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Cooking school to be serving up recipes for good health, long life

Stir-fried sweet-and-sour chicken is just one of the recipes that you may see demonstrated and sample at the Cooking for a Life Time cooking school.

Cooking for a Life Time is a new cooking school designed to help women reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. The school's two, two-hour sessions 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 cooking school consists of two lessons, from 5 to 7 p.m. March 22 and 29. Call the Extension Office -- (706) 595-1815 -- for immediate registration; early registration deadline is Tuesday. Participants who make the early registration will receive a prize, as will those who bring a female guest age 40 to 64.

All participants will receive recipes and class material that will help them translate what they learn in the class to new healthy habits at home. Each session will have a demonstration of healthy recipes available for sampling by participants.

Lessons include an overview of cancer prevention with emphasis on diet and physical activity. The New American Plate introduces the plant-based meal plan, whole grains and modification of recipes. Learn strategies for eating out at various restaurants. Learn grocery shopping strategies through a virtual supermarket tour. The cooking school includes activities that are sure to keep participants' interest at a peak.

Simple changes in the way you prepare foods can affect 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 also heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes.

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, such as vegetables, fruits and whole grains, will get you started. Watching how much sugar, fat and calories you eat will also help.

For more information, call the Extension Office -- (706) 595-1815. 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, March 10, 2011

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