Nutritional Health

Picture of Pediatric Residents at a SBH Teaching Kitchen Class

The SBH Teaching Kitchen

Picture of SBH Pediatric Residents looking at dishes they made at the SBH Teaching Kitchen

In a community besieged by obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease, the goal of our team of nutritionists and chefs in the Teaching Kitchen is to demonstrate the clear link between food and health by teaching people how to cook in a healthy and tasty way. After all, you are what you eat.

The Teaching Kitchen is also available to our residents, who take classes there to learn how to cook healthy for themselves and for their patients.

The Teaching Kitchen provides cooking classes for community residents as well as medical students and healthcare professionals. Beginners classes cover the basics, including how to hold a knife, cut an onion, read a recipe, and roast just about anything. All classes cost just $5.

Intermediate classes build on the culinary nutrition principles learned during the beginner classes and focus on more advanced cooking techniques and recipes. Students learn how to eat healthy and well by following recipes that use oil instead of lard, substituting brown for white rice, baking goods with whole grains, and relying on homemade seasoning blends to build flavor without going overboard on salt.

Those who want, for example, to continue eating the Latin-style foods they grew up with in a healthier fashion, for example, might be taught how to create homemade salt-free Adobo or Sazon seasoning blends rather than use store-bought varieties that tend to be very high in salt. A tostones recipe might be baked rather than fried, and a locrio de pollo dish would likely find an increased amount of vegetables (e.g. onions, pepper garlic), with tomato sauce and olives added for flavor, with lower sodium content.

Research, after all, has shown that food can fight disease, reduce medical costs and heal broken communities. Students learn that healthy food can also taste good. Armed with the right knowledge, residents and students learn to treat chronic conditions like hypertension and diabetes in their families and their community more effectively with a recipe and a cooking pan than with a prescription.

Take a look at a typical cooking class for residents

A look at our classes and schedule

Farm Stand

All residents can take advantage of the weekly farm stand that provides fresh produce every week during the spring and fall at the SBH Health and Wellness Center.

What is Farm Share?

A Farm Share is a type of community supported agriculture. As a Farm Share member, you are supporting the Project EATS farmers for the full growing season. In return for your weekly contribution, they will provide you with a bountiful share of the harvest.

How much does it cost?

Full Shares:
$20 weekly
(a $27-$35 weekly value!)

Discounted* Shares:
$12 Weekly
*applies to EBT/SNAP recipients or others who may qualify

What do I get?

A Typical Summer Share Includes:

  • 2-3 pounds: tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants, peppers, melons
  • 2-3 greens: summer salads, kale, swiss chard, collard greens, bok choy, and more
  • 2-3 bunches: carrots, beets, turnips, radishes
  • 1-2 bunches: herbs and flowers

Fall Shares may also include: onions, garlic, winter squash, and more!

Act fast! There are only 25 Farm Shares available. They are an amazing deal and won’t last long!