Indulge in Wine & Chocolate at Culinary Medicine Class

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“The Pleasures of Wine & Chocolate,” a hands-on cooking experience for health care professionals will be held from 5:30-8:30 pm on Wednesday, March 21, at the Lincoln Land Community College Workforce Careers Center, 5250 Shepherd Road. The class is part of a new collaboration between the LLCC Culinary Institute and Southern Illinois University School of Medicine that aims to blend the art of food and cooking with the science of nutrition.
This class will feature the expertise of chocolatier Rob Solomon of Pease’s at BUNN Gourmet, Dr. Geoff Bland, family medicine physician with the Springfield Clinic and former owner of the Corkscrew and Charlyn Fargo Ware, dietician and chef with Hy-Vee, Inc., and instructor at the LLCC Culinary Institute.
“Wine and chocolate can be part of a healthy lifestyle,” says Stacy Sattovia, MD, associate professor of internal medicine at SIU Medicine. “This class will show people how to indulge in healthy ways and teach health care professionals strategies to counsel patients about how to enjoy these foods.” 
The class includes cooking time, educational discussion and tasting. Cost is $120, and registration is open at (Click on Learners and Conferences to register.) For more information, contact or call 217-545-7711.
“Nourish: Culinary Medicine” is a series of engaging activities that aim to educate health care professionals and learners on ways to eat better and promote healthier diets by pairing nutritional information with hands-on cooking skills. An April 11 class will focus on the Mediterranean Diet.
Culinary medicine is a new evidence-based field, according to Sattovia. “We want to get healthcare providers into the kitchen, actually cooking recipes that they can recommend to their patients to prevent and manage disease.”
Physicians frequently counsel patients on diet and exercise or refer patients to nutritionists and dietitians. More than one-third of U.S. adults are obese. Meal choices and sedentary lifestyles within the typical American household are causing increased rates of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer.
This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Nurses may receive a maximum of 3.0 contact hours for completing this activity.

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