FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Learning cooking skills can cut a person's costs and improve overall nutrition, and an upcoming class will help arm single Soldiers with the knowledge they need to navigate the kitchen.

Fort Rucker's Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers will host the first in a series of Life Skills Cooking Classes Oct. 5 from 4:30-6 p.m. at the BOSS Building, Bldg. 8350.

"This event will focus on food preparation, cooking and how to keep foods out of the danger zone to prevent contamination and spread of illness," Aida Stallings, DFMWR community recreation division business manager, said. "They will also learn how to make more nutritional food choices on the run."

According to Stallings, the Wednesday class will focus on overall kitchen safety and healthy foods, along with how to prepare quick and easy meals using skillets, Panini presses, ovens and slow cookers.

"Too many times going to a fast food restaurant is so much easier than preparing a nutritious meal for one," Stallings said. "The Soldiers will be given hands-on lessons on quick, nutritious meals that are low cost and great tasting."

The next classes take place Nov. 2, she said, and will focus on outdoor food preparation and safety. Participants will learn how to make healthy food choices for grilling, along with quick and easy preparation methods.

The class guarantees space for the first 20 BOSS Soldiers to register; however, Stallings said they will attempt to make space for any single Soldier who wishes to attend.

"We only ask participants bring an open mind and an empty stomach," Stallings said.

According to Stallings, the next Life Skills classes include zip-lining and horseback riding.

For more information, call 255-9810.