Danville, VA (November 20, 2013) – Dan River Partnership for a Healthy Community (DRPHC) announces its inaugural Thanksgiving Family Feast event – a program to teach three local families how to plan and prepare a Thanksgiving meal with healthy updates to classic dishes. Presented by the DRPHC nutrition subcommittee and in partnership with God’s Storehouse, Family Feast is a four-hour event where each family will prepare a portion of the Thanksgiving meal following recipes that are lower in sodium, fat, and sugar. Lessons will be taught on meal planning, label reading, and how to shop at the grocery store. Along with preparing a nutritious meal, families will enjoy the real purpose of Thanksgiving by coming together and celebrating moments of kinship.
“This event will give the families lifelong lessons that will empower them to make healthier lifestyle choices. Cooking together as a family has multiple rewards. This is one way families can actually accomplish their goals for healthy eating as they nurture their children,” said Alisa McKenzie, Family Nutrition Program Assistant for Virginia Cooperative Extension and DRPHC nutrition subcommittee chair.
Three deserving families, each of whom was nominated to participate by various housing developments that are part of the Danville Redevelopment and Housing Authority, will work together to prepare the meal. The Thanksgiving feast will include green beans, maple sweet potatoes, collard greens and cabbage, brown rice, macaroni and cheese, corn bread, and a wholesome fruit salad. Several local retailers are generously donating ingredients and a turkey is being provided by Mary’s Diner.
Torhonda Martin, a mother and participant in the event, says, “I’m looking forward to learning about how to cook a healthy meal. I want my kids to learn how to be healthy so that they do not become overweight.”
Family Feast will be held from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23 at God’s Storehouse kitchen and activity room, located at 750 Memorial Drive in Danville. God’s Storehouse is a valued community partner of DRPHC and serves the local community by collecting and distributing food resources to those in need.
Dan River Partnership for a Healthy Community fosters community partnerships to combat obesity in the Dan River Region through healthy lifestyle initiatives. DRPHC was formed in 2009 as a community-academic collaborative partnership and includes more than 30 local organizations and academic partners from Virginia Tech. Through key initiatives such as community gardens, physical activity programming, and outreach events, DRPHC is working toward achieving its vision of a healthier Dan River Region.
DRPHC would like to thank our partner, God’s Storehouse.
DRPHC would also like to thank our community sponsors: