MARTINSBURG – On Tuesday, WVU Medicine, WVU Medicine MedCHEFS and the WVU Medical Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Health gave a cooking demonstration at Good Samaritan Free Healthcare in the community garden.
The cooking demonstration took place in connection with the women’s clinic, which takes place every third Tuesday of the month from 5 p.m. in the Good Samaritan Free Clinic. Among the recipes demonstrated and tested for taste was a salad made from spinach, berries and parmesan; a fresh tomato salsa; and a zucchini pasta salad with corn and tomatoes.
“That was our first cooking demo. I hope to experience a lot of different things for the first time, ”said Karen Newell, Nurse and General Manager of the Good Samaritan Free Clinic. “We want women to know that we are here. We support and look after the uninsured or underinsured. We thought if we had it related to women’s health on Tuesday night, we could do more advertising so people could come over and take part in the demonstration and take away some of these good healthy eating habits and information from the clinic. “
During the cooking demonstration, Dr. Rosie Cannarella Lorenzetti, Dr. Humerick and Scott Anderson, chefs at the Mountaineer Recovery Center and co-owners of Community Garden Market Shepherdstown, along with medical students from WVU Healthy Cooking Techniques. The cooking demo showed fresh salads with garden ingredients.
“We have a vulnerable population that has various illnesses and diseases. Everything starts with nutrition. I don’t think there can be too much healthy eating. At the event, I enjoyed the recipes and saw what these people do to promote healthy eating. I enjoyed being out here in the garden. I want people to see that we are building fellowship here. We want to support, be good neighbors and do good, ”said Newell. “You have fresh vegetables here. We have a great husband and wife, Randy and Karla Perrell, and they oversee the opening of the garden, take care of it, and coordinate anyone who wants to volunteer or help. “
Newell said she enjoyed partnering with WVU Medicine, WVU Medicine MedCHEFS, and the WVU Medicine Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Health for this event.
“I love working together and will work with anyone who wants to bring something to the clinic that can improve healthy lives for our vulnerable populations. Anything we can do to help is great. If it comes down to building the clinic and helping our clientele and our neighborhood, we definitely will, ”Newell said.
For more information about the Good Samaritan Free Clinic, visit their Facebook page or their website at www.goodsamaritanfreeclinic.org. Good Samaritan Free Healthcare is located at 601 S. Raleigh St. in Martinsburg.