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2015 News

Published on January 05, 2015

Start the New Year right with a healthy cooking class

Contact: Monica Sciuto (831) 622-2756

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MONTEREY, Calif. — For most Americans, New Year’s resolutions include at least one health-related goal. Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula is at the ready to help accomplish these goals with a hands-on healthy cooking class. Designed to promote nutrition basics, the class helps attendees create a balanced meal that can be easily duplicated at home. 

Lance Chambers, Community Hospital’s executive chef, has been providing patients, hospital employees, and visitors with healthy meals for over 43 years. “I enjoy sharing my knowledge of how to prepare simple, healthy, and delicious meals to our community,” says Chambers. “The goal is to give people the tools and ideas to create healthy meals, so they can provide themselves and their family members a healthier and happier life.”

A sample menu includes creating Tuscan white bean stew with rosemary and spinach and strawberry salad, accompanied by whole grain artisan bread. Chambers first prepares the meal and then attendees break into groups to prepare it themselves. Classes are held in the evening at the Monterey Peninsula College Family and Consumer Science Kitchen. Single classes and a three-class series are offered and are $20 a class. The first class is January 15. To sign up, visit and click on the weight management/nutrition category or call with questions at 831-649-7220.  

In addition to the Cooking for Life class, Community Hospital is offering over 30 low-cost or free health-related classes, over 15 support groups, and more than 12 free health lectures to the community in 2015. Classes and lectures focus on preventing illness and promoting healthy living and range from chronic disease management to stress management. The first free health lecture is January 15.  Called Get Real, it will be led by a registered dietitian and a fitness expert, who will assist attendees in creating a realistic exercise and nutrition plan for the New Year. It is at Peninsula Wellness Center in Marina.  Space is limited and registration is required.  Learn more about classes and lectures.





Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, established in 1934, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. It is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 220 staffed acute-care hospital beds and 28 skilled-nursing beds, delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between. It serves the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding communities through locations including the main hospital, outpatient facilities, satellite laboratories, a mental health clinic, a short-term skilled nursing facility, Hospice of the Central Coast, Peninsula Wellness Center, and business offices. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula at

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