According to the American Dietetic Association, "appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatement of certain diseases." This class, developed by physicians and dietitians for preparing evidence-based healthy food, helps participants move toward a healthful diet while maintaining a healthy weight. For some, it may be the first time that the idea of not restricting the amounts of foods but rather choosing the right types of foods has been the guiding principle for losing weight and staying healthy. Additional benefits are lower cholesterol, better diabetes control, and lower blood pressure, as well as improvements in energy and mood. Each class includes a short DVD nutrition lecture, discussion, demonstration of several recipes, and food sampling. Please note: There is a $25 food fee ($5/class) per person. There is also a $5 fee for handouts.