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Family Advocacy, HAWC to offer new parenting class

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Vandenberg's Family Advocacy Program and the Health and Wellness Center here are jointly offering a new class beginning Jan. 31 to connect parents within Vandenberg’s parenting community. The Parenting Café class is offered from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the HAWC in the 30th Medical Group’s clinic on the last Tuesday of each month. (Courtesy graphic)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Vandenberg's Family Advocacy Program and the Health and Wellness Center here are jointly offering a new class beginning Jan. 31 to connect parents within Vandenberg’s parenting community. The Parenting Café class is offered from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the HAWC in the 30th Medical Group’s clinic on the last Tuesday of each month. (Courtesy graphic)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Vandenberg's Family Advocacy Program and the Health and Wellness Center here are jointly offering a new class beginning Jan. 31 to connect parents within Vandenberg's parenting community.

The Parenting Café class is offered from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the HAWC in the 30th Medical Group's clinic on the last Tuesday of each month.

"We wanted to offer parenting classes that fit with everyone's busy schedules," said Pauline Chui, Vandenberg's Family Advocacy outreach program manager. "People wanted parenting classes, but could not attend long sessions during the work day, or evening hours. This class is broken down to shorter sessions so people can easily fit it in their lunch hour. We are also including a healthy meals cooking demonstration with each class."

Family Advocacy and the HAWC's collaborative efforts are designed to provide comprehensive information on healthy living aspects for parents.

"By partnering with the HAWC, we are able to incorporate health eating skills in building healthy relationships," said Melinda Reed, a registered dietitian and Parenting Café educator.

The Parenting Café class allows parents to engage in discussions about family living while learning how to prepare healthy meals for the entire family.

"The purpose of Parenting Café is to help families build healthy relationships and form strong communities," Chui said. "Through Parenting Café, parents share their concerns, ask questions, seek and provide advice, learn new parenting skills and connect with others who may be going through similar struggles in parenting."

This is not the average parenting class in a lecture format, said Chui.

"It's very informal," she said. "It's a gathering for parents, facilitated by parents. Come and share your experiences, bring up topics for discussion, and learn simple and practical parenting skills in a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere."

Space is limited to the first 15 parents who sign up each month.

For more information, or to sign up for The Parenting Café class, call Family Advocacy at 606-8217.