Get Cooking with Cooking Classes and Recipes Led by Experts

We spoke with community nutrition program manager Anita Bancroft, RD, CC, to learn more about the cooking classes and recipes brought to you by CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center.

From personalized weight loss plans to monthly healthy cooking inspiration, CU Medicine and the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center have teamed up to bring affordable and nutritious global cuisine recipes to people everywhere.

The cooking classes offered at CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center are all centered around budget-friendly global cuisines. “Opting for budget-friendly vegetarian world cuisine for [most] of the cooking classes makes it accessible to a wider audience,” shares Anita Bancroft, RD, CC, who is the program manager for community nutrition at the center.

CU Medicine and CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center

Nestled on the Anschutz campus, our state-of-the-art CU Medicine Weight Management and Wellness clinic tailors comprehensive treatment plans to meet patients’ unique nutrition, fitness and lifestyle needs.

The CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center is an innovative facility that takes an integrative approach to health, bringing together world-class doctors, fitness trainers, dieticians and wellness coaches all under one roof. They provide comprehensive medical care as well as customized weight-loss programs to help individuals adopt and sustain healthy lifestyles.

Recipe of the month

In an effort to promote health within our local community, CU Medicine has partnered with the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center to feature a monthly healthy recipe on the CU Medicine blog. This "Recipe of the Month" provides readers with creative, nutritious recipe ideas that align with sound nutrition principles.

Whether attempting to lose weight, manage a chronic condition like diabetes or heart disease, or simply make healthier eating choices, the CU Medicine community can try out these vetted recipes in their own homes. The recipes demonstrate that healthy food can also be delicious and enjoyable.

Inclusive cooking classes

For those looking to learn new cooking techniques or starting from scratch, the community nutrition team at CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center has classes for everyone.

“It’s really about the connections, networking and sense of community that blossoms in a kitchen, says Bancroft. “We have a lot of people who leave our cooking classes say they met a new friend or that they met someone who they would have never met because they are in a different program or school across campus.”

CU Eat Well – This program is a virtual or in-person cooking class exclusively for CU Anschutz students. In addition to acquiring basic cooking skills, students will learn how to make budget-friendly and delicious vegetarian recipes. Students in the virtual class can pick up ingredients on designated days or the day of the event. To register email AHWC.Community@cuanschutz.edu for a student registration code and learn more.

LAB Collaborative – Learning and Building (LAB) Collaborative is designed for CU Anschutz postdocs, professional research assistants, international scholars and PhD students. The classes are both offered online and in-person quarterly, where participants can learn vegetarian nutrition tips from experts. To register email AHWC.Community@cuanschutz.edu for our student registration code and learn more.

Fresh Take – The Fresh Take cooking demonstrations are open to the public and only available virtually. These classes are led by CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center’s culinary educators and registered dietitians and feature healthy seasonal recipes that blend the culinary arts and the science of nutrition. Virtual cooking demonstrations are held on select Thursdays. CU Medicine readers can receive $2 off Fresh Take virtual cooking demonstrations by using the code CU_MED at registration. Register for current virtual demos here.

Get Cooking 

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This post was originally posted on 2/23/2024