CHEF Teaching Kitchen: Bringing Families Together

“We learn new things every time we come here,” says Donelle Tedder, student of the Culinary Health Education for Families (CHEF) Teaching Kitchen at The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. “Yeah, the best thing I could cook before was cereal,” jokes her sister Dalia. CHEF Program Director Maria Palma explains that the family dynamic of the classes is purposeful. “It’s all centered around healthy food,” she explains, “But it’s really about family bonding and growth together.” When families participate in healthy cooking together, they develop good habits that improve the health of the household.

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Health Official: San Antonio’s High Obesity Rate ‘Not a Factory Defect’

In order to keep San Antonio healthy and thriving for another 300 years, the community must address the epidemic of childhood obesity that has had a devastating impact both on the city and the state, local health leaders said Wednesday. “Childhood obesity is preventable through community education and action,” said Linda Hook, assistant professor of nursing at the University of the Incarnate Word. “As our great city celebrates its 300th anniversary, [we aim] to address childhood obesity in an effort to raise awareness and positively impact quality of life.”

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CHOSA Sizzles Through Healthy Innovations

The Culinary Health Education for Families (CHEF) program at The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio (CHOSA) celebrated their Innovation Award with a healthy cooking demonstration. The award was presented at the annual Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives Conference in Napa, California this month. The award recognizes the nation’s leading health professional training programs providing innovative nutrition, physical activity and obesity counseling education to their students.

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Students’ Culinary Outlook Blossoms at Botanical Garden

North East ISD’s health and wellness student leaders jumped on a bus and headed to San Antonio’s own Botanical Garden on Feb. 28. The student team is part of K-SHAC or the Kids School Health Advisory Committee, led by Rachel Naylor, director of physical education and health at NEISD. The visit served as a great opportunity for the students to learn about gardening and horticulture, and the importance of incorporating that knowledge in the kitchen.

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Celina Parás Recognized as Young Dietitian of the Year

Congratulations to CHEF Dietitian, Celina Parás, for being awarded the Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year by Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics! Celina, a Registered Dietitian and Certified Texas Educator, has a passion for child nutrition and culinary...

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New Growth Blooms at the San Antonio Botanical Garden

If color brands like “bandana cherry,” “solar flare” and “brake lights” make you think of car finishes or fingernail polish, think again. These are the warm tints of perennials — a variety of lantana, tecoma and red yucca, respectively — that are the flowering foundation of the San Antonio Botanical Garden’s 8-acre, $22 million expansion, opening next Saturday.

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