Teach healthy living skills to adults with autism

 
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Sep 4, 2012

Garden to Table: Crops coming full circle

Individuals at CSS continue to nourish the six garden plots at Wooten Mill Garden Park in Gaithersburg. While many crops are coming to a close for the season, the tomatoes are abundant! Dozens of crates of a variety of tomatoes are brought back to the CSS kitchen. Chef Adam incorporates the fruit, as well as other crops from the garden,  into the weekly Healthy Living cooking classes, using recipes such as fresh tomato and basil soup. The remaining tomatoes are cooked in bulk recipes, such as marina sauce or ketchup, and canned. The resulting product is divided among CSS residential houses for the individuals to use at home while preparing healthy meals.

Jun 5, 2012

CSS's Garden to Table Program in the News!

Rockville 11's special correspondent Rocio Snowdy covers Community Support Services, Inc.'s Garden to Table program at the Woottons Mill Garden Plots - watch this short video to find out how the program fosters a unique learning experience for community members.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZMUK6ZyExs&feature=youtu.be

May 22, 2012

2012 Garden to Table Progam

2012 spring Crops
2012 spring Crops

The Garden to Table program is an ongoing activity in which individuals who receive day and residential
support services can participate. Some individuals work in the gardens just during the growing season, others participate in cooking classes year round, some assist with distributing fresh produce to houses and others receive
nutritional consultation and individual instruction.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adults and children with disabilities face rates of
obesity that are often 38-57% higher than the national rate of obesity in non-disabled adults and children. There are currently no community classes or programs accommodated to provide specialized instruction for adults with down’s syndrome or intellectual disabilities.

In direct response to the need for nutrition education in the community, CSS piloted a "Garden to Table" program this past year. Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities planted and harvested seasonal vegetables in partnership with Red Wiggler Farm, participated in cooking instruction and incorporated nutritional recommendations into daily menu planning in their own homes. Increased skill and independence in cooking and healthy eating provides multiple opportunities for inclusion with other people such as gardening in community plots alongside community members, grocery shopping at local stores, and social events involving food preparation such as dinner parties or picnics.

 



Garlic
Garlic
broccoli, onions, lettuce, spinach
broccoli, onions, lettuce, spinach
cabbage onion kale snowpea seedlings from seeds
cabbage onion kale snowpea seedlings from seeds
Purple lettuce, Georgia onions, and spinach
Purple lettuce, Georgia onions, and spinach
giant red mustard greens and garlic at lowfield
giant red mustard greens and garlic at lowfield
Feb 3, 2012

Cooking Class with Adam Rast

In direct response to the need for nutrition education and recreational opportunities in the community, CSS created the "Garden to Table" program, which serves individuals with intellectual disabilities, by offering appropriate cooking classes and instruction on how to prepare healthy meals and snacks. CSS strives to promote a healthy lifestyle among the individuals it supports. This extremely vulnerable population presents unique challenges to incorporating a healthy habit set into their daily schedules. Individuals on the autism spectrum often have difficulty obtaining life skills such as cooking, preparing meals and snacks. Parents, teachers and other support staff of children and adults often have difficulty incorporating their son or daughter with autism into meal planning and preparation due to a lack of knowledge on how to structure tasks in a safe manner. Opportunities within the community to receive tailored, appropriate cooking instruction are lacking.

Adults with developmental disabilities face rates of obesity that are higher than the national rate of obesity in non-disabled adults. There is virtually no comprehensive nutrition education specifically targeted for individuals with autism, and adults have difficulty obtaining life skills such as cooking and preparing meals because community instruction opportunities are lacking. This critical gap in skills further impedes these adults in achieving independence.

CSS is working to solve this problem by providing comprehensive instruction in healthy living skills, such as cooking and meal choices. CSS hired Adam Rast as Kitchen Manager/Cooking Instructor. Mr. Rast started his kitchen career as a busboy working at Black's bar and Kitchen in Bethesda, Maryland. When a position in the kitchen opened he took the opportunity to step onto the hot line and began the process of becoming a proficient line cook. 10 years later he continues his career as a kitchen professional, having worked in several top rated restaurants in Maryland and Washington, DC. His years of professional kitchen work have provided him with a wealth of knowledge and experience in kitchen management, nutrition, utilization of fresh produce, international cuisines, bread making, baking, pastries, and confections. He now takes great pride in offering that knowledge to the clients and staff of Community Support Services.

A video of one of the cooking class that CSS catered to the needs of 2 of the individuals that we support can be viewed here:  http://youtu.be/M_1_vt3-wIA

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Oct 31, 2011

Healthy Cooking Class

Fresh ingredients for a taco salad.
Fresh ingredients for a taco salad.

In August we updated you with the CSS Garden to Table program and the addition of a full time cooking instructor, Adam Rast. Over one hundred individuals with developmental disabilities, including autism, are now participating in at least one instructional cooking class per week at the CSS Resource Center or in their own home.  The hard work of the gardening groups and partnership with local farms has paid off with a large variety of produce.  As the gardens are harvested, fresh herbs and vegetables are coming into the kitchen and being used for homemade pizza, veggie lasagna, spaghetti sauce and salads.  Support staff attending classes with individuals with disabilities have learned how to substitute fresh produce in recipes and create tasty new creations. 

This past week, the participants in our Healthy Cooking Group class, with Adam Rast, are having fun making taco salads with each student participating in making the meal from start to finish.  The meal consisted of ground turkey and spices, fresh tomatoes, onions, avocados, romaine lettuce and limes.  The participants waited patiently for one another to fill their plates with the fresh taco salad before consuming the fruits of their labor.  When the time came, there were smiles all around!

Adam Rast preparing the ingredients.
Adam Rast preparing the ingredients.
Student peeling an onion.
Student peeling an onion.
Student putting onions in the pot.
Student putting onions in the pot.
Student measuring spices for the recipe.
Student measuring spices for the recipe.
Student stirring the pot.
Student stirring the pot.
Pot simmering.
Pot simmering.
Making salsa!
Making salsa!
Making salsa #2!
Making salsa #2!
Patiently waiting for everyone to be served.
Patiently waiting for everyone to be served.
Enjoying their taco salad!
Enjoying their taco salad!

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Ashley Chatneuff

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Gaithersburg, MD United States

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