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>> Watch May 11 cooking demonstration on
WOAI's "San Antonio Living"

(Photos by Mark McClendon)

Students teach other students healthy eating

By Omar Hernandez
Public Affairs Specialist

(May 4, 2009)--UTSA junior education major Kristen Bird and junior kinesiology major Steven Venegas are full-time students, but one night a week in the UTSA demonstration kitchen they teach their classmates how to live right by eating right. There is plenty of Q&A time, and more importantly to students... the classes are free.

In the Recreation and Wellness Center on the Main Campus, the UTSA demo kitchen is one of only two in the nation on a college campus and is fully equipped with oven, refrigerator, sink and assorted cookware. Bird and Venegas take turns guiding as many as 20 students through recipes that are both healthy and affordable.

The Recreation and Wellness Center contracts registered dietitian Annie Bell to provide nutrition information during the classes, but instruction is led completely by Bird and Venegas. They recently gave a cooking demonstration for WOAI TV's "San Antonio Living" show, which will air at 10 a.m., Monday, May 11.

"I'm a total theater dork," said Bird. "It was so fun -- I had no problem being on TV."

They decided she would lead the instruction part and Venegas would do the cooking. Also a chef at the Vineyards restaurant, Venegas kept the focus on the demonstration.

"I was just trying to focus on how this would benefit UTSA, so I didn't really think about me during the taping," he said.

Bird added, "It was just an awesome experience for the Recreation Center, because when most people think of a gym they think exercise and muscles. But this is a way to be healthy overall and it shows different aspects of UTSA."

For more information on upcoming demo kitchen classes, visit the UTSA Campus Recreation Web site or call (210) 458-7575.

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