June 7 – Hoping to encourage healthy grilling, Crossing Healthcare hosted a hands-on grilling demonstration Tuesday afternoon. The free Cooking with Crossing event called “License to Grill” was held near the facility’s main entrance on East Central Avenue.
With summertime being a perfect time to get out of the kitchen for cookouts, which foods are chosen and how they are prepared are key elements to ensuring nutritious meals.
Hosted by Illinois State University Dietetic Intern Stephanie Ormsby along with Crossing dietitians Allison Raiha and Elizabeth Shuff, the “License to Grill” event demonstrated various grilling techniques, along with offering tips on increasing health and safety. Ormsby prepared recipes for attendees to sample such as fish with fresh salsa and grilled caramelized pineapple.
Along with providing fresh produce for its clients, Raiha said they are giving everyone in the community an opportunity to get some fresh vegetables. Every beginning this Friday, and then every Friday through September 28th from 10 until 1, residents can stop by Crossing and for $5 pick up a market bag full of fresh vegetables from their gardens. Raiha says a portion of the proceeds goes back in to help funding the garden in order for the organization to continue to supply fresh vegetables for their clients and the community.
Along with the garden, Crossing also offers additional resources to maintain nutritional health, with a wide range of classes taught by its dietitians. Among those are a Certified Diabetes Education Program, a CDC-recognized Prediabetes Program and a Learn to Live weight management class.
To find out more about the other healthy eating programs Crossing Healthcare offer, call 217-877-9117 and ask to speak with a dietitian.