Course Info

Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives
Cooking for Wellness – The Basics
UMN Staff Wellness Course!
Reimbursable up to $98 & 150 Wellness points for UMN employees

Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives, Cooking for Wellness – The Basics is a 4-week course held on the St. Paul campus designed to help you develop healthy cooking and eating strategies that can be used for years to come. Our culinary educators use hands-on demonstrations to teach foundational techniques to adapt your cooking for a healthier lifestyle and greater well-being. There are four weekly on-site classes held in the cooking laboratories on the St. Paul campus and three self-directed cooking assignments to be completed at home during the week.

Students will learn knife skills, how to prepare sauces and condiments, stocks and soups, how to include fresh produce, whole grains and healthful proteins to make delicious and nourishing meals.

Each laboratory session convenes with a community meal prepared by the participants. Culinary educators with expertise in nutrition science and culinary arts teach all Cooking for Wellness classes.

The Basics is a great way to meet new people, and a fun team-building experience for groups, including office groups, family, and friends.

PLEASE NOTE: This course is open to anyone in the community (no University affiliation is required). If you’d like more information, please contact Robin Schow at

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