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Free Cooking, Nutrition, Fitness Classes Aim to Increase Community Health Downtown



Local nonprofit On Common Ground is offering free nutrition, health and fitness classes at the Morris Burner Hostel, 400 East Fourth Street. 

More than one in five Washoe County school kids and more than one in five University of Nevada, Reno students do not know from where they’ll find their next meal, according to a Washoe County study. 

On Common Ground wants to change those numbers. 

“It’s unacceptable that one in five local students plus many elderly and other residents don’t have nutritious food to eat, yet 40% of all food in the U.S. is wasted,” said Michelle Dobbs, director of On Common Ground. 

Dobbs said that access to affordable, nutritious food and the ability to prepare it allows every adult and child to work, learn, grow and fight disease.

The nonprofit is opening its doors to a sliding-scale grocery store at the Hostel, but in the meantime, it is offering free classes funded by the Nevada SNAP-Ed program.

The free classes are listed below.

Information is available online: OCGReno.org. Or visit the Morris Burner Hostel for more information.

On Common Ground, or OCG, works to feed hungry people by providing access to affordable, healthy food and teaching people how to make it delicious. 


SUNDAYS    1:30-3:00 PM  Kids Variety Health  Ages 8-18
Sundays August 11th – Sept. 22nd (No class September 1st)
Snacks, Games, Nutrition, Fitness, Light Cooking
Morris Burner Hostel: 400 East 4th St, Reno

MONDAY MEAL PLANNING   11:30AM-1:00 PM  All Ages 
Mondays August 12th – Sept. 23rd (No class September 2nd, Labor Day)
Stretching your budget; Healthy choices; Snacks; Games
Morris Burner Hostel: 400 East 4th St, Reno

THURSDAY FLEX-YOGA   6:00-7:30 PM All Ages 
Thursdays Aug. 15th & Sept. 19th
No experience needed; All levels accommodated
Morris Burner Hostel: 400 East 4th St, Reno

1st Fridays: Aug. 2nd & Sept. 6th  ▪ Ages 8-12
3rd Fridays: Aug. 16th, Sept. 20th   ▪Ages 13-18
Moon Rabbit Cafe, 225 3/4 W. Taylor St, Reno

SATURDAY FITNESS   5:00-6:30 PM All Ages 
Saturdays Aug. 10th – Sept. 21st 
Cardio & strength building; All levels welcome
August 10th @ Morris Burner Hostel, 400 East 4th St, Reno)
All others @ Northern NV HOPES, 580 West 5th St, Reno

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