A Holiday Plant-Based Cooking Class is scheduled at NewBo City Market's Kirkwood Culinary Kitchen this month, with classes for children scheduled at various locations in the Cedar Rapids area. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

A Holiday Plant-Based Cooking Class is scheduled at NewBo City Market’s Kirkwood Culinary Kitchen this month, with classes for children scheduled at various locations in the Cedar Rapids area. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

An interesting twist in what can be a challenge to get kids to eat their veggies: the Blue Zones Project in Cedar Rapids, which promotes healthy living, is teaming up with Theatre Cedar Rapids and other organizations for cooking classes for children.

Actors and actresses from Shrek the Musical will be on hand to talk about all things fairy tale while kids in the class learn about healthy eating.

Find the schedule of classes and more about events this December from the Blue Zones Project:

Purpose Week:

Blue Zones Project is hosting Purpose Week – offering 6 Purpose Workshops, all FREE and open to the public to attend, during the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of December.

A Purpose Workshop is a 2-hour event in which a facilitator guides you through various fun and interactive activities to begin the journey to finding your individual purpose.

Keep in mind that there are three primary ways of uncovering your gifts:

Your gifts are reflected in what you do best.

Your gifts show up in how you like to serve.

Your gifts are being used when you lose yourself in a task.

Start on the path to finding your purpose in life, visit the link to RSVP to a Purpose Week workshop!


Tuesday, December 2 from 7-9 pmCoe CollegeGage Memorial Union, Lynch Room

1220 1st Ave. NE

Cedar Rapids

Thursday, December 4th from 10 am- 12 pmMount Mercy UniversityCRST International Graduation Center

1599 Wenig Road

Cedar Rapids

Wednesday, December 3rd from 4-6 pmCity Services Center500 15th Ave SW

Cedar Rapids

Thursday, December 4th from 2-4 pmThe Lodge at Terry Trueblood Park579 McCollister Blvd

Iowa City

Thursday, December 4th from 9-11 amESCO Group3450 3rd St


Thursday, December 4th from 3-5 pmMercy Medical CenterHallagan Education Center

701 10th St SE, Cedar Rapids

Cooking Classes:

Blue Zones Project is partnering with Hy-Vee, Theatre Cedar Rapids, NewBo City Market, and Kirkwood Culinary Arts to offer fun, free and low-cost holiday cooking classes in November and December!

Help your kids eat with a plant slant by attending one of Hy-Vee’s Blue Zones-inspired Eat Green! Cooking Class for Kids. Actors and actresses from the upcoming Shrek the Musical will be on hand to talk with your little ones about all things fairy tale while they learn about healthy eating! And, if you attend an Eat Green! class and tell us one thing you’re doing to improve your well-being, you could win tickets to see Shrek!

Tuesday, December 2nd from 4-5 pmEat Green! @ Wilson Ave Hy-Vee20 Wilson Ave SW, Cedar Rapids Tuesday, December 16th from 4-5 pmEat Green! @ Collins Rd Hy-Vee279 Collins Road NE, Cedar Rapids
Wednesday, December 3rd from 2:30-3:30 pmEat Green! @ Johnson Ave Hy-Vee1843 Johnson Avenue NW, Cedar Rapids Wednesday, December 17th from 2:30-3:30 pmEat Green! @ First Ave Hy-Vee1556 First Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids
Tuesday, December 9th from 4-5 pmEat Green! @ Mt Vernon Rd Hy-Vee4035 Mount Vernon Road SE

Cedar Rapids

Saturday, December 20th from 9-11 amHoliday Plant-Based Cooking Class Part IINewBo City Market – Kirkwood Culinary Kitchen

1100 3rd St SE, Cedar Rapids

Wednesday, December 10th from 2:30-3:30 pmEat Green! @ Marion Hy-Vee3600 Business Highway 151, Marion

Check out our events page for classes at NewBo or visit any Cedar Rapids or Marion Hy-Vee Food Store to get registered for an Eat Green! cooking class.

Walk the Skywalk with Blue Zones:

Blue Zones Project is hosting a 10-week walking program throughout the downtown Skywalk.  So come in out of the cold and continue your walking in a controlled environment. This is a great opportunity to walk with friends, co-workers, or simply meet new friends! Attend at least 3 times to receive a Blue Zones Project t-shirt!

All walks depart from the Downtown Public Library and are as follows:

  • Tuesdays:  9:00 AM

  • Wednesdays:  Noon

  • Thursdays:  Noon

  • Thursdays:  5:10 PM

We will not walk on the following days:  December 24 and 25; January 1.

A team leader will meet the group on the first floor of the Downtown Public Library for check-in. Upon departure, the group will proceed to the second floor of the library to connect with the Skywalk. Feel free to join one of these groups, or all four if you wish! We hope to see you there!

Parking at the Downtown Public Library is free.  Please RSVP by following the link below.


Volunteer Orientation:

Interested in volunteering for the Blue Zones Project? Join us at Rockwell Collins Rec Center’s ISU Room on Tuesday, December 16th at 11AM to learn about the project while meeting new friends! The orientation will consist of an overview of the Blue Zones Project along with a Volunteer Training for those that want to get involved in the wide range of volunteer opportunities that Blue Zones Project offers. Go to the following link to access our events page to RSVP for this event!  https://iowa.bluezonesproject.com/events

Live Longer, Better – Blue Zones 101

Join us at the Downtown Library on Thursday, December 18 from 11 am – 11:45 am

Learn more about Blue Zones Project and how to use the on-line tools that only members have access to. Take the Vitality Compass, Find Events, Implement the Home and Family Checklists, and more.