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March Continuing Education Courses at KSC

KEENE, N.H. 2/14/02 - The Keene State College Continuing Education Office offers nutrition, cooking, and wellness courses over the next few months, including two nutritional tours of Keene supermarkets in March.

Supermarket Smarts is a 2 1/2-hour tour led by Keene State Dietetic Intern graduate students, who explain how to make sense of the nutrition confusion on product labels. The non-credit course helps separate fact from fiction when grocery shopping and participants learn how to pack the healthiest grocery cart for their personal needs. The program consists of a short lesson followed by an aisle-by-aisle supermarket tour.

Supermarket Smart tours are scheduled Tuesday, March 12, from 6:55 to 9:30 p.m., at Hannaford Superstore, and Wednesday, March 13, from 7:55 to 10:30 a.m., at Shaw’s Supermarket. Each tour is limited to 10 people, so early registration is recommended. Tuition is $40 per class. To register, contact Keene State’s Continuing Education Office by phone at 603-358-2290 or 800-KSC-1909.

Supermarket Smarts is one of several nutrition and wellness courses offered during the spring semester.

Stress Management helps develop skills and techniques to cope with high-stress situations in both personal and working environments. Becky Brown, associate professor of physical education, takes a light-hearted, holistic approach to becoming centered and stress-resilient. This non-credit course takes place on two Saturdays, April 6 and 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost is $99.

The kitchen becomes the classroom for students who register for nutrition courses this spring. All courses show students how to incorporate healthy eating into their daily lifestyle. “Vegan Cooking and Nutrition” explains how to meet the nutritional challenge of cooking without meat, fish, eggs, dairy, and cheese. Professional chef Joel Stapleton teaches this non-credit course from 6 to 8 p.m. on Mondays, Feb. 25, March 4, and March 11. Cost is $125.

Keene State health science instructor Karrie Kalich offers three nutritional cooking classes as one-credit weekend courses. Each course provides a hands- on-approach to learning and students may indulge in the fruits of their labor during class. Each of the following classes takes place on Friday from 5 to 9:30 p.m., and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“Whole Grain Cooking and Health,” offered Feb. 22 and 23, explores whole grain cooking and its role in achieving health.

“Asian Cooking and Health,” scheduled for March 8 and 9, studies Asian health through exploration and demystification of its cuisine.

“Cuisine of the Sun,” offered April 12 and 13, explores the health paradox of the Mediterranean population who, despite their higher-fat diet, achieve superior health and low rates of cardiovascular disease.

A one-credit education course, “Nutrition, Learning, and Behavior” examines the effects of food and nutrition choices on student learning and behavior and reviews current research on the nutritional status of children and teens. This course runs on two consecutive Saturdays, April 13 and 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information about these nutrition and wellness courses, or to register, contact KSC’s Continuing Education Office by phone at 603-358-2290 or 800-KSC-1909, by e-mail at, or on the World Wide Web at

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