Nonprofit hosts cooking courses
By MEGHAN PITTMAN The Brunswick News
The beginning of a new year often reminds people to take a closer look at living a healthy life - at what they eat and how they exercise.
They might find a few answers in a series of classes local Chef Mimi McGee is conducting beginning today at St. Simons Health and Fitness Club on St. Simons Island.
The program, called "Food for Life: The Power of Food for Cancer Prevention and Survival," is designed to help anyone who might have concerns about cancer in the family after losing a loved one to the disease and to provide information to those who want to learn how to prepare healthier meals.
"I have lived in Glynn County most of my life and was married to a man who died from cancer, and I always thought there was a connection between eating healthy and cancer," McGee said.
That's when McGee began focusing on nutrition.
"Now that we have enough science to support it, we know (healthy eating) can help prevent cancer," McGee said.
The classes will help people learn how to introduce healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains into a diet and how to prepare them effectively.
"It's about how to get away from the processed food and the junk," McGee said. "Where do we buy what we need to have a plant-based diet?"
Learning to stray from the meats, sugars and source protein in other foods will help keep people healthy, she said.
"For example, use nonstick pans in cooking so you don't have to add oil to it," McGee said.
Fatty foods and added fats and oils have been linked to an increased risk of breast, colon and prostate cancer, she said.
The event, sponsored by the national nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, begins at 5:30 p.m. and will continue on Tuesdays for the following three weeks at the St. Simons Health and Fitness Club on St. Simons Island.
There is a $80 fee for the course for members and $100 for nonmembers.
Four classes are planned, all of which are scheduled for 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Today: "Introduction to How Foods Fight Cancer "
Jan. 17: "Fueling Up on Low-Fat, High-Fiber Foods"
Jan. 24: "Discovering Dairy and Meat Alternatives"
Jan. 31: "Cancer-Fighting Compounds and Healthy Weight Control"
To register, visit http://january-ssihf.eventbrite.com/ or call 638-5600.