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Explore Our Virtual Nutrition Offerings

At Big Y, we want to give you the tools to live the life you deserve with our FREE virtual nutrition services. Whether you’re newly diagnosed with diabetes; are looking for a fun and interactive cook-a-long for your little ones or want more information on a Mediterranean-style meal plan, we have you covered.

These virtual presentations, store tours and support groups are for educational purposes only. They are not meant to replace your health care practitioner's advice, specific dietary requirements you may have or public health recommendations.


Virtual Nutrition Events

Each month, we offer a wide variety of educational presentations, cook-a-longs, support groups and virtual store tours. Click on our events below to learn more and schedule one of our dietitian-led sessions.

Click here to download the August Virtual Nutrition Events Schedule.

Join Us for Our New, FREE Summer Series
Big Y's Virtual Kids Get Cooking Summer Camp

Kid and Dad Cooking

Throughout July and August, children young and old are invited to take part in fun, interactive cook-a-longs where they’ll gain new culinary skills and nutrition knowledge. Classes are led by registered dietitians and topics covered will include:

  • Basic cutting skills
  • Measuring techniques
  • Food safety
  • Meal prep tips
  • Physical activity lessons
  • ….and more!

Disclaimer: While kids of all ages are encouraged to attend, classes are geared towards children ages 5-12. Always supervise children and allow participation based on age and skill level.

Click the links below to sign up!

Week 1: Whole Grain Baking with Blueberry Breakfast Bars
July 6, 10:30 – 11:30 AM
Presented By: Sue Mazrolle, MS, RDN
To register for this event, go to: https://bit.ly/KGCWeek1

Week 2: Intro to Cutting Skills with Fun Fruit Pizzas
July 12, 10:30 – 11:15 AM
Presented By: Jackie Durand, RD, CDN
To register for this event, go to: https://bit.ly/KGCWeek2

Week 3: Mastering Measuring with Zucchini Muffins
July 20, 10:30 – 11:15 AM
Presented By: Jackie Durand, RD, CDN
To register for this event, go to: https://bit.ly/KGCWeek3

Week 4: Discovering Active Play & Refueling Snacks with Make-Your-Own Smoothies
July 26, 10:30 – 11:15 AM
Presented By: Kathy Jordan, MS, RDN, CPT
To register for this event, go to: https://bit.ly/KGCWeek4

Week 5: Easy Pickling with Homemade Pickles
August 3, 10:30 – 11:30 AM
Presented By: Sue Mazrolle, MS, RDN
To register for this event, go to: https://bit.ly/KGCWeek5

Week 6: Food Safety 101 for Back-to-School Breakfasts with Egg Muffins
August 9, 10:30 – 11:15 AM
Presented By: Kathy Jordan, MS, RDN, CPT
To register for this event, go to: https://bit.ly/KGCWeek6

Week 7: Menu Planning for Lunches On-the-Go with Turkey "Sushi" Wraps
August 17, 10:30 – 11:15 AM
Presented By: Jackie Durand, RD, CDN
To register for this event, go to: https://bit.ly/KGCWeek7


Booking Provided by Healthie


Learn About Our Event Sponsors

Attend one of our virtual events and receive exclusive discounts for sponsor products!

August Virtual Events are Sponsored by:

mango

With over 20 different vitamins and minerals including vitamin C and folate, Mangos are a powerhouse fruit that can be added to both sweet and savory dishes. Since the ripeness level of a mango determines its sweetness, experiment with unripe varieties for tart flavor – whether using to top grilled swordfish or a refreshing summer salad. Prefer to enjoy the sweeter side of mangos? With 70 calories per ¾-cup sliced mango serving, use fresh mango to create delightful desserts like a Tropical Mango Sorbet. 

hippeas

In fun flavors like Vegan White Cheddar, Vegan Nacho Vibes, Bohemian Barbecue and Sriracha Sunshine, HIPPEAS® Organic Chickpea Snacks take plant-based snacking to the next level. Made with chickpea flour as their base, these crunchy baked puffs are also allergen-friendly and Certified Gluten-Free™. Each 1-ounce serving provides 3 grams fiber plus 4 grams protein, making it a satisfying addition to snack time when paired with another Food Group – like apple slices, string cheese or baby carrots.

neutrogena

Neutrogena® helps your family get back-to-school ready with their full line of skincare scrubs, soaps and cleansers for everyone’s unique needs. For a gentle daily clean, opt for their Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser, Original Soap or Fresh Foaming Cleanser®. Concerned about acne or breakouts? Options like Oil-Free Acne Wash Daily Scrub, Acne Bar and Deep Clean® Cleansers can’t be beat. Neutrogena® is a dermatologist-recommended skincare brand, formulating products with science and safety in mind.


Nutrition Discovery Sessions

Have a nutrition question? Schedule a free 15-minute virtual conversation, by phone or video chat, with one of our consulting registered dietitian nutritionists during their available office hours. These nutrition experts will provide science-based guidance and suggestions you can trust!

Jackie Durand, RD, CDN

Connecticut Consulting Dietitian
(413) 504-4198
JackieDurandRD@gmail.com

To schedule with Jackie, click here.

Kathy Jordan, MS, RDN, CPT

Eastern MA Consulting Dietitian
(413) 504-4199
KathyJordanMSRD@gmail.com

To schedule with Kathy, click here.

Sue Mazrolle, MS, RDN

Western MA Consulting Dietitian
(413) 504-4197
SueMazrolle@gmail.com

To schedule with Sue, click here.


Connect with a Healthie® Account

All of our virtual nutrition services are offered through Healthie, a secure online platform. Be sure to sign up for a free account for easiest access to event messages, educational handouts, surveys and chatting with a dietitian. With an account, you can easily join an event you’re registered for at home or on the go – whether you log in from a computer, tablet or smartphone.

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