Food for Life: ‘New Year, New You’ Cooking Course Starts Jan. 12

Food for Life

The Barnard Medical Center, a new medical organization integrating nutrition into complete primary care, celebrates its grand opening on Jan. 4, 2015, by offering a five-class cooking series designed to help Washington residents lose weight, boost metabolism, curb cravings, and reach optimal health with a plant-based vegan diet.

“We’re writing a scientifically proven prescription to help you reach a healthy weight, lower cholesterol, improve blood pressure, stabilize blood sugar, and alleviate chronic pain,” says Angie Eakin, M.D., M.S., a family medicine practitioner at the Barnard Medical Center. “The side effects of adopting a plant-based diet are all positive and range from increased energy to a reduced risk of cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.”

The class details are as follows:

Jan. 12, 6-7:15 p.m. – Introductory Lecture by Barnard Medical Center clinicians

Jan. 19, 6-8 p.m. – Power of Your Plate

Jan. 26, 6-8 p.m. – Let’s Go!

Feb. 2, 6-8 p.m. – Getting in Gear

Feb. 9, 6-8 p.m. – Breaking the Food Seduction

Feb. 16, 6-8 p.m. – Keys for Natural Appetite Control

The secret to making lasting dietary changes, Dr. Eakin notes, is not only to teach people which foods are good for them, but to show them how to make these foods taste delicious. Each class centers on important nutrition topics as local health coach and cooking instructor Kara Blank-Gonzalez, M.Ed., guides students through the preparation of tasty and easy-to-prepare recipes.

For more information about the Food for Life: New Year, New You nutrition and cooking course, visit

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