The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County will offer an appetizing class this month called "Berries and You: Perfect Together." Instructed by Dr. Karen Ensle, a family and community health sciences educator and associate professor at Rutgers University, the class will introduce participants to the various health benefits of blueberries, cranberries and strawberries in a most delicious way.

Participants will be able to taste the berries as they learn creative ways to incorporate more fruit into their every day diets. The class will be held on Thursday, April 29, 2010 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the County building, 300 North Avenue East in Westfield. Pre-registration is required by contacting Digna Torres at 908-654-9854 x2235, or A materials fee of $5.00 per person will be collected at the door.

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension is supported in part by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Research indicates that berries contain substances with beneficial health effects. For instance, phytochemicals, which are commonly found in berries, have been shown to prevent bacteria from attaching to the urinary tract. Antioxidants are also common in berries and have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer and blood clotting. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration also suggests that fruits can help with weight management.