Now at The Salvation Army Kroc Center: Nutrition Education Designed to Protect Against Heart Disease, Insulin Resistance, Diabetes and Breaking the Budget

Monday, September 14 2009


Written by Donna Emert

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho –The only time-tested, reliable formula for achieving and maintaining optimum health is eating sensibly and exercising. These two vital components of a healthy lifestyle will be offered under one roof when University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene introduces educational forums on newsworthy nutrition topics at The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Center this fall.

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 22, University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene Dietetics professor SeAnne Safaii, a registered and licensed dietitian and nutrition columnist for the Coeur d’Alene Press, and her senior students, will present four, one-hour educational forums.

The nutrition forums will explain how to plan meals for a healthier heart; how to make healthy meals on a budget; how to reduce the risk of Metabolic Syndrome, a cluster of risk factors including high blood pressure, obesity, high cholesterol and insulin resistance; and how to manage diabetes.

"The top three causes of death in the United States – heart disease, cancer and stroke – are linked to diet," said Safaii. "A major key to preventing these diseases is what you put on your plate. We are collaborating with The Kroc Center to offer practical, easy-to-implement strategies for healthful eating. Prepare your palate for tasteful recipe samples."

The forums include:

Healthy Heart Diet, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 22. The D.A.S.H. (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) eating plan will be discussed, including all the components of a heart-healthy diet, and samples of foods and cooking methods.

Healthy Meal Planning-on a Budget, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 29. Living on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t have a healthy diet. This session will cover shopping strategies, inexpensive ways to buy produce, dairy, grains, meat and how to use meat substitutes. Cooking, meal planning tips and samples will be provided.

Reducing Your Risks for Metabolic Syndrome Through Diet, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 6. Metabolic Syndrome, or insulin resistance syndrome is a group of health conditions that together puts you at greater risk for heart disease and diabetes. Learn about dietary changes that you can make to reduce your risk factors.

The Nutrition and Diabetes Connection, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 13. Learn about the importance of nutrition to diabetes management. Current nutrition guidelines for diabetes management will be outlines and resources provided. Food samples, recipes and cooking methods will be shared.

These educational forums are free of charge and open to the public, including non-members. Seating is limited. Please reserve your space in advance by signing up at the front desk of The Kroc Center, or by calling (208) 667-1865. Drop-ins are welcome if seating is available.
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