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Published on August 13, 2014

Spartanburg Regional is ‘Cooking Up Wellness’ at Senior Center

Workshop series promotes healthy food, fellowship and fun

Good nutrition is the foundation of a healthy lifestyle at any age – and that’s why Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System is presenting a food-centric series of workshops at the Senior Center of Chesnee.

“Cooking Up Wellness” kicks off at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 15 at 302 E. Manning St. in Chesnee. The first workshop, which focuses on “Fiber Facts,” includes a cooking demonstration featuring Bean & Quinoa Burgers, a wellness discussion/screening on waist measurement, and special giveaways. The session is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Call 864-451-0302 to sign up.

The series is a joint effort by the Joe R. Utley Heart Resource Center and Morrison Healthcare, SRHS’s food service provider.

“These workshops promote healthy food, fellowship and fun,” said Mark Pearce, director of food services at SRHS. “We want to demonstrate how easy it is to prepare nutritious, low-cost meals – that taste really good.”

Derrick Williams, chef at Spartanburg Medical Center, will head up the cooking demos.

“This is an ideal place for seniors to participate in cooking classes and learn ways to improve their diets,” said Williams, noting the Senior Center’s kitchen was recently upgraded – complete commercial-grade appliances – with funding from Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.

Healthy food, of course, is also heart-healthy food.

“Our goal is to emphasize cardiovascular wellness,” said Lori Boyd, RN, coordinator of the Heart Resource Center. “Good nutrition is the key to good health.”

Additional workshops in the “Cooking Up Wellness” series include “Food Safety” on Nov. 7; “Physical Activity and Whole Grains” on Feb. 6; and “Low Fat Dairy, Fruits and Vegetables” on May 8.

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