Thursday, 29 May 2014 04:00

Healthy Cooking Classes at HVHC in June

Cortlandt Manor, NY - (May 29, 2014) – Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s new Peter X. Kelly Teaching Kitchen offers healthy cooking classes throughout the year and is offering some special classes in June that will help you manage your health while having fun.

Part of the Hospital’s Harvest for Health program, The Peter X. Kelly Teaching Kitchen offers cooking classes to people of all ages for a nominal fee of $15 per class. Here’s what’s on tap for June:

Tuesday, June 3rd. 5-6:30 PM.

Vegan Cooking. Cooking without animal products might sound like a huge challenge, but it is surprisingly easy. This class will teach you new approaches to cooking and flavor that will allow you to prepare meals with zero cholesterol and zero animal products. Eating a vegan meal is a great way to balance your diet in today’s meat-centric food environment. ($15).

Saturday, June 14th. 3-4:30 PM.

Grilling With Dad. Father’s Day comes every June, and even more timeless is the practice of cooking over smoldering heat. Dad’s across the country are known for their affinity for grilling in the summer months. Bring Dad along or come alone to brush up on your grilling chops. This class will give you grilling tips and recipes, both traditional and new, that you can share with friends and family. ($15).

Tuesday, June 17th. 5-6:30 PM.

Desserts Sans Guilt. If you’re diagnosed with diabetes, heart disease, or you are working to manage your weight, dessert can be a dangerous endeavor. Luckily, the sweeter things in life don’t have to be abandoned when in the context of a balanced diet. This class will feature recipes that make indulging easier by reducing unnecessary sugars, fat, and calories. ($15).

Thursday, June 19th. 2-3:30 PM.

Cooking with the Mediterranean Diet The Mediterranean Diet is perhaps the most well-studied and accepted diet for promoting heart health. What’s more, it’s downright delicious. Featuring healthy fats, delectable vegetables, and lean proteins, this is a diet anyone can enjoy. In this class, you’ll learn the principles of the Mediterranean Diet and how to cook an easy meal that will lower your risk of heart disease. This class will be lots of fun, and who can argue with a diet plan that includes an optional glass of red wine? ($15).

Sunday, June 22nd. 3-4:30 PM.

Could It Be Gluten-Free? Integral in traditional bread baking, the gluten protein is also found throughout much of the food supply. In the past decade, more and more people have been diagnosed with conditions that make gluten a substance to avoid. At the same time, chefs and bakers have stepped up their games to meet the demand for gluten-free products. In this class, you’ll learn new recipes to make great foods without any gluten. ($15).

Wednesday, June 25th. 5-6:30 PM.

Healthy, Happy 4th of July Class! The 4th of July is a time when many of us get together with friends and family to share delicious food. Whether it is BBQ, coleslaw, potato salad, or apple pie, traditional dishes are always a hit on Independence Day. Just in time for your celebrations, this class will explore healthy spins on some of your summer favorites. Make your food the talk of the party this year by attending this fun and informative class! ($15).

For more information on cooking classes, call 914-734-3780 or register on line at

Hudson Valley Hospital Center is dedicated to serving the health care needs of the community and to providing quality, comprehensive medical care in a compassionate, professional, respectful manner, without regard to race, religion, national origin or disease category. Offering state-of-the-art diagnostic treatment, education and preventive services, the Hospital is committed to improving the quality of life in the community. In fulfilling this mission, the Hospital will strive to continuously improve the care provided and develop and offer programs, facilities, systems and alliances that most effectively respond to community health care needs. Hudson Valley Hospital Center is located on Route 202 (1980 Crompond Road) in Cortlandt Manor, New York. Call 914-737-9000 or visit




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Cortlandt Manor, NY – (February 11, 2014) – The Hope for Youth Foundation has donated $10,000 to Hudson Valley Hospital Center to support a new program that uses cooking to teach youngsters about healthy eating in the battle against childhood obesity.
The Young Chefs of the Hudson Valley offers weekly cooking classes to at-risk children ages 11-13 in area school districts. Parents can also sign their children up for small group classes. The program, run by trained chefs and dietitians on staff at HVHC, aims to improve the health of children and reduce the risks of obesity. It is one of several community classes for all ages being taught in the Hospital’s new Chef Peter X. Kelly Teaching Kitchen.
“We are grateful to Jim Witt and the Hope for Youth Foundation who have for many years generously supported programs at our Hospital that are aimed at improving the lives of young people,’’ said Hudson Valley Hospital President John C. Federspiel. “Teaching the value of healthy eating can never start early enough if we are to stem the tide of chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease.”
The Hope for Youth Foundation/Peekskill Rotary Club (HFY) donates money to area children's charities. HFY assists children who are mentally and/or physically challenged, or who are ill or disadvantaged and supports youth programs which facilitate healthy growth whether it is academic, emotional or athletic. The Foundation’s principle source of revenue is the annual sale of weatherman Jim Witt’s Long Range Weather Calendar, which is known for its dramatic Hudson Valley photographs and its daily and long range weather forecasts.
The kitchen is part of the Hospital’s Harvest for Health program, a multi-faceted program featuring an organic garden, Farmers’ Market and Hospital food service that uses locally grown produce. The kitchen is named in honor of “Iron Chef” winner, Chef Peter X. Kelly, who has been integral in its development.
For more information about Harvest for Health and to sign up for classes in the Chef Peter X. Kelly Teaching Kitchen, visit or call 914-734-3780.

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