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Cook for your health


Food is powerful medicine


Whether you are learning your way around the kitchen, enhancing your cooking skills or trying to eat healthy on a budget, our cooking class are for you! Led by Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, Jen Newton, these hands-on cooking classes let you explore a new cooking style while teaching you how to use food as medicine. You will learn how ingredients can lower inflammation, prevent cancer and reduce our risk of type 2 diabetes, all while being mindful about food budgets. Each class will build your confidence in the kitchen, inspiring change through food education, and ultimately empowering you to eat for your wellbeing!


Jennifer Newton


Jennifer Newton is the Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator for the Sky Lakes Wellness Center. Trained by Dr. Harlan at Tulane School of Medicine Teaching Kitchen in New Orleans, Jennifer is leading the Mindful Meals Cooking Classes.


She grew up in Oklahoma where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in German and a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences, before moving to Klamath Falls in 2005 to work with the bariatric program and outpatient diabetes education program at Sky Lakes Medical Center. In 2016, she completed her Master of Public Health from Des Moines University.


Class descriptions

Does reading a recipe feel like reading a foreign language? Not sure what the difference is between a skillet and a sauce pan?


Intro to Cooking: Part 1 will teach you how to translate recipes into plan English and will demystify cooking. After completing this class, take Intro to Cooking: Part 2 to learn basic knife skills.

Not sure what the difference is between chopping and dicing? Unsure what knife to use?


Intro to Cooking: Part 2 helps you learn basic knife skills and practice reading a recipe while you prepare delicious creations using your new talents!


Must complete Intro to Cooking: Part 1 prior to enrolling in this class.

Easy preparation. Quick cooking. Fast clean-up. Full of taste!


From breakfast to delicious dinner, this class showcases all the benefits one dish meals have to offer! Come find a new family favorite!

Even meat lovers will be asking for seconds! This class showcases delicious plant-based main meals that are favorites of the Wellness Center staff.


Come learn how beans, whole grains and vegetables can save you money at the store while you find new favorites for you and your family!

Not sure what to do with turmeric? Scared to use fresh ginger? This class is for you!


Learn how to use a variety of herbs and spices to create delicious dishes while also discovering how herbs and spices support our health!

Brrr! Soups are an easy way to warm up when the weather is cold.


This class shows you how convenient it is to prepare delicious soups at home. Plus – you will learn new, helpful, and easy ways to use your crockpot!