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Health Education

How We Help

Healthy Lifestyles is our health education program that aims to increase awareness, knowledge, and skills for healthy practices to help decrease risk factors for nutrition-related health problems and chronic diseases through a series of adult and child-friendly workshops. Depending on the series, each workshop ranges from 30 to 60 minutes.

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This workshop provides an overview of several different types of cancer, including lung, skin, breast, and prostate cancers. We cover risk factors, preventative measures, treatment, and diagnosis. We discuss how food and healthy eating can affect our health and influence our health outcomes. Cooking demonstrations include healthy recipes, tips on making smarter choices for takeout, and understanding food labels.



Resources from National Cancer Institute, CDC, Mayo Clinic, Harvard Health, Cancer Center.


This workshop provides basic information, symptoms, and everyday diabetes care for newly diagnosed people. Topics include Type I, Type II, and Gestational Diabetes. Workshops cover risk factors, controlling blood sugar levels, and possible treatments. Our cooking demonstrations consist of diabetic-friendly and low-sugar recipes.


Resources from American Diabetes Association, CLOCC, Mayo Clinic, CDC.

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Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

These workshops provide background knowledge and education on asthma, allergies, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Participants will be able to recognize symptoms, risk factors, treatments and management skills. We also discuss the range of food and seasonal allergies. Cooking demonstrations incorporate finding and swapping out certain ingredients to manage any food allergies.


Resources from Harvard Health, CDC, American College of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology, American Lung Association.

Cardiovascular Disease

These workshops include learning more about the heart and how to take both preventative and proactive measures for heart disease, cholesterol, high blood pressure, and strokes. We cover heart-healthy foods that can help with specific heart issues and concerns. Cooking demonstrations include heart-friendly recipes.


Resources from American Heart Association, Harvard Health, CDC.

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Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is a nationally recognized training that teaches participants how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness in their family, friends, community, and workplaces. We offer Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainings in English and Spanish, in-person or virtually. The in-person training requires an 8-hour time commitment. The virtual training is six hours with pre-work required. 

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“Many of our participants do not have access to mental health resources where they live. Some people do not even know where or how to seek help. Other individuals may not be willing to talk about their mental health issues due to stigma. The skills and tools learned from the MHFA trainings provide individuals with the skills, support, and resources needed to aid a person that is going through a potential mental health crisis. In doing so, we hope to empower individuals to get the assistance they need."

- Enrique Galarza, Instructor

Want to Join In? 

Workshops are offered to current staff and enrolled participants. If your organization is interested in hosting a workshop or in receiving Mental Health First Aid Training, please contact Community Health Supervisor Myra Rodriguez at 773-772-7170 Ext. 3204 or by email at

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