For Parents: Building a Healthy Lunchbox

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By Margie Ingram

How to pack a nutritious lunch for your child is a perennial challenge all parents face. With kids now back in school, Pitney Meadows Community Gardens is here to help, offering a program this Thursday, Sept. 14 that will equip parents with quick, healthy, kid friendly recipes inspired by fresh foods from the garden. 

  BARBARA BAGIOLI

BARBARA BAGIOLI

“Building a Healthy Lunchbox” will be taught from 7 to 8 p.m. by Barb Biagioli, a board-certified holistic health coach and nutrition counselor who will share her knowledge of food and nutrition as a source of health and happiness and  provide actionable tips and tools that you can use at home in your own kitchen. Free to the public, the class will take place rain or shine in our newly renovated gathering barn adjacent to the Community Gardens.

This will be the last in a popular series of programs we've offered in the gardens since last June to give our gardeners a solid base of information and reach out to the community. Other sessions have included "Top Tips for Growing Terrific Tomatoes" and "Using Herbs to Make Our Food POP!"

A trained health and nutrition counselor, Barb draws on her knowledge of 100 dietary theories in her work with clients, helping them make lifestyle changes that produce real results and reach optimal health. She has a passion for plant based eating and family and childhood health and wellness. 

Barb received her nutrition training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s cutting edge Health Coach Training program. Her education has equipped her with extensive knowledge in holistic nutrition, practical lifestyle management techniques, innovative health coaching tools and preventative health as taught by some of the world’s top health and wellness experts, including Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra, Walter Willet, Christine Northrup, David Katz and Geneen Roth.


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A long-time gardener who has completed Cornell Cooperative Extension's master gardener program, Margie Ingram is Pitney Meadows Community Garden's program director and a member of the PMCG Task Force.