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Letter from the editor | January 2019

Emily Adams Keplinger


Happy New Year! Ready to start on working on your 2019 resolutions? Top changes on many lists are those relating to health and wellness. For most people, that equates to losing weight and eating healthier. For the most successful results, that entails making real changes to our dietary habits. In other words, think of the word “diet” as what you eat — not as a word for a prescribed formula that gets you to your goal, then leaves you to your own devices for maintenance. At Church Health, they have taken healthy eating one step further. Based on the simple premise that “food is medicine” they are promoting healthy eating in the name of culinary medicine.

“Developed by Dr. Timothy Harlan, founder of Tulane University’s Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine, Culinary Medicine is a scientific, evidence-based curriculum centered on nine general principles that follow the guidelines of the Mediterranean Diet,” explained Sharon Moore, Manager of Wellness Education and Nutrition at Church Health.

In addition to bringing healthcare practitioners around to a new way of thinking about food by encouraging healthier lifestyles for patients, Church Health is offering Community Cooking Classes to help people make those lifestyle changes. The classes meet once a week for two hours for a total of six weeks. At each class, participants cook together and then share a family style meal.

“In our classes, you will join other community members to learn how to make meals that are as nutritious as they are delicious!,” said Moore. “Each class includes simple, healthful concepts you can practice in your own kitchen. Additionally, we teach strategies for meal planning and shopping on a budget. The goal is to impart helpful information on how different foods and cooking techniques can help you eat well, get healthy and stay healthy.”

Community Cooking Classes are held Church Health, 1350 Concourse Avenue, in the first floor kitchen (the FedEx Nutrition Hub) of the West Atrium. Beginner level classes start January 8; daytime at 10 a.m., nighttime at 5:30 p.m. Intermediate level classes begin January 10, mornings only.

“While our clinical services are available for individuals who are working but uninsured, our community wellness and training programs are open to the entire community,” said Jenny Koltnow, Director of Communication & Development for Church Health. “Our cooking classes can be scheduled as team-building activities for groups up to 30 people.” 

To learn more, visit churchhealth.org/communitycooking/.

That’s my wish for all of our readers, as well as myself — that we enjoy and healthy and happy New Year!