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Healthy nutrition class for people with disabilities

Published: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 9:54 a.m. CST

KINGSTON – The Gracie Center is offering its first series of classes for adults with developmental disabilities beginning on Wednesday, June 5.

“With this class, we’ll be working on good nutrition and making healthy snacks,” said Julie Craig, a board member of the Gracie Center and parent of a daughter with cerebral palsy. “A lot of times when we teach them to cook, we tend to teach things that are easy to do.”

The Gracie Center was established last year as a resource for adults with developmental disabilities who are no longer eligible for adaptive education in the public schools. After their 22nd birthday, the school-based support network disappears, leaving many adults without alternate resources.

Gardening will be a part of the Healthy Life Style classes, and the vegetables that are raised will be used in the cooking classes. The classes are open to anyone 18 and older with developmental disabilities. The 12-week class costs $70, which includes supplies.

Classes will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday evenings through Aug. 21 at the Kingston Friendship Center. Deadline for registration is May 31. For more information or to enroll, call 815-354-1924, email info@thegraciecenter.org or visit thegraciecenter.org.

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