Upcoming Extension classes centered on health, exercise

A pair of projects designed to promote healthy living is coming to the county soon.

The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Office, at 97 Lake Dow Road, in McDonough, will conduct an eight-week, Walk-a-Weigh Program on Mondays, from noon to 1 p.m., beginning Jan. 30.

The cost to take part in the program is $25.

“There are three parts to the program each week,” said Extension Coordinator Susan Howington. “We discuss healthy-eating habits, taste healthy food, and walk together for the exercise part,” she said.

Melissa Souther is a program assistant for family and consumer sciences at the Extension Office. She said Howington will prepare food for participants in the Walk-a-Weigh program, and will start them on a regimen of walking.

“They will be weighing in also, so it is something to where they’re going to want to push to lose [weight], and to strive to make themselves feel better,” said Souther.

“It’s geared toward a healthy lifestyle,” said Frank Hancock, agriculture and natural resource agent for the Extension Service. “They’re going to team up with others in the program, and they’re going to get active ... It’s bringing people together, as a group, to do this. So, you can get support from other people.”

On Jan. 31, the office will host a one-day Cancer Cooking School, as part of the agency’s Cooking for a Lifetime program. Howington will teach the class, which is sponsored by the university and the American Cancer Society, from 10 a.m., to 2 p.m.

“She’s going to be talking about what foods may lower their cancer risk, how to fix foods with less fat and sodium and more fiber, and how to choose healthy foods from the grocery store,” said Souther.

The cost to participate in the cooking class is $2 per person.

For more information, call the Extension Office at (770) 288-8421.