MUNSTER | Amateur chefs who cook from the heart can find out more about cooking for their own heart health at this year’s free Community Healthcare System Cardiovascular Research symposium.
Featured speakers Dietitian Terri Sakelaris, Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurse Sarah Colias and Executive Chef Joe Trama will present Heart Smart Cooking from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Road.
The Heart Health symposium, sponsored by the Cardiovascular Research program of Community Healthcare System, is free of charge. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is necessary and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis at (219) 836-3477 or (866) 836-3477.
Certified Executive Chef Joseph J. Trama has stamped his unique signature and finishing touch for 25 years on the culinary fare served at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts in Munster.
In 2010, he was named Chef of the Year by the American Culinary Federation Chefs of Northwest Indiana. More recently, he has been a participant in the annual Celebrity Chefs fundraiser for Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana. Trama also serves as adjunct professor of culinary arts at Ivy Tech Community College.
He will provide a cooking demonstration featuring heart smart ingredients and techniques.
A registered dietitian and diabetes educator, Sakelaris has been on staff of Community Hospital and Community Hospital Fitness Pointe for more than 17 years. She teaches diabetes management classes, sessions on weight management, heart healthy eating and renal diet therapy. Sakelaris also facilitates classes at the Cancer Resource Centre in Munster and for Community Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Department.
She will share her knowledge on how eating the right foods can make a person heart healthy and help them live a healthier life. “You may be surprised by the top foods that make your heart happy,” Sakelaris said.
On staff in the Cardiac Rehabilitation Department of Community Hospital for 23 years, Colias will discuss how diet and exercise play a role in prevention as well as management of heart disease.
As a member of the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association, she has addressed numerous groups about risk and prevention. She also has served for the 15 years as hospital liaison to the Munster chapter of Mended Hearts, where trained volunteers with their own heart disease story offer support, education, information and advocacy.