Those who want to maintain or lose weight often times focus on the negatives and the notion of giving up certain foods.
"Rather than seeing these diets as taking foods away, we can view nutrition as a way to add very tasty and pleasing foods that will help us heal and manage our weight," said Dave Bollman, executive chef at Lutheran.
Bollman will be presenting a free Best of Times seminar "Food is Medicine" for people of all ages. It will be held on May 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the Lutheran Chapel. RSVPs are appreciated by calling Patty Eckwahl at 720-9122 before May 13.
Dave Bollman, executive chef at Lutheran, explains to Diana Pillittieri, social worker at Hultquist Place Assisted Living, the health benefits of plant-based foods on a person’s overall well being. He will be presenting the topic of “Food is Medicine,” May 16, at 6:30 p.m. in the Lutheran Chapel for anyone interested in a positive approach to healthy eating.
Bollman is a chef with Morrison's Hospitality Services.
"Health care providers are our largest group of customers," he said. "We want to do our part to help people heal. A common sense approach to food preparation can make a big difference, and a pleasing diet can supplement the care plan for those with chronic illness, diet restrictions and those wanting to manage their weight."
Morrison has made a commitment to adopt standards for: nutrition labeling, healthy food marketing, wellness meal offerings, elimination of deep fat fryers, increases in healthy beverages and increases in fruits and vegetables offered to their clients.
"In our older adults, weight loss is one of the first signs we see when a person declines," said Diana Pillittieri, social worker with Hultquist Place Assisted Living. "Our residents love variety, and chef Dave is very creative when he plans their menu. We can see a difference in their wellbeing when they have a good appetite."
The Best of Times Seminar Series is sponsored by Edgewood Communities at Lutheran. Edgewood Communities is located on the Lutheran Campus off Falconer Street in Jamestown. For more information about the seminar or Lutheran Housing, call Eckwahl or log onto www.lutheran-jamestown.org/senior-housing.