Dignity Works Here at RCC presents Project ELEVATE

Educate, Life Skills, Enrichment, Vocational Skills, Advocacy, Transition, Empowerment

Summer 2022

RCC and Dignity Works Here, Inc. are partnering to offer a 6 week workshop on Healthy Living.

The classes are engaging, hands-on and will focus on the skills related to “adulting” targeting individuals 18+ years.

All abilities are welcome to participate in Project ELEVATE in an inclusive environment at RCC’s Hospitality & Culinary Arts Center in Nyack, NY.

Students will learn life skills, build self-esteem and confidence, make new friends, and have fun!

Contact us at [email protected] with any questions.

Class Schedule

May 24 – June 30, 2022 (Tentative)
Classes will be Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Hospitality and Culinary Arts Center, 70 Main Street, Nyack, NY.

MINDFULNESS9:30 am – 10:00 am
HEALTHY EATING10:00 am – 10:50 am
COOKING WITH CHEF MARK11:00 am – 12:30 pm
FITNESS 4 LIFE1:30 pm – 2:20 pm

All 4 classes bundled: $1,800

Class Descriptions

This introductory class will teach individuals different strategies to practice mindfulness as well as the benefits derived from the practice. Students will be introduced to different mindfulness breathing techniques, participate in guided meditations and will have the opportunity to practice gentle chair yoga exercises.

This class will focus on the importance of nutrition in our lives. Individuals will be introduced to the MyPlate concept and the five major food groups. This course will also focus on making healthy choices regarding food and will teach healthy portions using MyPlate. Individuals will be taught about “hidden” sugar and fat in food and how to read food labels so they can make informed choices about food they choose to eat. Healthy meal planning will also be covered.

This class will teach appropriate kitchen safety guidelines and procedures and personal hygiene for safe food handling. Individuals will apply established kitchen safety rules and guidelines to maintain a safe kitchen environment. Students will have the opportunity to utilize kitchen utensils and appliances throughout to make basic recipes. Concepts taught in the Healthy Eating class will be reinforced in Cooking with Chef Mark. Students will have the opportunity to eat what they make during lunch. After lunch, students will come back into the kitchen to clean their dishes, cookware and appliances using appropriate kitchen sanitation techniques.

Lunch time will be supervised. Individuals will have the opportunity to eat what they prepared during the cooking class or bring a lunch from home. Skills taught throughout the program will be reinforced during this natural social time. In addition, students will be encouraged to gather in small groups and engage in social and recreational activities.

This movement class will reinforce the importance of physical fitness in our daily lives. The physical fitness exercises will target the development of core strength through the following four areas: aerobic, strength training, flexibility, and balance. Students will be encouraged to compete against themselves to improve their performance

three students learning in the kitchen
student and instructor exercising
photo credit: Stacey B. Orzell
student breaking an egg an putting in bowl

Bundled Class Fee

Class Cost
Mindfulness $230
Healthy Eating $385
Cooking with Chef Mark / Sanitation / Cleanup $800
Fitness 4 Life $385
Total (bundled) (a $200 savings) $1,800

Individual Class Fees

Healthy Eating$425
Cooking with Chef Mark / Sanitation / Cleanup$900
Fitness 4 Life$425
Total – individual pricing$2,000
student drawing
graters and wire whisks on a shelf
student and instructor sharpening a knife