New and seasoned food lovers can satisfy their culinary curiosities when healthy cooking classes return to Carthage Area Hospital next month.
The two-hour classes are health-focused and taught in a fun, hands-on, small-group setting. Students will learn to prepare delicious lower-calorie meals that emphasize quality, heart-healthy nutrition and affordable ingredients. February is American Heart Month.
Registered Dietician Susie Kim-Ray will teach three weekly classes in February from 4 to 6 p.m. at the hospital’s main campus, 1001 West St., Carthage.
“Cooking should be a fun, satisfying experience, not a stressful daily chore,” Kim-Ray said. “Participants will learn the health benefits of quality ingredients while preparing tasty meals they will take home and eat.”
On Thursday, Feb. 8, a free children’s cooking class is slated for youths age 12 and older. Students will learn how to make a healthy meatball recipe to take home. Parents must sign a waiver, granting children permission to participate.
On Thursday, Feb. 22, the hospital will host an adult cooking class. Participants will prepare a chicken teriyaki dinner recipe to take home. A second adult cooking class is set for Tuesday, Feb. 27, when participants will prepare a Vietnamese shrimp spring roll recipe to take home.
Adult cooking classes are $10 and include all materials and food. To register, call 315-519-5589, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit carthagehospital.com/cookingclasses. Participants may pay at class time.
About the Instructor
Susan “Susie” Kim-Ray is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Dietitian/Nutritionist, Board-Certified Nutrition Support Clinician, and a Certified Diabetes Educator who joined the Carthage Area Hospital’s Clinical Nutrition team in January 2017. She graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She earned a Master of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition from Colorado State University.
Susie is a Denver, Colo., native who moved to the North Country in 2016 with her husband, Dr. Damian Ray, a family medicine physician who practices in Watertown. She provides nutritional services in the community and the hospital’s school-based health centers. Outside of work, Susie enjoys gardening, animals, traveling, cooking and baking and has a knack for arts and crafts.
About Carthage Area Hospital’s Nutrition Services
Carthage Hospital’s team of Registered Dietitians guide patients in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. They offer a personalized approach to meet individual nutrition needs and create eating plans that are easy to follow and monitor.
The hospital’s dietitians are food and nutrition experts who provide medical nutrition therapy and nutrition education for a wide range of medical conditions, including: diabetes, weight management, obesity, eating disorders, food allergies and nutritional support, among others.
Registered Dietitians are available to meet patients at the hospital’s main campus, 1001 West St., as well as in outpatient clinics by appointment. Call 315-493-1000, and ask for the Nutrition Department to schedule an appointment.