Wichita Co. Public Health District eager to add kitchen classroom

Public Health District Kitchen Project
Public Health District Kitchen Project

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - The Wichita Falls - Wichita County Public Health District wants you to live a healthy lifestyle, and they believe a new project will help them take another step towards that goal.

On Wednesday, Wichita Falls City Councilors are expected to approve construction of a new kitchen classroom. It would accommodate many different groups.

Classes would be held for the Diabetes Education Empowerment program as well as the Women Infants and Children program.

Educators are excited about the project and what it could mean for the city.

"The goal of the Public Health District is (to) prevent, promote, and protect," Wichita Falls Nutrition Coordinator, William Carter said. "And that's what we want to do. This is going to help us do all those things."

Carter is passionate about a healthy Wichita Falls.

That is why he and the Public Health District decided in 2016 to apply for a grant that would help them create a kitchen classroom.

"A focus for us these past couple years has been to encourage people to live a healthier lifestyle," Carter said. "Where the kitchen comes into play, in that regard, is teaching them how to make healthier foods."

The kitchen will be utilized to increase healthy eating through cooking demonstrations.

Carter said he wants to show people they can still enjoy their favorite family recipes in a healthy way.

"Let's see if we can make a few tweaks to make it a little bit healthier," he said. "And then let's prepare it. Anything that's local, anything that's appropriate for our region of the world would be stuff we would be doing here."

Carter wants to set an example for other Texas cities to follow.

"We would like to be the leaders of health in the state of Texas," he said. "We want to be the improvisational count here."

Carter believes if construction of this project is approved, it's only a taste of what's to come.

"As this comes closer to fruition, closer to realization, we will submit our plans and go further," Carter said. "The possibilities are endless for this."

"This is a very important tool in the arsenal," he added. "We're always telling people to eat healthier. But it's great that we can now show them."

The project is expected to cost around $120,000 and be completed in about two months. It won't cost the city or taxpayers any money.

It will be paid for by a community development block grant. You can follow all of the progress on the Public Health District on their social media platforms, as well as find more information on their programs.

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