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Gaston County offers a variety of food preservation, nutrition, and wellness workshops designed to help you eat smart and move move everyday. Workshops are offered regularly throughout the year, including both in-person and virtual sessions. The majority of workshops are offered at no cost to participants – visit our Events Calendar or contact Linda Minges for more details.

Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)

individual cutting vegetablesEFNEP helps participants learn skills and strategies to feed their family nutritious meals on a limited budget and improve their overall health. Both adult and youth workshops are provided in Gaston County – contact Nautica Mason for more details.

Home Canning

participants in pickling workshop making dill pickles

Wanting to get started with home canning or perhaps it’s been awhile since you’ve canned? If so, contact Gaston County for the most current information and canning practices such as:

  • Annual testing of dial gauge pressure canners
  • Overview of home canning and equipment, supplies needed
  • Basics of water bath and pressure canning
  • Canning particular foods:  jams/jellies, pickles, vegetables, meats

LIFT:  Lifelong Improvements through Fitness Together

senior adults being physically active

Our newest program designed to help older adults improve strength, mobility, and build healthy eating habits. LIFT is an 8-week strength training program held in-person. Participants meet twice a week for 1-hour sessions.

This program is designed to help you:

  • Have fun
  • Improve everyday fitness
  • Connect with others
  • Make daily activities easier
  • Eat smarter
  • Build healthy habits to last a lifetime

Living Healthy

participants of Living Healthy workshopThis 6-week course, developed by Stanford University, is for anyone who wants to better manage a chronic health condition. Participants will learn how to:

  • Eat well to live well
  • Increase endurance, strength, & flexibility
  • Use medication effectively
  • Manage symptoms such as pain, fatigue & depression
  • Improve your communication skills
  • Solve problems and set goals
  • Increase your self-confidence
  • Handle stress and relax
  • Feel better and take charge

Sponsored by the Centralina Area Agency on Aging.

Living Healthy with Diabetes

participants of Living Healthy with Diabetes workshop

This 6-week course, developed by Stanford University, is for anyone with diabetes, pre-diabetes, or at risk for diabetes. Participants will learn how to:

  • prevent low blood sugar
  • prevent and delay complications of diabetes
  • eat well
  • use medications effectively
  • manage pain, fatigue and depression
  • solve problems and set goals

Sponsored by the Centralina Area Agency on Aging.

Local Foods

local growers at Gastonia Farmers MarketHave an interest in local foods? Want to learn how to make tasty, delicious, and EASY meals with a emphasis on seasonal availability? If so, these sessions are for you! In each session, you will receive a receive a variety of seasonal recipes that’s sure to help you eat smart all year long.

  • Cooking Smart with Winter Foods
  • Cooking Smart Spring Foods
  • Cooking Smart with Fresh Herbs
  • Cooking Smart with Summer Foods
  • Cooking Smart with Fall Foods

A Matter of Balance

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This 8-session program focuses on fall prevention and increasing physical activity. Designed to improve balance, flexibility and strength. Includes activities to improve balance and strengthen muscles, as well as discussion about fall prevention steps to make throughout your home. Sponsored by the Centralina Area Agency on Aging.

Med Instead of Meds

Med Instead of Meds

Interested in eating the Mediterranean Way, but not sure where to start? If so, this program is for! The 6-session workshop will help you Go Med by exploring 7 simple steps to eating the Med Way. Learn Med tips, life hacks, and recipes that will help you eat the Med Way every day.