Cornell Cooperative Extension Eat Smart Group At MHA Thursday Afternoons

Healthy eating classes have been added to the many groups that meet regularly at the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County.

With a focus on nutrition and healthy living, the Eating Smart group meets weekly at 1 p.m. on Thursdays at the Mental Health Association, 31 Water St., Door 14, in the rear of the Gateway Center.

Eat Smart New York provides nutrition education materials and sponsors education events and classes in local communities on a variety of nutrition topics, including healthy eating on a budget, smart shopping for vegetables and fruit, healthy meal planning, basic cooking and food safety skills, weight control and physical activity. The goals of the Eat Smart New York program are to eat more fruits and vegetables, drink less sugar-sweetened beverages, exercise more and balance calories eaten as part of a healthy lifestyle.

The Mental Health Association is a peer-run organization offering support services to people with substance use disorders and all other forms of mental health diagnosis. The association works in collaboration with local treatment providers, other non-profits, community-based partners, and treatment courts to empower individuals in attaining their goals. In an accepting environment, it provides recovery coaching by certified peer specialists as well as support groups and classes.

There is no charge for any of the Mental Health Association’s services or programs.

Anyone with questions or in need of services for themselves or a family member is welcome to call or stop in. Hours are Monday through Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, call 661-9044 or visit or