Cornell Cooperative Extension Eat Smart Group at MHA Thursday Afternoons

Cornell Cooperative Extension Eat Smart Group at MHA Thursday Afternoons

Jamestown, NY – Healthy eating classes have been added to the many groups that meet regularly at the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County (MHA).

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

Else Alonge, nutrition educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension in Chautauqua County, leads the group based on Eat Smart New York (ESNY) Nutrition Education.

ESNY provides nutrition education materials and sponsors education events and classes in local communities on a variety of nutrition topics. These topics include 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.

For more information about Eat Smart New York, visit

The MHA is a peer-run organization offering support services to people with substance use disorders and all other forms of mental health diagnosis. The MHA 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 MHA’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-Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To learn more about the MHA, call (716) 661-9044 or visit  or

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