The Healthy Lifestyle Education Series: “Eating Smart-Being Active”, presented by the University of Missouri Extension, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 8 through Feb. 12, at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 3601 S. Sterling Ave., Independence .

Taking care of yourself is the first step to a healthy lifestyle. The instructor, University of Missouri Extension Nutrition Program Associate Juana Lopez, will demonstrate how to cook healthy, economical meals, measure portions, read food labels and exercise. You'll also be able to sample the food that is demonstrated.

This six week series is sponsored by the St. Paul Community Garden, and attending all classes is important. The classes are free, but registration is required, call Sara at 816-356-6986 or email indephealthykids@gmail.com.