Colorado Springs Cooking Instructor Offers Healthy Eating Series | Way of life

If you’re looking for health-themed cooking classes, you’ll see Emma Mitchell’s name associated with two sets of offers.

Mitchell, owner of Emm’s Co. Culinary Experiences, teaches his own monthly “Lean and Green Cooking Community” class series. For UCHealth, she teaches “heart-healthy community cooking classes.”

The “Lean and Green” course began on April 28 and students prepared Thai-inspired pork lettuce wraps, infused water and a healthy dessert. Mitchell taught meals alongside Cindy Kidd, a health coach who partners with Optavia, a holistic health and wellness program, to guide people toward weight loss and long-term healthy habits.

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According to Optavia’s website, the program aims to help people achieve their goals through the creation of healthy habits, clinically proven plans and scientifically developed products, all reinforced by coaches who provide support. individualized.

The classes, Mitchell said, are “designed as both a social connector and meal ideas for people who want to incorporate healthy eating habits into their lives.” They are open to anyone who wants to learn healthy recipes and find healthy friends.

“Long story short: healthy goals plus friends equals a better chance of adopting long-term healthy habits,” Mitchell wrote in his Emm Co. newsletter.

Classes are limited to 12 people and cost $65 per person. Visit emmcoevents.com.

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Mitchell will also lead a series of four monthly classes for UCHealth called The Heart Healthy Community Cooking Classes. The first is “Pantry Possibilities” from 6-8 p.m. June 7 at The Arc, 12 N. Meade Ave. The target audience is anyone who has had a heart attack in the past year or is living with heart disease.

“The common goal around heart-healthy community cooking classes is to reduce the fear that keeps people from engaging in a heart-healthy lifestyle,” says Mary Duran, outreach manager for the UCHealth Southern Region Seniors Program. “Often we grow up learning a certain way of eating with busy lifestyles that leave us choosing foods that are highly processed or nutrient lacking.”

Duran said Mitchell will “break down those barriers of fear” through hands-on learning and education.

“What makes this series of classes unique,” ​​Duran said, “is that participants will work in groups to engage with each other, also creating social bonds – letting food be the catalyst for others get to know each other, build social connections while learning healthy habits.In addition, UCHealth providers will attend classes to encourage and teach the benefits of eating in this lifestyle.

Classes take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Arc. After the June 7 course there are: “Weekly Building Blocks” on July 6, “Learning to Read Labels” on August 2 and “Breakfast Grab & Go Meals” on September 7.

Visit tinyurl.com/cbbjpxr6 or call 719-444-2273. The cost is $25 each. Class sizes are limited and registration is required.

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