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New Training Brings Healthy Cooking Program to More Baltimoreans

Five Times a Feast, our community-based cooking program, grew by leaps and bounds in 2017 with the addition of eight host sites and a new training for aspiring Cooking Coaches. Find out what it's all about.

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Service Members Share Reflections at Green Road

While recovering from illnesses and injuries, military service members and their families have been sharing their thoughts in special journals at the Green Road healing garden, adjacent to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. Read…

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Veterans Hike Across Maryland for the Health of It

The Institute's Vet Arts Connect program partnered with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group to create Veterans Hike Across Maryland, a program designed to improve veterans' overall health and well-being. In a series of five hikes, veterans covered 41 miles on the A…

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Five Times a Feast Brings Generations Together

Replacing long-held habits with new, healthier ones can be challenging. Find out how Five Times a Feast helps families make sustainable changes while breaking down barriers to healthy home-cooked meals. Don't miss our delicious recipe for lemon garlic shr…

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Cooking Battle Culminates Summer Program

Mission Thrive Summer students demonstrated their culinary and kitchen skills by preparing healthy recipes and presenting to a panel of judges. The students had the chance to put the knowledge they've acquired the past five weeks to the test and competed …

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Cultivating Mindfulness and Praise

Mission Thrive Summer students learn mindfulness techniques to help cultivate positive thoughts, self-compassion, and recognition of praise for others and themselves.

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Stretching Money, Minds & Muscles

During their third week in Mission Thrive Summer, Baltimore City high school students learned the importance of stretching a dollar and discovered that yoga is good way to maintain physical and emotional balance.

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Heating Up the Kitchen

Mission Thrive Summer students put their kitchen skills to the test by making fried green tomato sandwiches using homemade salad dressings and mayonnaise. Students practiced with new implements and even demonstrated their knife skills with the bear claw m…

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Students Dig into Healthy Living

Thirty Baltimore City high school students began Mission Thrive Summer, our program designed to the empower youth with tools for building healthy lives. Find out what they're learning about urban farming and cooking.

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Mission Thrive Summer Crew Leaders 2016

Now in its fourth year, our Mission Thrive Summer program returns to Real Food Farm. Students will enjoy a summer of farming, cooking, leadership, physical activity, mindfulness, and life skills development while receiving guidance from our awesome crew l…

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Five Times a Feast Expands to West Baltimore

The Institute's Five Times a Feast program is back for another year of empowering community members to prepare healthy and budget-friendly meals. The eight-week series has expanded to West Baltimore, holding classes at Gilmor Elementary School in Sandtown…

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Building Better Programs to Improve Youth Health

Leaders from across the country convened at our headquarters to envision a new, integrative approach to creating and evaluating community-based programs that improve the health of urban and disadvantage youth. See highlights from this inter-disciplinary f…

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One Woman's Journey to a Healthier Path

VIDEO: Ms. Carol opens up about her battle with cooking and healthy eating. She explains how Five Times a Feast empowered her to take control of her health.

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Nurturing a Young Health Advocate

Mikal was shy high school freshman when the Institute's Alicia Diehl met him in 2013, His curiosity about healthy living coupled with his experiences our Mission Thrive programs have helped him become a leader in his community.

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Family Bonding and Healthy Living

The Institute helped Guildford Elementary/Middle School make its Healthy Cooking Family Night a big success. Families learned safe and effective knife skills, tips for building a nutritionally balanced plate, the dangers of high-sugar beverages, and how t…

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Boosting Demand for Fresh Produce

The Fresh Beets series made all-you-can-carry produce available to residents of Upton and surrounding neighborhoods for only $3. Check out the delicious kale recipe we demonstrated.

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Students Lead Health Expo

To conclude their Mission Thrive Summer experience, participants presented a community health expo this week. Through interactive exhibits and demonstrations, students shared the knowledge they gained over the past five weeks with more than 140 people.

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Thinking Before Drinking

After last week’s “Think Before You Drink” exercise, Mission Thrive Summer participants are a lot savvier about sugar masquerading as liquid refreshment. See how this activity tangibly reveals the not-so-sweet truth about soft drinks.

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Learning Life Skills for a Healthy, Successful Future

In Mission Thrive Summer's "Life Lab," students learn about budgeting, professionalism in the workplace, and other skills that are essential to becoming an active member of a healthy community.

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Finding the Fun in Fitness

Many people who find exercise too boring or difficult put off getting in shape until next week, next month, or next year. But often, that “next” turns into never. The fitness training component of our youth summer program aims to change "next" to now by s…

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