By Sandy Karp
West County and Richmond residents working on improving their lifestyles or hungry for delicious new recipes are encouraged to join Youth Enrichment Strategies’ (YES) new program “Cooking Matters para Familias.”
Starting July 13, “Cooking Matters para Familias” will be held every Thursday from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the Richmond City Council Chambers, located at 440 Civic Center Plaza. During the weekly meetings, participants will learn about nutrition and make fun and healthy recipes provided by Champions for Change, a program under the California Department of Public Health. Much anticipated recipes include squash tacos and mango salsa.
YES’s main focus is to ensure local residents have access to nature; however, recently the program teamed up with 18 Reasons, a nonprofit encouraging the empowerment of residents through good food, to provide programming that builds leadership and models achievable health and wellness choices for the family. Blanca Hernández, YES’s Program Director, expresses her concern for how diabetes, one of the leading causes of death in the U.S., and other illnesses onset though unhealthy lifestyles and have plagued local families for decades. She has hopes that “Cooking Matters para Familias” will aid in the prevention of these diseases throughout the community.
Other events offered by YES include summer camps session for eight to 16-year-olds, year-around Camp-To-Community events for ages 14-18, and weekend-long Family Camps throughout the year. YES is focused on equipping participants with leadership skills and promoting wellness in schools and local communities.