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Healthy Eating on Budget Workshop at Restoration Plaza a Big Success!

The EmblemHealth Live Healthy Cooking Demonstration By Verna DuBerry Ademu-John, MS, Program Coordinator and Kelly Cheung , Health Intern, Partnership for a Healthier Brooklyn at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation The Live Healthy Cooking Dem
Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, Emblem Health, Live Healthy Cooking Demonstration
The EmblemHealth Live Healthy Cooking Demonstration

By Verna DuBerry Ademu-John, MS, Program Coordinator and Kelly Cheung, Health Intern, Partnership for a Healthier Brooklyn at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation

The Live Healthy Cooking Demonstrations provided by Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation and EmblemHealth got off to a great start.

At the first Healthy Eating on a Budget session, more than a dozen participants received information from the Financial Empowerment Center on developing a food budget that meets financial and health goals. Following this seminar, Chef Sia, a certified community chef, natural foods chef, and founder of Malata Cuisine, demonstrated how one can save money by preparing a meal at home and using the leftovers to prepare two additional delicious, healthy recipes.

Participants received tools to help them to "create a grocery game plan" including materials which offered tips for smarter shopping and healthy eating on a budget. Chef Sia also provided 3 recipes for participants to take home.

The first demonstration was hugely successful and received positive reviews. One participant said, "My daughter and I enjoyed your healthy eating class tremendously! I feel inspired to change my lifestyle and how I eat. Your class has helped me think about eating better and I feel I know how to now. I am looking forward to change and more of your classes. You are a great chef and teacher. Thank you very much." ~YW~

Two more healthy eating workshops will be held, on May 2 and June 3. In addition to food budgeting, they will address topics such as nutrition information, benefits for those on a limited budget, and information on neighborhood services and programs.

Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, EmblemHealth, Live Healthy Cooking Demonstration
The EmblemHealth Live Healthy Cooking Demonstration

"We want the experience to be energizing and uplifting and encourage people to embrace healthy habits that will last a lifetime," says Dave Mahder, EmblemHealth vice president of marketing. EmblemHealth and BSRC are also offering free fitness classes twice a week to encourage an overall healthier lifestyle within the community.

To register for both the healthy eating workshops and fitness classes, please visit:, or call 866-653-1705.


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