Cooking & Nutrition Classes

Free Cooking, Nutrition & Physical Activity Classes


Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention (NEOP) offers classes for adults and youth offered by food savvy chef Wendy Van Wagner, Registered Dietician Julie DeHollander and teen social worker/yoga teacher Jen Winders.

Classes include series and workshops that teach you how to cook and eat fresh, whole foods while sticking to a budget as well as on how to integrate physical activity into your family's life. Class and food demo locations are selected based upon specific program criteria.
cooking class food set up on table

Meet the Instructors


About Julie DeHollander


Julie DeHollander, RD became passionate about nutrition and healthy lifestyle at an early age. She was drawn to Seattle from Chicago to pursue a degree in nutrition and dietetics at Bastyr University, because of their unique scientifically based natural health curriculum. Julie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Bastyr University in Seattle. Upon graduation, she was selected into the highly competitive graduate Bastyr Dietetic Internship Program, where she vigorously trained in all areas of dietetics at numerous clinical and community settings. Julie is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, a Certified Lactation Educator, and holds certificates in both Adult Weight Management and Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management.
Julie Dehollander Holding Bag of Greens
Previously, Julie worked as the supervising dietitian at an eating disorder, substance abuse and mental health treatment center in Seattle, before moving to Nevada County. She has owned and operated 2 nutrition private practices, and has taught countless nutrition and cooking classes over the past 10 years. Currently, Julie is a nutritionist for the Nevada County Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, and a nutrition educator for NEOP. Julie covers topics such as eating for recovery from substance abuse; teaches a seasonal eating and farmers market class, and offers ongoing classes at WIC.
Wendy van Wagner in kitchen holding greens

About Wendy Van Wagner


In 2007, Wendy Van Wagner founded In the Kitchen Cooking School in her San Francisco home-kitchen. In 2008 Wendy moved to Nevada City where she opened In the Kitchen featuring a brand new teaching kitchen and dining room. Some of her partnering organizations included Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation, Briar Patch Co-op and Fit Culture.

Prior to founding In the Kitchen, Wendy received a B.A. in cultural anthropology from Pitzer College in Claremont, CA, studied at Bauman College in Berkeley and is a certified Nutrition Educator.
Her passion for cooking developed while in college while working at a student run cafe. From there she worked for Bay Area catering and events company, Jane Hammond Events, Aubergine in Berkeley and at Gialina in San Francisco. Wendy has taught cooking and nutrition classes in both public and private schools. In 2006 she designed and produced the hot lunch program at the Oakland Community Charter School. Wendy has recently devoted much of her time to the organization Live Healthy Nevada County which improves access to healthy, local foods as well as farm to school connections. Currently through NEOP Wendy is offering a series of classes that teach you how to cook and eat fresh, whole foods while sticking to a budget!

About Jen Winders


Jen-Rhi Winders, MSW, CYKF is a consultant with WISE Services, a clinical social work intern (ASW 27343), teen social worker and health educator through Nevada County Public Health’s Health and Wellness prevention division. She is a certified YogaKids and YogaEd trainer, a Mindful Schools Educator, programs focused on bringing yoga curriculum into the classroom with YogaEd offering a State PE credit option.
Jen Winders sitting in canoe
Jen facilitates teen groups and works with the local suicide prevention high school program “What’s Up Wellness Checkups,” providing universal emotional health screening  to area teens. Prior to her work at the county, she worked in the fields of domestic violence/abuse treatment, substance abuse treatment, teen parenting support and women's health.

Currently through NEOP Jen provides website support, coordinates an annual Health Fair at Silver Springs high school and offers nutrition and physical activity classes to seniors and youth as well as train the trainer workshops for school teachers, staff and childcare providers.