Healthy Starts at Home: Free workshops for families

ALBANY COUNTY — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany County is presenting a free, four-part Healthy Families Series for parents or caregivers to attend with their youth.

Dinner will be provided each night. Bus passes are available for transportation assistance.

The workshops will be held on Tuesdays from July 9 to 30; each one runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Howe Branch of the Albany Public Library at 105 Schuyler St. in Albany.

Advanced registration is required by contacting Barb Stevens by phone at 518-765-354 or by email at bes13@cornell.edu or by contacting Lisa Buenau by phone at 518-765-3556 or by email at lab38@cornell.edu.

A list of workshops follows:

— July 9: Healthy Family Meals— learn how to make nutritious, delicious, and affordable meals by planning. Take part in a food demo, and go home with new ideas and recipes for meals, snacks and desserts for your family;

— July 16: Fun Family Physical Activity — get active by learning games and activities to get the whole family moving. Discover the benefits of exercise and easy ways to work fun physical activity into your busy daily life;

— July 23: De-Stress and Be Mindful — join in a supportive environment to discuss stress management strategies for youth and parents of caregivers. Learn tips and strategies on how to be mindful and practice self-care to improve your emotional and physical health; and

— July 30: Keep Your Family Safe — learn about potential environmental hazards in your home, and how you can keep your family safe. Also discuss how to deal with risky behaviors, handle peer pressure, and keep your children safe from bullying.

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