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PCRM Cooks on Capitol Hill

Eating healthfully has never been easier. Anyone—even busy Capitol Hill staffers—can learn to make nutritious, low-fat recipes in a snap. That’s why PCRM dietitian Susan Levin, M.S., R.D., and certified health counselor Jill Eckart, C.H.H.C., traveled to the Capitol in March to present “In the Kitchen on the Hill,” a special one-hour cooking demonstration for congressional staffers looking to improve their health.

guacamoleAbout 60 congressional staffers—including ones from the offices of Sen. Tom Harkin and Reps. Jim Jordan, Greg Walden, Mike Doyle, Earl Blumenauer, Sheila Jackson Lee, Gwen Moore, and Roscoe Bartlett—attended the event, held in the Cannon House Office Building. Ms. Levin gave a PowerPoint presentation on diet and health and emphasized the importance of eating a low-fat, plant-based diet. Ms. Eckart demonstrated how to make healthy and delicious recipes, including Chocolate Cherry Nirvana Smoothie and Mockamole (a low-fat guacamole), two of the crowd’s favorites.

Since America’s health is a topic of great discussion in Congress, it’s no surprise that PCRM’s event was packed. The staffers asked lots of nutrition questions, and many stayed after the event to talk with Ms. Levin and Ms. Eckart.

“In the Kitchen on the Hill” was covered in the “Washington Whispers” section of U.S. News & World Report. PCRM is planning many more free cooking classes on Capitol Hill to help educate staffers about how to make healthy meals for themselves and their friends and family.



 

PCRM Online, May 2008

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