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HAWC inspires healthy eating

Staff Sgt. Vanessa Arthur, Health and Wellness Center Diet Therapy technician, cooks mustard rubbed salmon May 25 during the cooking demo at the Heath and Wellness Center. (U.S. Air Force photo/ 2nd Lt. Marie Denson)

By Jessica Hunstiger

50th Space Wing Public Affairs

Eleven Team Schriever members attended a cooking demonstration here May 25 sponsored by the Schriever Health and Wellness Center.

The main goal of the cooking demonstration, given by Staff Sgt. Vanessa Arthur, HAWC diet therapist, was to provide a low sodium meal, beginning with a beverage and ending with dessert. The meal consisted of a passion fruit lemonade tea, mandarin orange and feta cheese salad, mustard rubbed salmon and yogurt fruit dip.

“The meal was delicious, and Sergeant Arthur’s directions were easy enough for me to try the recipes out at home,” said Lt. Col. Amy Robinson, 50th Operations Group deputy commander. “I had fun at the demo and hope to attend more — I’d recommend the HAWC demos to anyone who is looking for simple, but good-for-you meal ideas.”

Along with the cooking demonstration, Sergeant Arthur shared tips on improving health such as eating blueberries and ground flaxseed to help reduce waist size, as well as eating calcium rich, dark green vegetables. Each component of the meal contained healthy fats, proteins, and calcium, along with little or no salt, as a way to reach daily nutritional goals.

“Just because it’s healthy doesn’t mean it is without taste,” said Sergeant Arthur. “When cooking, I prefer to use fresh ingredients to get the most benefit from the food I eat.”

The HAWC hosts a cooking demonstration monthly. The Men’s Health Lunch ‘N’ Learn is set for June 17 to highlight Men’s Health week. The recipe will come from the cookbook, “A Man, a Can, a Plan.” Each member in attendance will receive a free copy of the cookbook. A breakfast themed meal is planned for July and a recipe with the theme, 15 minute meals, will be presented in August.

“People think making healthy food has to be hard and time consuming. More people tend to eat fast food on their way home from work because of that,” said Sergeant Arthur. “If people can have a quick, inexpensive and healthy meal, healthy eating will be encouraged and good eating habits will continue.”

The HAWC can provide tools needed to lead a healthy lifestyle. They are offering four new classes every month starting in June: Basic Nutrition, Sports Nutrition, Strength Training and a Running Clinic. For more information on the different services the HAWC provides call 567-4292.

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