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Healthy Teaching Kitchen

VA dietitians offer Healthy Teaching Kitchen classes designed to help you achieve your health goals via virtual appointment.

Healthy Teaching Kitchen (HTK) aims to help Veterans improve their health by teaching them basic healthy cooking skills and how to make healthy food choices through hands-on nutrition lessons and cooking demonstrations. This allows Veterans the opportunity to prepare and sample foods they may not have tried on their own. Classes are open to VA-enrolled Veterans and are taught in-person at the North Las Vegas VA Medical Center or online via the VA Video Connect (VVC) platform. Classes include nutrition education and discussion on different nutrients, meal balancing, grocery shopping, meal planning, cooking skills, and more. The classes also provide simple, quick, and tasty recipes to support your health journey. 

Who Can Attend?

  • Classes are open to VA-enrolled Veterans.

Why HTK?

  • 95% of HTK participants report learning new recipes that will help them on their journey to healthy living.
  • Participants receive a cookbook, which they can use to practice cooking skills at home.

Is there a cost?

  • If you have a co-pay for VA visits, this may apply to HTK in-person cooking classes. There are no co-pays for virtual classes.

How do I schedule?

  • To self-schedule, call: : 702-791-9024, ext. 11442
  • Ask to be booked into an “Intro to HTK” class. These classes are offered through VVC on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month at 10:00 AM Pacific time. After attending this class, Veterans will have the opportunity to sign up for additional HTK classes.
  • Or Consult: Contact your provider or care team and ask them to enter a consult to schedule into the group.


 

Health Teaching Kitchen schedule for 2024:

Nutrition class details

HTK is offered as one-time classes or as 3- or 4-week class series, as indicated.

April:

  • Global Foods 4-week series: 4/4, 4/11/ 4/18, and 4/25 (VVC) at 1:00 p.m.
  • Diabetes Management 3-week series: 4/3, 4/10, and 4/17 (in-person) at 10:00 a.m.

May:

  • Women’s Health: 5/2 (VVC), 5/9 (VVC) at 10:00 a.m.
  • Cooking with Non-Perishables: 5/16 (VVC)
  • Preventing Diabetes: 5/1, 5/15 (both VVC)

June:

  • Anti-Inflammatory Diet 4-week series: 6/6, 6/13, 6/20, and 6/27 (VVC) at 1:00 p.m.

July: 

  • Nutrition and Gut Health: 7/11 (in-person) at 10:00 a.m.
  • Cooking with Seasonal Produce: 7/18 (VVC), 7/25 (in-person) at 10:00 a.m.
  • Preventing Diabetes: 7/3, 7/17 (both VVC)

August:

  • Women’s Health 3-week series: 8/1, 8/8, and 8/15 (VVC) at 1:00 p.m.
  • Diabetes Management 3-week series: 8/7, 8/14, and 8/21 (in-person) at 10:00 a.m.

September:

  • Whole Health- Food and Drink: 9/5 (VVC), 9/12 (in-person) at 10:00 a.m.
  • Plant-Based Cooking: 9/19 (VVC), 9/26 (in-person) at 10:00 a.m.
  • Anti-Inflammatory Diet 4-week series- 9/5, 9/12, 9/19, and 9/26 (VVC) at 1:00 p.m.
  • Preventing Diabetes: 9/4, 9/18 (VVC) at 10:00

All classes are 90 minutes long. In-person classes are located on the first floor of the Medical Center behind the Geriatric Evaluation Clinic, between Prosthetics and the Eye Clinic. Veterans do not need to check in. The HTK instructor will come out to waiting room and bring participants into classroom.