Renaissance Links Celebrate American Heart Health Month

Renaissance (MI) Chapter Heart Healthy Cooking Event Northwest Activity Center, Detroit, MI February 27, 2014

Given the association between love and the month of February, the American Heart Association’s American Heart Month provided the Renaissance (MI) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated an opportunity to share the importance of knowing the risks for heart disease with the community through a Healthy Heart Cooking Class.
To celebrate, the Renaissance (MI) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated hosted a free dinner party, Thursday, February 27, for the community to learn how to prepare common favorites meals in a healthy way and all guests were also able to indulge in all the healthy and delicious dishes. The American Heart Association-based overview was created to discuss women’s health and what everyone can do to keep their hearts healthy.

“Learning about the risks of heart disease is the first step in positioning ourselves for healthier lives and cooking healthy is a great way to take an active role in that process,” shared Health and Human Services Co-chair Joya Harris. “And what better way to make that a healthy heart message stick is to enjoy a healthy cooking class AND enjoy delicious food prepared while you’re there!”

More than 60 women and a few supportive men attended the presentation on women and heart disease at Detroit’s Northwest Activity Center. The discussion centered on stunning statistics on heart disease, its impact on women versus other diseases and how an emphasis on a whole health lifestyle, including diet and exercise can reduce stress and combat heart disease.

Attendees were also treated to a cooking demo by a natural food chef who made vegetarian gumbo and a salad dressing during her presentation.  The dinner included bayou roasted chicken breast, veggie gumbo, brown rice, baby greens with Italian dressing and chef prepared dressing. The meal was topped off with fresh brewed ice tea and sweet potato bread pudding based on an adaptation of an AHA cookbook recipe.

Written by Communications Co-chair, Dana Harvey.

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