Grant Funds Healthy Eating Classes at the Austin Library

Updated: 01/12/2014 10:58 PM
Created: 01/12/2014 9:36 PM
By: Sean Boswell

(ABC 6 News) -- The Austin Public Library is hosting healthy eating classes thanks to a grant they received from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.

"It was really fun and you get a free blender," said Jenni Linnette.

ABC 6's Dan Conradt and his family are helping the library with their good food, healthy eating on a budget classes.

"It's always a new group of people and a lot of fun just mixing, getting to know your neighbor and maybe some people you didn't know," said Carla Conradt.

"It just thought why not try it. I love smoothies and I wanted to see what they had to offer," said Elizabeth Hagan of Austin.

Dan and Carla have taught six classes since this program began.

"It's kinda fun transitioning from when it was august when it was hot out and to find they're still in the mood in the middle of January for a smoothie," said Carla.

The classes are for anyone and everyone, and not too much of a challenge.

"We focus on very basic, simple skills, like how to use an immersion blender or how to get more vegetables into soups and things like that," said Library Director Ann Hokanson.

"I’m with a little guy over there who made a berry blast and it's absolutely delicious," said Hagan.

"The first one (smoothie) was really good. The 2nd one was a little bitter, so we had to add more carrot juice to it when we did it was great," said Linnette.

Grant money makes it possible for the Austin Public Library to educate on healthy eating.

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