KROC Center Forums Teach North Idaho Families How to Eat Better, On a Budget

Monday, September 13 2010

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – As obesity rates skyrocket for both adults and children in the U.S., University of Idaho and the Coeur d’Alene Kroc Center are partnering to offer sensible, affordable approaches to feeding the American family a healthier diet.

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 21, University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene dietetics professor SeAnne Safaii-Fabiano, registered and licensed dietitian and nutrition columnist for the Coeur d’Alene Press, and her senior students will present four, one-hour educational forums. Presentations will be held in one of the breakout rooms at the Coeur d’Alene Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Rd. in Coeur d'Alene (follow the directional signs within the building).

The forums address the modern family’s greatest nutritional challenges, explaining how to provide healthful foods to the family on a budget, how to get picky eaters to choose more fruits and vegetables, how to prepare healthy meals in minutes and how to eat to maximize health.

Educating parents on how to provide the best nutrition for their families has become a national imperative, said Safaii.

“One in three American children are overweight,” she said. “Through these forums, we hope to help parents become more informed about nutrition and exercise, and to help families incorporate healthy foods and habits, on a budget.”

“The key to preventing obesity, and the diseases associated with it, is what you put on your plate," Safaii explained. “We are collaborating with the Kroc Center to offer practical, easy-to-implement strategies for healthful eating.”

In addition to the expert presentations, program participants will try out tasty, healthy cooking samples and receive recipes to use at home.

The forums include:
Foods in the Home: Feeding Your Family on a Budget, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 21, covers shopping strategies, inexpensive ways to buy produce, dairy, grains and meat, and how to use meat substitutes. Cooking, meal planning tips and samples will be provided. The focus of the course is to teach participants how to live on a budget and still maintain a healthy diet.

Fruits and Vegetables: Winning Over those Picky Eaters, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 28, offers strategies to get families to eat more fruits and vegetables, without a power struggle and without breaking the budget.

Healthy Meals in Minutes, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 5. This session reveals the secrets to making healthy meals in less than 10 minutes. Time crunched families often rely on processed fast foods. This course shows cooks how to wow their families with healthy, delicious, nutritious and easy-to-prepare meals.

Eat Well To Maximize Your Health, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 12. This session is designed to help participants learn the benefits of healthy eating to increase mental acuteness, resistance to illness and disease, boost energy levels, create a more robust immune system, experience faster recuperation time and better manage chronic health problems. In addition to improving physical health, this forum illustrates how nutrition is key to maintaining emotional health and balance.

These sessions are free to the public, but space is limited. To register, sign up at the front desk of the Kroc Center.
# # #

About the University of Idaho

Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s land-grant institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year. The University of Idaho is the only institution in the state to earn the prestigious Carnegie Foundation ranking for high research activity. The student population of 12,302 includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars, who select from more than 130 degree options in the colleges of Agricultural and Life Sciences; Art and Architecture; Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Law; Letters, Arts and Social Sciences; Natural Resources; and Science. The university also is charged with the statewide mission for medical education through the WWAMI program. The university combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities and focuses on helping students to succeed and become leaders. It is home to the Vandals, the 2009 Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl champions. For more information, visit

About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals. For information, visit