CVMC Healthy Eating Classes (The Daily Home)

Registered Dietitian Meredith Mims of Coosa Valley Medical Center will instruct a healthy eating class Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 5 p.m. in the private dining room of the Hickory Street Café. This month’s class is “Holiday Cooking with a Healthy Twist.” Mims will share helpful tips and information about cooking healthier for the holidays. The class will include nutritional recipes, healthy tips, and tasty snacks provided by the Hickory Street Café.

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Meredith Mims, registered dietitian at Coosa Valley Medical Center, will discuss “Holiday Cooking with a Healthy Twist” Tuesday at 5 p.m. at the hospital.

Mims will go over how to make your holiday shopping list and healthier cooking techniques including blanching, baking, slow cooking and poaching. She will perform cooking demonstrations for healthier options for holiday entrees, sides, and desserts.

Mims will provide recipe cards to make your holiday cooking easier and more healthful.

“I’m so excited about a healthy cooking class for the holidays. Everyone loves holiday food, and I want to show them how to prepare healthier and tastier options for their families,” Mims said

Healthy eating classes began at the hospital last February, and have been a great success, with topics ranging from eating healthy on the go to healthy diets with health concerns such as COPD, diabetes, gluten allergies, etc. Classes are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m., and are suitable for all ages and for both men and women.

CVMC Marketing Coordinator Lindsay Johns said the need for a nutrition class was identified through the hospital’s Community Health Needs Assessment, during which community stakeholders identified three areas for the hospital to focus on in the coming years. One area identified was increasing the overall health and wellness of the community.

“That assessment helped us develop priorities, and one of those was to start a healthy eating campaign,” Johns said.

“We’ve increased our healthy offerings in the Hickory Street Café, renovated the hospital fitness center, and the nutrition classes have been a huge success in our community to work with our other efforts to help people eat right and live well.” Classes will kick off again on Jan. 27, 2015, with “Fighting Cancer with Healthy Choices.”

For more information, contact Mims at 256-401-4028.