To help someone get ready for life on their own, help them develop a good relationship with food and make healthy eating choices…


Did you grow up eating nutritious, balanced meals?
Did your parents teach you the importance of eating a variety of foods to stay healthy?
Did someone prepare your food for you when you were young, and show you how to cook some basic items when you got older?

In a busy world, with so many convenience food options, it is difficult to make healthy eating choices. With fast food restaurants on every corner – and supermarket freezers stocked with heat-and-eat pizzas, fried chicken dinners, and other less healthy options – choosing fresh and nutritious foods is not always the obvious choice.

For 18-year-olds who lack cooking skills, and who are often struggling to juggle school and work and adjust to life on their own, dinner often comes straight from the freezer.

Casa Valentina helps our residents to gain the skills and tools they need to live independently. We are continuing our social media series on about “things you can do to help someone get ready for life on their own”.

Today we focus on developing a healthy relationship with food…

To help someone get ready for life on their own:

  • Teach them how to cook five good meals.
  • Teach them how to use an oven and microwave.
  • Teach them how to store food.
  • Teach them how to use coupons and comparison shop.
  • Talk to them about nutrition and variety in their diet.
  • Encourage them to taste fresh vegetables and fruits.
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