CORTLANDT, N.Y. -- U.S. Rep. Nita M. Lowey, D-Westchester/Rockland, ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, toured the Chef Peter X. Kelly Teaching Kitchen on July 21 as part of Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s healthy eating initiative Harvest for Health program.
Children from the Peekskill school district, with the assistance of Kelly and kitchen coordinator Michael Bulger, prepared breakfast for Lowey. “Keeping our communities safe and healthy, especially for our children, is a top priority,” said Lowey. “I’m happy that chef Peter X. Kelly is part of Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s initiative to encourage healthy diets that help children break bad nutritional habits early on.”
Through the hospital center’s teaching kitchen, organic garden, farmers markets and new locally sourced food service, the center is teaching the community and patients how to manage better health through diet.
The program intends to reduce health care costs by focusing on prevention.
“With the opening of the Chef Peter X. Kelly Teaching Kitchen, we have the opportunity to teach people of all ages a healthier approach to eating and to help them understand why their diet is so very important to their health,” said Hudson Valley Hospital Center President John Federspiel.
Hudson Valley Hospital Center is the only hospital in Westchester to offer cooking classes in its teaching kitchen.