Dine & Learn

The Dine & Learn program is a free 11-month program presented by a partnership between M-NCPPC Department of Parks and Recreation Prince George’s County, Prince George’s County Health Department and Suburban Hospital. The program aims to promote healthy eating, active living and reinforce health behaviors in order to reduce the prevalence of various chronic diseases amongst county residents.


Program Overview


Dine & Learn sessions are two hours long. During the first segment participants are encouraged to get up and move through an instructor lead exercise routine. Next, participants relax and learn about healthy eating from a Registered Dietician. Lastly, the program wraps up with a step by step healthy cooking demonstration that includes a free sample and take home recipe. Learn simple, everyday tips for healthy meal choices with Dine and Learn at Suitland Community Center.

Find Dine and Learn classes.

Benefits

The Dine & Learn program aims to promote healthy lifestyle habits by exposing county residents to physical activity, health, and nutrition education. The goal of the program is to reduce the incidence and prevalence of cardiovascular disease and CVD-related conditions (i.e. obesity) affecting Prince George’s County residents. According to Prince George’s County Health Department, “The prevalence of obesity has been increasing among adults and children in Maryland.  Poor eating habits and physical inactivity contribute to overweight and obesity as well as many chronic diseases, including heart disease, some cancers, diabetes, and arthritis.  Healthy eating includes the consumption of appropriate portion sizes, fruits and vegetables, good fats, and reducing the intake of salty foods, sugary drinks, and unhealthy fats.” Thus, Dine & Learn participants have the opportunity to reduce incidence of these chronic ailments as they:

  • Learn from step-by-step live healthy cooking demonstrations with a Registered Dietician
  • Sample FREE freshly prepared healthy foods and take home new healthy recipes
  • Discuss the latest trends in nutrition with a Registered Dietician
  • Exercise with fitness-instructor lead routines

Class Information

Wednesday, July 25, 6-8 pm
Smart Foods & Safe Moves
Healthy eating and physical activity go hand in hand. Once you learn the basics, you'll find that eating healthy and staying active are not hard at all. A secret to this success is safety! This month we will learn how to eat better and move more while reducing safety risks.

Wednesday, August 22 6-8 pm
Eat to Live
We will explore alternative diets and learn about the differences between food allergies and food intolerances, such as with gluten. Eating a healthy diet keeps you physically and mentally fit. Learn how it prevents weight gain, lowers your risk for diet-related illnesses, gives you more energy, and boosts your memory using food.

Wednesday, September 26, 6-8 pm
Healthy Food Habits
When it comes to eating, we have strong habits. Some are good "I always eat breakfast", and some are not so good "I always clean my plate". Learn how to create and maintain healthy eating habits for a lifetime.

Registration

This is a FREE program. No registration is required. All ages are welcome.  Children under 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Additional Information

For more information, please call 301-446-6817, TTY 301-699-2544, or e-mail wellness@pgparks.com.

Disability Policy


We encourage and support the participation of individuals with disabilities. Register at least a minimum of two weeks in advance of the program start date to request and receive a disability accommodation.