St. Elizabeth Hospital co-sponsored its first healthy cooking demonstration April 16 at LeBlanc’s Frais Marche in Duplessis and gumbo was involved.

The event, part of the hospital’s Community Health Series, was co-sponsored by LeBlanc’s.

Chefs Renate Delarosa and Stormi Breaux demonstrated how to cook a healthy gumbo while St. Elizabeth Physician’s dietitian and certified diabetic educator, Jessica Coffee, explained which ingredients were used and why.

“LeBlanc’s Frais Marche is pleased to be able to work with St. Elizabeth Hospital to provide this series. The series adds another level of programming to our already exciting line-up of offerings,” said Delarosa, Frais Marche catering concierge.

St. Elizabeth Hospital and St. Elizabeth Physicians are providing more emphasis on preventative health care, said Charla Johnson, registered nurse and manager of St. Elizabeth Hospital’s Community Education.

“The more we can educate our community on healthier habits and choices, the more we will be successful in reducing the cost of providing health care and contributing to a healthier and happier community,” she said. Johnson said this first presentation was very successful.

“Participants provided excellent feedback and were especially happy to see the event was held in the Prairieville area,” she said.

Johnson said similar events will be held in the future.

Residents interested in learning more about the Community Health Series can call St. Elizabeth’s Community Education Department at (225) 621-2906.