VA Gourmet – Teaching Vets How to Cook Healthy

Veterans Larry Nicholson (foreground) and Ron DuRand learn some valuable chopping techniques from VA Gourmet instructors and dietitians Donna Ogden (chopping cucumbers) and Allison Wanner.

By Tom Cramer

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

You are what you eat. That’s the philosophy at the Fargo VA Medical Center in North Dakota, which is why they have a staff of dietitians dedicated to teaching Veterans how to eat stuff that’s good for them.

“Sometimes people can be intimated by healthy cooking, especially people who haven’t been in the kitchen very much,” said Allison Wanner, a clinical dietitian at Fargo. “So we try to make it easy; we try to break it down into simple steps for our Veterans. We want to give them confidence that they can prepare good, nutritious food for themselves. It…

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