Cook with a Doc program begins Jan. 12

Dr. Hector Ceccoli

CALVIN MAYNARD, calvinmaynardtmt@gmail.com

For more than two years, East Texans have been able to Walk With a Doc, walking through Rose Rudman Park in Tyler each Thursday evening, asking Tyler-area medical professionals questions about all kinds of health issues thanks to the Smith County Medical Society (SCMS).

As the months get colder though, locals will now have a chance to learn about heart-healthy eating habits from Tyler cardiologist Dr. Hector Ceccoli in SCMS’ new Cook With a Doc sessions.

“I like to cook healthy meals for my family, and I get questions from patients on how to eat,” he says. “My goal is to educate the public about making better choices about what we eat.”

He says his lesson will be two-fold: what foods to buy and which to avoid, and how to make “a simple, healthy and tasty meal.” However, he says that doesn’t necessarily mean more spending money or time - it just means making a few different choices.

“I’m going to keep it simple; otherwise, people won’t do it,” Dr. Ceccoli says, adding that he doesn’t want to simply give a lecture, and encourages questions. “It’s going to be fun, interesting, and we’re going to have a good time.”

The SCMS will partner with Natural Grocers for the event, using their cooking demo room and ingredients to be found there.

“It’s about the doctors interacting with the community and helping them” says Dr. Li-Yu Mitchell, president-elect of the SCMS. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to get into the community from different perspectives.”

She hopes to gauge interest, then possibly add sessions with different focuses, such as ethnic cooking, diabetic-oriented meals, and other special programs, “all with a health bent to it.”

Dr. Ceccoli will lead the first session on Thursday, Jan, 12 at 6 p.m. at Natural Grocers, located at 4820 S. Broadway Ave. in Tyler. For more information, or to receive notifications of other community events from the SCMS, email smithcms@smithcomed.org or call 903-593-7058.

 
 

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