Smart Cooking Teaches Healthy Choices

June 01, 2012 | Chloe Amundson

Smart Cooking for Life, a one-day cooking and health seminar, features plant-based cooking demonstrations, diverse health lectures and booths with a variety of area resources to assist attendees on their journey to a better lifestyle.

The goal of this cooking class is not only to help people suffering from various health problems, but to introduce them to a God who cares about what we eat.

Anita Jepson and Edel Amundson began Smart Cooking for Life in 2010. They founded this ministry with prayer and a philosophy to help people know a better way both physically and spiritually. Jepson and Amundson partner with Nessy Pittau, Washington Conference health ministries director, and many volunteers to share healthy lifestyle choices.

Attendance continues to grow by the year, from 75 people the first year to 170 guests in the third year. Nearly 30 volunteers were involved in the April 15 session.

"It was great," says Karen, one of the participants. "I have suffered from numerous heart attacks. I believe this information will help me. The food was wonderful."

Another attendee, Cascia, shares, "I am Wiccan, and I still felt welcome. I was very impressed. I am interested in coming next year."

"We believe that this is God's ministry," seminar leaders explain, "and we trust that God will bless this endeavor for reaching souls through the health message in the future."