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Cooking for a Life Time planned for Aug. 14 and 21 at local library

Aloha Chicken is just one of the recipes that you may see demonstrated at "Cooking for a Life Time" cooking school next week.

Curtis Pickard is our celebrity chef. We know that Dr. Pickard is well able to care for the teeth and help us to have a beautiful smile. But, can he put his tools to work in the kitchen? Can he put together a dish that makes you want to sink your "pearly whites" into it? Dr. Pickard has not let on what recipe he will be sharing. You will have to come and see him in action in the kitchen.

"Cooking for a Life Time" is a new cooking school designed for women to reduce the risk for cancer and other chronic diseases. The school has two, 2-hour sessions that will include information about foods and food preparation methods that may reduce cancer risk, tips for shopping for healthy foods and strategies for selecting nutritious foods when eating away from home.

The School will be held Tuesdays, Aug. 14 and 21, at the Thomson McDuffie County Library from 6 to 8 p.m. Each session will have a demonstration of healthy recipes that the audience will be able to taste. Participants will receive recipes and numerous handouts that will help them translate what they learn at the school to new healthy habits at home.

Looking for easy ways to stay healthy? Simple changes in the way you prepare foods can have an impact on your health. Whether you're cooking for one, two or an entire family, Cooking for a Life Time can help. By following simple nutrition guidelines for making healthy food choices, you can reduce not only your risk for cancer but of heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes, too.

No time to eat well? Planning healthy meals and snacks doesn't have to take a lot of time. The first step is to make a commitment to eat more healthfully. Eating a variety of healthy foods like vegetables, fruits, and whole grains will get you started. Watching how much sugar, fat and calories you eat will also help. It's as simple as that. It's easier than you think and Cooking for a Life Time will help get you started.

To register, call the Extension Office, 706-595-1815. Come prepared for fun, activities, food and you will learn something, too.

The Cooking School is a collaborative effort of the American Cancer Society, McDuffie County Health Department and UGA Cooperative Extension of McDuffie County.

Web posted on Thursday, August 09, 2007

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