Extension Service to host Mediterranean Cooking classes

Graphic Design, South Central Center on Aging and the University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture Jefferson County Extension Service are collaborating to sponsor a series of Mediterranean Cooking classes. The first Mediterranean Cooking class will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Jefferson County Extension Office, 500 S. Idaho St.

The hands-on cooking classes feature recipes from Italy, Spain, France, Morocco, Greece, Lebanon and Egypt, using ingredients found in most grocery stores in Arkansas. Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. To pre-register, contact Mary Ann Kizer, Jefferson County family and consumer sciences agent, at 870-534-1033 or mkizer@uaex.edu.

Emily Pearce will discuss services available from the Arkansas Arthritis Foundation.

The list of health benefits associated with the Mediterranean diet is endless, and includes reducing the risk of cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. The Mediterranean diet has also been shown to shrink waistlines and improve mental function. This approach is considered the “gold standard” of lifelong good health and includes an abundance of seasonally fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes and nuts, whole grains and fish, with small amounts of poultry and meats.

The Mediterranean Cooking classes will be held the second Tuesday of each month from May to December at the Extension Office.

The Cooperative Extension Service is part of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture and offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status.