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The path to healthy eating is easy and fun with delicious recipes from YMCA food and nutrition programs in Red Deer and Edmonton! 

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive, time-consuming or boring. Our programs help you learn how to make healthy food choices and learn safe preparation and sustainable eating habits in our functional kitchen spaces to improve your overall health, well-being and happiness.

Programs and Workshops

Children's Programs

Kids in the Kitchen offers children between 6–12 years the opportunity to explore their cooking skills in a safe environment. Offered at our kitchens at Northside Community Centre YMCA in Red Deer and Boyle Street Plaza in Edmonton, participants learn about kitchen safety, prepare delicious recipes and even get to bring their creations home, if they don't eat them before then!

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Food and nutrition programs are also available during the summer months. Learn more about YMCA Summer Camps and Clubs at today!

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Collective Kitchen

Join us at Boyle Street Plaza in Edmonton to cook for yourself or your family! The class chooses the menu, the facilitator purchases the food and the group creates the meals as a team. Basic nutrition, food preparation and food safety are discussed throughout the class. Groups prepare two to three meals per session and portions can be ordered at a cost of $4 each. Participants are asked to bring their own takeaway containers. 

Classes are available on:

  • Tuesdays from 1–3pm
  • Wednesdays from 10am–12pm
  • Thursdays from 11:30am–1:30pm

For more information, or to register for a class, call 780–426–9265 or email our team at

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Specialty Kitchens & Workshops

Join us for our exciting and varied series of Specialty Kitchens coming in 2022 including Weeknight Meals, Taste of Portugal, Winter Warm-Up and many more! Each course features helpful instructions, expert tips and tricks and the opportunity to put your new skills into practice. As an added benefit, you get to taste and take home a sample of what you create.

Registration is open to those 16 years or older and classes are offered at the Boyle Street Plaza. For more information, or to register for a class, call (780) 426–9265 or email our team at

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If you have questions about our food and nutrition programming, email our team at today!