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Eat Dat! cookbook shows how to be healthy on a budget

Eating nutritious and healthy meals can be affordable, and a new cookbook from the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) gives residents in New Orleans and across the country a guide.

With 80 pages of recipes and healthy eating tips, the Eat Dat! cookbook breaks down the costs and nutritional content of delicious and often quick meals.

“We created the cookbook based on feedback from neighborhood associations and community-based groups we work with in New Orleans,” said Keelia O’Malley, Tulane PRC Assistant Director, who initiated and supervised the cookbook project. “Our partners told us people need and would use information about how to eat healthy on a budget. They told us this was a huge barrier for them to help people become healthy.”

The recipes were created and priced mostly by Tulane Dietetic Interns, post-bachelor degree students who are studying to become registered dietitians. The interns, who each spent one week working at the Tulane PRC, also wrote several pages of tips at the end of the book. Tulane PRC staff and graduate students at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine also helped with pricing and nutritional facts labels, as well as editing and compiling the recipes into the final product.

“The Dietetic Internship focuses on preparing future Registered Dietitians to address the nutritional needs of communities and clients,” said Marsha Piacun, Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of the Dietetic Internship program in the Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences. “This cookbook project taught the interns useful skills to address other factors, such as limited family income, that may impact eating habits.”

To download a free PDF of Eat Dat! visit bit.ly/EatDatRecipes

Limited printed copies will be distributed throughout New Orleans communities, courtesy of the Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement & Development and Xavier University Health & Wellness Center.

Topics:   diet , nutrition , community health , community advisory board

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