TT he Seventh-day Adventist Church in North Mexico, together with Montemorelos University, has recently launched a healthy cooking program on social media that has drawn attention from many countries around the world.
Named Healthy Kitchen,” the program include recipes based on the church’s banner initiative “I Want to Live Healthy” foods which include ingredients that are of vegetable origin.
“Our main objective with programs like this is to motivate people to live with physical, mental, social, and spiritual health,” said Dr. Roel Cea, health ministries director for the church in North Mexico and director of Montemorelos University’s Health Promoter University program. The cooking program is part of a comprehensive evangelism plan. It is intended for church members to share with friends and neighbors in order to motivate them to pursue a healthy lifestyle, he said.
The cooking series comprises 15 episodes, each 14 minutes long. In every episode a recipe is introduced which uses ingredients easily found in Mexico and in most of the Americas, and presented with a connection to spiritual health, organizers said. The online program began on Oct. 5 through the church’s Facebook and YouTube channels, and the “I Want to Live Healthy” webpage found at quierovivirsano.org
After the first three episodes were aired the “I Want to Live Healthy” YouTube Channel had nearly 10,000 views, organizers said.
Many online viewers from around the world expressed their gratitude for the cooking program.
“Greetings from Costa Rica. I am so happy to follow your recipes,” commented Wendy Picado. “I have really liked them. I am a Seventh-day Adventist but I don’t know much about healthy cooking so I’m now learning.”
Marcela Viera of Barcelona, Spain, commented: “The program will be of great benefit to the entire family… I’m so very happy.”
For Blanca Estela C., the recipes were nutritious, affordable, and easy to prepare.
Juliaemy Heilbron, director of the I Want to Live Healthy Community Center and one of the presenters of the Healthy Kitchen show, said the program has been a wonderful experience not only learning how to prepare the dish but learning about the nutritional content of each ingredient used. “I have learned to appreciate the most common nutrients that are good for us in each recipe and be thankful to God for all these nutrients He has provided for our integral health,” she said.
At the end of the cooking series, church leaders in North Mexico will follow through with a special family life series and a bible study program coined as “Let’s Look in the Bible,” in mid-November.
To view all 15 Healthy Kitchen episodes and to download recipes, visit quierovivirsano.org