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‘ART of Healthy Cooking’ book on sale

by Laura Patrick, Janet Carter and Annie Lovering Steele
ART of Healthy Cooking, a healthy cookbook reflecting Charleston cuisine, is available for purchase at MUSC. 
There are 498 recipes from some of MUSC’s and Charleston’s best cooks offering classics, fast family meals, vegetarian entrees, special allergy considerations and more. Adding to your understanding of nutrition, you can enjoy meals that advance the state of nutritional “art” with the most current dietary information given by Janet Carter, registered dietitian. Eight MUSC dietetic interns contributed to the nutritional analysis of the recipes, optimizing each for heart health. The intern team was one of the most important components in the success of this cookbook.
ART of Healthy Cooking was a team effort during the past two years among Medical University Women’s Club (MUWC), Heart Health and Health 1st. The idea of combining healthy recipes complemented by the artwork from Ashley River Tower was inspired by an Ashley River Tower Hospital brochure and lead to the title as a link to ART. While the title is a tribute to Ashley River Tower Hospital, the recipes were collected from a wide range of MUSC family members including employees, students, MUWC and the Contemporary Carolina Collection @ ART artists.
MUSC President Ray Greenberg, M.D., Ph.D., and wife, Leah, offered their support by writing the introduction to the cookbook (as well as by donating many recipes). This project is more than a cookbook promoting healthy nutrition; it is an art book that celebrates South Carolina cooks, artists, and MUSC.

Proceeds from book sales

  • MUWC (—MUWC was founded in 1966 with a mission to promote good will, interest in, and support of MUSC, and to provide activities that promote fellowship and bring the members into a closer relationship. The organization supports MUSC through volunteerism and by awarding scholarships to carefully selected students from the six colleges. Each summer, the MUWC scholarship program invites students from all six MUSC colleges who have financial need to apply for its annual scholarships. Awards are generated through proceeds of the club’s dues and various fundraisers. The money received by MUWC from the sale of ART of Healthy Cooking will go to fund these MUSC student scholarships.
  • Heart Health (—Heart Health is the pediatric weight management program of the MUSC Children’s Hospital and the preventive cardiology service of the Children’s Heart Center. A family-centered and lifestyle-oriented program, Heart Health is appropriate for pediatric patients ages two and older who have chronic abnormal weight gain, often in the setting of associated cardiovascular risk factors such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or pre-diabetes. Heart Health is an opportunity for children and adolescents to receive comprehensive, family-focused, individualized weight management and health counseling by a registered dietitian under close medical supervision. Heart Health teaches families how to improve diet and lifestyle in order to manage weight and improve cardiovascular risk factors through a series of one-on-one counseling sessions, group education sessions, fitness sessions, and other activities. Proceeds from the sale of the cookbook will go toward the cost of educational tools and material given to children participating in Heart Health.
  • Health 1st (—Health 1st, MUSC’s Employee Wellness Program, was established to promote the health and well-being of the MUSC family. Health 1st encourages and facilitates employee efforts to improve healthy habits by offering a variety of programs and activities, most of which are free. Examples include the MUSC Farmer’s Market, monthly worksite screenings, Smoking Cessation and other healthy lifestyle classes, wellness team competitions, chair massages, group walks, and more. Cookbook proceeds received by Health 1st will go toward the purchase of pedometers for employees.

For information or to reserve a cookbook, e-mail

Friday, Nov. 27, 2009

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