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InstaHealthy: Cooking with Your InstaPot


with Leslie Ouellette MS, RD, LD, MPH

Calendar Next session starts Jan 22, 2019 at 5 pm
1 additional session on Feb 19, 2019

Please note: The date of the January class is listed incorrectly in our catalog. The correct date is January 22nd.

Join Leslie Ouellette and Tina Pettingill, MPH, to experience what the Instapot rage is all about and witness how it can revolutionize and simplify your cooking. The InstaPot is perfect for busy cooks who want to be able put healthy, hot, complete, and flavorful meals on the table in minutes. We will show you how at this class. Leslie and Tina will share some of their favorite recipes and demonstrate several of them onsite. WARNING: If you don’t have an InstaPot before this class, you’re probably going to want to buy one!

Local Author Series: Vanessa Seder's Secret Sauces


with Vanessa Seder

Calendar Next session starts Feb 13, 2019 at 5 pm

A great sauce can turn a boring dish into an amazing one but we often think of sauces as either too complicated or too unhealthy. That’s not the case with Secret Sauces.

Local author Vanessa Seder will share some of her simple, healthy and delicious recipes with us. She will show us how to make a “mother” sauce that can then be used in a variety of other sauces. Vanessa is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education in New York, an instructor at Stonewall Kitchen and has created recipes for magazines like Ladies Home Journal, Real Simple, Health, and Cooking Light so her dishes are sure to be tasty!

After the class, there will be a book signing for those interested in staying. Books will be available for purchase at registration.


Photo courtesy of Stacey Cramp

Makeover Meals: St. Patrick's Day


with Lynn Connolly

Calendar Next session starts Mar 12, 2019 at 5:30 pm

Traditional St. Patrick’s Day food is delicious but often not very healthy. Why not have both?

Join Lynn Connolly, LRC Program Coordinator and Kayla Sargent, MPH, LRC Associate Program Manager, to see how you can makeover some St. Patrick’s Day favorites that will taste great and be better for you. No luck needed!

Planting the Seeds of Better Health: Planning Your Vegetable Garden


with Donna Green and Melanie Feinberg, MMC Cancer Institute Staff

Calendar Next session starts Mar 4, 2019 at 5 pm

Before you can reap the physical and mental health benefits associated with gardening, you need to prepare for planting. March is the perfect time to begin the planning process for your summer garden in Maine. Whether you have a large garden plot or some containers on your front steps, starting your own seedlings can be fun and save you money.

Join Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute staff members, and resident green thumbs, Donna Green and Melanie Feinberg, as they share their own experiences with which seedlings to plant, how to plant them, tips to help them thrive and when to put them in the ground. Participants will leave with confidence about planning and planting their own garden as well as some supplies (think seedlings!) to get them started.

Smoothies: Nutritious or Suspicious?


with Kayla Sargent, MPH

Calendar Next session starts Mar 28, 2019 at 5:30 pm

Are you a smoothie-phobe? Or a smoothie-pro? Smoothies are convenient, tasty and packed with fruit and vegetable goodness. What’s not to like? But, like many popular health trends, there are some things to watch out for.

Join Kayla Sargent, MPH, Ellie Foster, MPH, and Tina Pettingill, MPH, to discover some simple rules to consider before you rev up that blender. Let’s make sure you’re really getting the health benefits smoothies offer without falling into a high calorie trap. We will be sampling a few of our staff favorites and go-to healthy smoothie blends– yum!

The Secrets of Inflammation


with Theresa Freeman, PT, LMT, CHC

Calendar Next session starts Feb 19, 2019 at 5:30 pm

Join us to learn about the hot topic of inflammation and how it can affect our health and wellness. It impacts everything; how we eat, sleep, and even poop! What is it? How do we know if we have it? What can we do to help manage it?

Let Theresa help answer some of these questions. We will touch on the basics of inflammation in regards to sugar, glycemic index, digestion and sleep. You will learn some simple, user friendly information on how your diet and sleep can affect your health.

Our instructor will share some information around inflammation from her personal and professional experience. She will talk about how to make subtle adjustments to improve health and weight management.

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