An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away: Unless he invites you to share an apple over lunch.
BFC volunteer Dr. Jason Woo hosted a women’s health lunch hour last week at our Northwest Center. As our clients sampled ratatouille, summer salad, and quinoa corn salad made with fresh ingredients from our gleaning program, Dr. Woo answered clients’ questions on everything from calming hot flashes to the benefits of hormone replacement therapy for menopause relief.
Dr. Woo even addressed the nutritional supplement debate: “Everyone is different,” he explained, “and this means that everyone requires a different regimen. Talk to your doctor about how to figure out what works best for you. Remember, don’t overdo it and take only one multivitamin a day.”
He added a word of caution: “Not everyone needs [a supplement] though, especially if you eat many fruits and vegetables and have a healthy diet.” This provided a perfect segue into a discussion of how to prepare heart-healthy vegetarian dishes and how the women can incorporate more vegetables into their cooking. Thanks to Dr. Woo, we may just have some new recruits for our garden workshop program!
As the hour came to a close and Dr. Woo finished his remarks, the women had only one question left: “When is the next one?” Due to the great turnout this time and the budding interest, we can only hope that the next women’s health lunch will be very soon.
A big thank you to Dr. Woo and the Health Resource Room volunteers for making this event possible! For the recipes from this event, please contact Ran Xiao, and if you want to get a head start on your own stress relief, join us for free exercise classes hosted by the Health Resource Room on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 12-1 pm in the medical clinic waiting room.