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San Joaquin Community Hospital Presents Better Cooking for Better Living

Health Alert On September 9, The Wellness Center at San Joaquin Community Hospital, in conjunction with Kaiser Permanente, KERO ABC 23 and Lifescan presents “Better Cooking for Better Living.”

Known in previous years as the “Day of Hope,” the event catered specifically to those suffering from diabetes. With a new name and fresh agenda, Better Cooking for Better Living, which will be held at the Bakersfield Doubltree Hotel, has something for anyone interested in learning how to live and cook healthier. The highlight of the event is a cooking demonstration with world-renowned Chef Chris Smith that begins at 6 p.m. During his demonstration, Chef Smith will teach attendees how to make a healthy dish that the whole family will enjoy. Furthermore, the audience will each be treated to a full-course dinner featuring the recipe the chef is showcasing.

For Chef Smith, teaching people how to live healthier by improving their diet is a personal passion, one that was born out of being diagnosed with diabetes while in culinary school. Now, “The Diabetic Chef” uses his influence to teach people that they can eat healthy and still enjoy great tasting food.

“For so many people, being told to go on a restrictive diet is like being told they can never again eat food they enjoy or eat a regular meal with their family,” Chef Smith said. “In my workshops and cooking classes, I educate people on how to cook healthy meals full of flavor. I am personally committed to sharing my professional experience as a chef and my personal experience as a son, brother, husband and father with people who have a need or desire to eat healthy.”

While Chef Smith takes center stage at 6 p.m., there’s plenty of excitement preceding the cooking demonstration. Beginning at 3:30, there will be health screenings, information and lifestyle tips available from the various vendors in attendance. At 5:30 p.m., Dr. Joan Ying from Kaiser Permanente will share a presentation.

“We wanted to create an event that would have something for everyone,” said Kira Wiggins, director of The Wellness Center at SJCH. “I think we’ve been able to put together a program that will help inform and inspire our community to live healthier lives.”

Tickets for the event are just $35, but spots are filling up fast. For more information or to reserve your ticket, call (661) 869-6580.