Healthy Food & Healthy Choices


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By Wade Faast, Reporter

CNM has partnered with Presbyterian Healthcare Services and Adelante Wellness Referral Center to offer healthy cooking and food choice classes.

Vanessa LaGrange, the program coordinator with the School of Business and Information Technology, said that throughout the summer CNM is hosting the classes which are available to staff and students free of charge.

The next class, Quick and Healthy Weeknight Meals, is scheduled for July 9, she said.

It is near full capacity but spots are still available, she said.

Chef Julian Griego is the instructor for the hands on cooking portion of the class.

One of the best ways to eat healthier is to cook your own food, he said.

The June 11 cooking class covered making healthy pasta from start to finish including making dough, using a pasta machine and cooking it properly.

Lysa Martinez, an instructional tech with HWPS, attended with her daughter Jordan Martinez.

“We are always looking for mother daughter activties and this looked like fun,” she said.

After cooking and eating the pasta, students moved upstairs for the second portion of the class, a healthy food choices class taught by Sharon Himmelstein, who works for MSE the School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering.

Presbyterian Healthcare Services pays for the classes, LaGrange said, making them free to anyone that wants to attend.

The next class is scheduled for July 9 and will cover healthy weeknight meals, followed by a class on August 13 covering low sodium heart healthy soups, she said.

Anyone that has other questions or is interested in attending classes can reach Vanessa LaGrange at


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