts, science, healthy eating and … fun); trainings and curriculum materials for teachers and partner organizations that incorporate nutrition education into their classrooms and programs; and workshops and grocery store tours for family members. All programs provide individuals with the skills and knowledge they need to choose, prepare, and enjoy healthy meals. Embracing a healthier lifestyle – and celebrating diversity through food – means changing the way we cook and eat and think. What’s on your menu?

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