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Single Jewish Parents Invited to Learn About Healthy Eating, Cooking and Shopping on a Budget

Providing nutritious meals to their families can be very challenging to single parents operating on a limited household budget. But about twenty of them will soon have a unique opportunity to learn how to make it work, and even enjoy it. Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service (JFS) is now registering single Jewish parents for a six-session course. “Let’s Get Healthy” will begin on November 3, 2013, thanks to a grant from the Jewish Women’s Foundation of South Palm Beach County (JWF).

”Since 1996, JFS has operated a food pantry in this community, and in the last several years we’ve seen a marked increase in the number of single parents unable to provide basic nutrition for their families,” said Danielle Hartman, President & CEO of JFS. “Receiving relatively low funds from government assistance programs, whether or not they realize it, they find themselves making unhealthy food choices that are linked to childhood obesity, poor nutrition and increased risk of illness. With the support of our local JWF, we’ll be able to make a real, continuing difference by helping build healthy lifestyles for these clients as well as other low-income, single parent families.”

The group will meet six times and also offer individual consultation to each parent. Registered nutritionist Myra S. Kronish, MS RD LDN CPT, will provide the services. All programming, including childcare during the sessions, will be offered free of charge to low-income residents of the Delray Beach/Boca Raton area.

The “Let’s Get Healthy” sessions will feature cooking classes and supermarket tours, as well as Understanding Basic Nutrition for a Balanced Diet, Planning Healthy Meals and Recipes on a Budget, and Money Management.

“I’m very excited with this opportunity to help single parents in our community,” said Kronish, a clinical nutritionist as well as a certified personal trainer and university instructor. “The typical American diet contributes to four of the six leading causes of death. Healthy eating can lower their medical problems and costs, and improve their ability to succeed at work and school. I am confident that given the tools, such as basic nutrition, cooking and money management, every family can live a healthier life.”

Classes will be held at the Jacobson Family Food Pantry in Delray Beach, on Sunday mornings from 10:00 to 11:30 am. Pre-registration is required. Single Jewish parents are invited to contact Beth Levine at (561) 852-3334 or email bethl@bocafed.org.

“We are grateful to the Jewish Women's Foundation of South Palm Beach County for making this program available to single parents in our community who are struggling to provide the best nutrition on very limited incomes,” said Hartman. “JWF is committed to expanding and improving opportunities and choices in the lives of Jewish women and children, and the tools these families acquire through “Let’s Get Healthy” will make a difference for many years to come.”

A non-profit, non-sectarian agency, Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service of South Palm Beach County has been committed to enhancing and improving the quality of life for all members of the community since 1979. JFS offers help, hope and humanity through a comprehensive range of programs and services which support people of all ages and beliefs. With locations in Boca Raton and Delray Beach, JFS programs and services include food and financial assistance, senior services, counseling and mental health services and many volunteer opportunities. Funding is provided by private and corporate support, grants, special events and individuals. For more information, visit www.ruthralesjfs.org, phone (561) 852-3333 or email info@ruthralesjfs.org.

Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service (JFS) offers help, hope and humanity through a comprehensive range of programs and services which support people of all ages and beliefs. With locations in Boca Raton and Delray Beach, JFS programs and services include food and financial assistance, senior services, counseling and mental health services and many volunteer opportunities. Funding is provided by private and corporate support, grants, special events and individuals who reach thousands in need each year. For more information, contact (561) 852-3333 or visit www.ruthralesjfs.org.

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