If you want healthy, low cost food choices, consider starting your own garden or participating in a community garden. Chef Cassondra Armstrong will teach you how to create a healthy meal using vegetables from your garden during the 3rd Annual Garden2Table event, March 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Methodist Charlton Medical Center. It is located at 3500 W. Wheatland Road, Dallas,Texas, 75237.
She is among those scheduled to speak at the free workshop. Attendees will learn about food safety, community-based gardening, and how to live a healthy lifestyle, according to organizers.
"I'm very excited about partnering with Garden2Table as it's my purpose to help my community with shopping and options to eat healthy," said Armstrong, author of the cookbook "Good Food Good Meat Praise the Lord, Let’s Eat!" and a weight loss handbook "21 Days.... A New You!"
Mandate to educate born from health challenge
Armstrong, who survived an elevated blood pressure of 223/122 in a Mansfield emergency room June 7, 2013, is dedicated to educating the community about healthy eating and cooking.
She participated in former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! anti-childhood obesity program. Furthermore, she was among the chefs at the 2013 event, Dallas Chefs Move to Schools, which showcased healthier food choices to kids. And, she worked with the American Heart Association’s “Power to End Stroke” and “EmPOWERED To Serve” campaigns.
"I think we should get back to the basics of growing our own food. Let's live to be 100, like George Burns did, " Armstrong.said. "We have the power to end strokes and to make the lifestyle changes needed for a better quality of life."
Community gardening produces new lifestyle choices
The Garden2Table workshop, hosted by The Texas AgriLife Extension Program, The Prairie View A&M University/Cooperative Extension Program, and Methodist Health Systems, offers a wealth of information and speakers to help you live healthier. In addition to Chef Cassondra, research scientist, Dr. Aruna Weerasooriya, of Prairie View A&M University College of Agricultural Research Center, will explain the role of plants in healing.
Speakers from the following organizations will also be represented:
• Dallas County Master Gardeners
• Dallas County Extension Agents
• Texas Worm Garden’s Heather Rinaldi
• Roots on Tap’s Nicole Allen
• Paradise Missionary Baptist Church (Community Gardeners)
• Harmony Hollow Apiaries (Bees) and more
"Garden2Table is a significant program that involves teamwork between the Methodist Health System of Dallas, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, and the Prairie View A&M Cooperative Extension Program. The relevance of Garden2Table is undeniable because nothing is more relevant that health and wellness," said Richard Davis, Dallas County Extension Director, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.
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