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What is a Healthy Eating Adventure?
An Adventure is a community-based 28-day program that can kick-start you on a lifetime of healthier eating with a whole foods, plant based lifestyle. Programs are held 3 times a year at various locations throughout Franklin County PA; participants also come from beyond the county and sometimes participate from a distance with family and friends. The goal of the Adventures is not only to create individual health, but also, to “cultivate” local plant based communities.
We start with our kick-off evening, with a wonderful whole foods plant-based meal and a presentation by Elizabeth George MD, family physician and HEA Program Director, on why this program is needed and how it works. You’ll hear about the growing incidence of obesity and diabetes nationwide, and the alarming increase in children and young adults with adult-onset Type 2 diabetes and hypertension. And you’ll see the dramatic results experienced by patients with heart conditions and other chronic diseases who follow these eating guidelines. You will hear from people who describe how in 28 days they learned dietary practices that are making a meaningful contribution to a lifetime of wellness.
You will be partnered with a coach, read the materials that will guide you on this program, and follow labs and parameters that will help you chart the improvements you make over the program. You’ll learn about shopping tips, label reading guidelines, information on where to eat at restaurants and how to order, as well as basic cooking and food preparation.
There are three weeks of group potluck meals that let you practice what you’re learning, and introduce you to the vast variety of amazing foods you can make. Taste the wonderful flavors, build community with others, ask questions and share experiences as you continue on your adventure. And, perhaps most important, the potlucks help you put aside all those “reasons” that get in your way of eating healthily. On the final week, celebrate your accomplishment with a graduation meal and reflect on your experiences along the way. Talk about what motivates you and how to sustain the lifestyle you’ve begun.
Keep involved through potlucks!
“Dine Out with HEA” at local restaurants and our newsletter! There are lots of ways to stay engaged as a volunteer in community outreach.
Adventures are held at various communities in Franklin County, PA during the year. See our calendar for dates, and contact us if you would like to sign up or you can receive announcements for future adventure dates and locations.
Communities who would like to start their own Healthy Eating Adventures are welcome to contact us for information and support.