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More Healthy Living Cooking Series classes coming up

Two additional offerings of the Plants for Human Health, Healthy Living Cooking Series will occur this fall, following the success of two full classes offered earlier this summer.

Aubrey Mast, Extension associate at N.C. State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis, will again lead the three-week series.

The next class offering will be on Wednesdays, Sept. 23, 30 and Oct. 7 from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Community Kitchen at Cabarrus Health Alliance (CHA), 300 Mooresville Road, Kannapolis.

The final series for the year will be on Nov. 4, 11 and 18, also 9 to 11 a.m., at CHA.

The series is free and open to the public, but space is limited, so registration is required. Reserve a spot by calling 704-250-5400 or emailing phhi_info@ncsu.edu.

Healthy living starts in the kitchen. Choosing the right foods and preparing them in a way that maintains their nutritional value or even enhances their health protective properties can improve an individual’s health.

My goal,” says Mast, “is to help community members find simple ways to incorporate healthful foods in their eating habits, which can have a huge impact on their overall health.”

Mast incorporates research-based information about food crops studied at the Plants for Human Health Institute and the health-related findings of her colleagues. Topics covered include prebiotics and probiotics, gut microflora, inflammation, pH, preservation and fermentation.

Each week will include a cooking demonstration and tastings using whole food ingredients. Participants will take home recipe cards and samples of the prepared dishes to help them integrate these healthy choices into their meal planning and preparation.

The N.C. State University Plants for Human Health Institute is leading the discovery and delivery of innovative plant-based solutions to advance human health. N.C. Cooperative Extension serves as the outreach component of the institute, which is part of the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis. Learn more at www.plantsforhumanhealth.ncsu.edu.

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