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Reason to Give Cooking Matters:

Why reinvent the wheel? Cooking Matters has a national track record of success, and we want our families to reap the benefits. For more information on the proven sucess of Cooking Matters please visit theiir website

Reason to Give has now become a satellite host for Cooking Matters, offering our students a 8 week healthy cooking and living program. We believe strongly that success in life starts at home. Reason to Give has been offering healthy living on a budget classes as part of our 20 week life skills program for years. Now, Reason to Give graduates and incoming students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in an intensive program to help them lead healthier lives. Students learn to shop healthy on a budget, cook nutrient rich foods, increase their understanding of nutrition and fitness, and gain all the tools to live healthy. Graduates of the 6 week program go home with a Cooking Matters workbook, hundreds of healthy recipes, and a grocery bag full of nutrient dense ingredients. 

That's not all! In addition to our Adult Cooking Matters program, we also be offer the same 8 week course to our youth students! Reason to Give youth learn how to make their own healthy snacks and meals, how to identify healthy foods, and why nutrition and physical activity are important for their futures. We've completed our first round of classes and our very excited to add Cooking Matters to our regular programming. Check out our Reason to Give Cooking Matters Graduates! 

Reason to Get Fit:

As our first group of students neared graduation, they started talking about how they could stay together and keep the motivation to get healthy going strong through the summer. We listened and Reason to Get Fit was born. Last summer we hosted our first fitness and walking program with the help of certified personal trainers. Reason to Give students and their families met for yoga at the studio, strength training and cardio in Humboldt Park, and power walking on the 606. We also encouraged them to join the many available fitness programs in the area and utilize all the resources available to them. 

How You Can Help

Your donations will help Reason to Give provide the 8 week Cooking Matters program and the 8 week Reason to Get Fit program to our families all year round. We need food, cooking materials, groceries, exercise equipment, and incentives for the students. Give now and help our families get healthy!