Durango, Cooking Matters Colorado
Since 2010, Betzi has changed families’ lives as a Nutrition Educator for 15 courses, and 9 tours, serving 359 families total. Betzi achieved Hall of Fame status in 2017.
“I am currently a retired Registered Dietitian and I started volunteering for Cooking Matters in 2010. This past year I had an interesting insight into my childhood as I was carpooling with one of the Cooking Matters coordinators here in Durango and we were talking about the kind of meals we ate as children. One of the meals my family often had when I was very young was applesauce with cinnamon on cooked noodles. That was it! I also remember our store bought milk getting “modified” with some added non-fat dry milk powder and water and I must say that the end result was not a very tasty one! Thinking in retrospect about that, my family may have at times had some food insecurity that I was unaware of. In a family with five children, my mom was undoubtedly on a very tight budget and offering a balanced meal was not always feasible.
I worked in the field of dietetics for 35 years and 22 of those were as a nutrition consultant and then as director of the WIC program in SW Colorado. Of all the jobs I had as a dietitian I can honestly say that working for the WIC program gave me the most satisfaction. Interacting with participants provided me a sense that I was really making a difference in the lives of the families I saw on a daily basis in our office. When I started volunteering for the Cooking Matters program I found that it was another way that I could continue helping individuals and families by sharing ways for them to cook healthy meals, save money on nutritious foods at the grocery store and to improve their health and the health of their family. And, the Cooking Matters staff we have here in Southwest Colorado makes volunteering so easy and fun!!!
I plan on continuing to volunteer as much as I can because as Winston Churchill once said “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.’”
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