The Nursing Department will be working on a Healthy Choices/Nutritious Cooking Course scheduled to begin by January, 2013. The course will be a collaborative effort between Anne Seyffert, RN and Gerry Pouliot, Assistant Principal. Anne will work with the students while Gerry will focus on creating the lesson plans. Some of the highlights will include:
Increasing the nutritional value of favorite foods by decreasing unhealthy fats and sugars
Using seasonal ingredients
Aesthetic presentation of meals
Using herbs and spices for flavor
The course will include trips to farms, farmers markets and grocery stores to help students appreciate the importance of fresh produce in their diet. Students will also learn to read labels as a part of their understanding of the importance to limit the intake of sodium, carbohydrates and fats found in processed foods. Anne will be working with the students on meal preparations and presentation. Students who have been asked about participation in such a class were very excited and are looking forward to the experience.
Once established, we plan to move the course to other residences with the ultimate goal to increase healthy habits that students will take with them on their journey to adulthood.
Lauralee Schiraga, RN
Director of Nursing
“Until I discovered cooking, I was never really interested in anything.”