TV chef at hospital's 'Heart Fest'

Television personality Chef Ryan will be the special guest at Heart Fest 2013 at Presence Saint Francis Hospital, 355 Ridge Ave. in Evanston on Tuesday, Feb. 26.
The morning will include health screenings and an exhibit hall from 7 to 10 a.m. and physician lectures and a cooking demonstration from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Chef Ryan Hutmacher appears regularly on WCIU-TV’s “You and Me This Morning.”
Prior to his presentation, three cardiac physicians who serve on the hospital’s medical staff will share the latest information on heart care including board certified cardiologist Alberto Foschi, MD, who will discuss heart disease; board certified cardiac thoracic surgeon David DeBoer, MD, who will talk about contemporary heart surgery; and board certified cardiac thoracic surgeon Jeffrey Silver, MD, who will cover contemporary approaches to treating abdominal aortic aneurysm.
According to Chef Ryan, good nutrition is all about balance, not perfection. “The word ‘salad’ is almost synonymous with the word ‘healthy,’” Chef Ryan said. “If you’re looking for inspiration in the kitchen, I can provide not only the nutritional facts but also some fresh techniques for making honest dressings that complement wholesome yet hearty salads,” he said.
This is the second year in a row that Chef Ryan will be headlining Heart Fest.
“Chef Ryan takes the intimidation out of cooking healthy meals by showing just how fast and simple it can be,” said Sisay Mersha, manager of cardiology services at Presence Saint Francis Hospital and chair of the Heart Fest planning committee. “We invited Chef Ryan back this year because his cooking demonstrations are inspiring yet practical.”
Chef Ryan will show the audience how to make several salads and healthy homemade dressings.  He and his team will provide small tasting samples to participants along with recipes. Afterward, Presence Saint Francis Hospital will give away travel salad containers while supplies last.
Prior to the program in the auditorium, the hospital is providing free cholesterol and glucose screenings by appointment only from 7 to 10 a.m. Individuals should call 877 737-4636 to register. Fasting is recommended but not necessary for those taking part in the screenings.
There also will be information from heart-related hospital departments and vendors in a 1,000 square foot Exhibit Hall from 7 to 10 a.m., with additional screenings measuring blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), pulse rate and oxygen saturation.  

Feb 26 2013 - 7:00am