Symposium inspires cooking for health |

Symposium inspires cooking for health

Stacey Gavrell
Valley View Hospital Foundation
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Walter Gallacher Special to the Post IndependentChef Susie Jimenez, pictured, and two physicians, Dr. Rebecca Laird and Dr. Stephania Timothy, will demonstrate the effectiveness of healthy cooking and eating at the Women's Health Symposium on April 21 in Carbondale.

What is one of the largest factors affecting well-being and ability to stave off disease? Sensible nutrition.

But sensible doesn’t have to equal boring. Quite the opposite, in fact.

Enter Susie Jimenez, Food Network star finalist and local chef. The vibrant approach Jimenez takes to life is reflected in the food she creates.

“Great food helps people feel vital. It nourishes their senses and cares for them,” said Jimenez as she sautes a colorful mix of kale, butternut squash and asparagus at her sunny and bright kitchen.

“To me, cooking is a way to nourish those I love. What better way to do that than to use fresh, simple, nutrient-dense foods that taste great? It’s a delight to see people explore new tastes, then find out what they are eating is actually good for them,” she said.

Dr. Rebecca Laird agrees. As a cardiologist and founder of Mountain Cardiology, Laird has firsthand experience with the parallels between eating and heart health.

“Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 cause of death for women in the United States. The good news is, you can lower your cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke by making even small lifestyle changes.

“Awareness of how to use your food options to help prevent and treat heart disease can be a powerful tool for helping to achieve a long, healthy life,” Laird said.

Jimenez and Laird are partnering to promote healthy eating for heart disease prevention and treatment at the Women’s Health Symposium on Saturday, April 21.

Their cooking demonstration and presentation will showcase fresh, heart-healthy food that’s a snap to pull together.

“We’re excited to help women in this valley think of food and cooking as a powerful and fun health tool for themselves and those they love,” said Jimenez.

The power of food for prevention and treatment is not limited to heart disease, according to Dr. Stephania Timothy, surgeon and Women’s Health Symposium organizer.

“Cancer, stroke, diabetes, heart disease – all of these medical concerns can be greatly affected by the food we eat,” Timothy said. “As a woman, I am a firm proponent of using nutrition, exercise and knowledge as the first line of defense in protecting your health.

“My intent for the symposium is to enlighten women to the wide range of health resources available in the valley, and to give them concrete tools like healthy cooking techniques and exercise options to help them take charge of their wellness,” Timothy added.

Jimenez thinks Timothy’s approach is right on, and is excited to bring her Latin-inspired dishes to the table, so to speak.

“When I think of Latin cooking, and the Latin culture, I think of vitality and exuberance, and feel the symposium’s message is about being healthy and vital. It’s tremendous what Dr. Timothy has pulled together, and any woman who attends will leave feeling empowered about their health.

“And they’ll be well fed!” she said with a wink.

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