Zapora pointed to the “gorgeous state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen” where cooking classes emphasizing healthier recipes will be offered free of charge. On Saturday morning, nearly two dozen people gathered around the shiny new kitchen — which was designed with help from PCC Natural Markets Chef Lynn Vea — to watch Swedish Edmonds dietician Megan Ellison prepare a Kale, Avocado and Chickpea Salad.
Starting in February, the nearly 9,000-square-foot wellness center will begin offering a variety of classes at low or no cost, focusing on areas ranging from stress management and relaxation, to a parent information night on teens and marijuana, to a “Couch to 8K” training program. Zapora was proud to report that one of those stopping by the open house was a woman who had participated in a Verdant-sponsored Six Weeks to a Healthier You program and lost 80 pounds. You can see a schedule of classes under the Featured Events heading here.
According to Zapora, the health commission recognized that South Snohomish County has a shortage of meeting space, so the new wellness center has several meeting rooms of various sizes, which will be offered to organizations for health-related programming. See the link here for guidelines.
The center will also house a community resource advocate, Nancy Budd, who will serve as the South Snohomish County contact for the 2-1-1 program, a phone referral service where people can call for health and human service information and referrals.