Rx Nutrition “Let Food Be Thy Medicine”


Planning for the big day. L to r: Chef Douglas Callegario, Edith Pelcastre, ECC Chef instructor Jennifer Loiacono, Chef Ryan Waesche, nutritionist, author, speaker Carol D’Anca, David Im in the demo kitchen of Elgin Community College Culinary School.

More than 6 months in the planning, this was CHEF’s big public debut. We were able to snag some big names to present this half-day event at Elgin Community College. Bright and early starting at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 16, 2019, nearly 100 people attended. They came from as far away as Chicago and Rockford. Medical doctors, nurses, nutritionists, chefs, teachers, students, home cooks, and the curious attended. The focus of this event was to talk about improving health through better eating, backed by science. Each presenter is an expert in their field.

“Heart Disease and Nutrition: Prevention is the New Intervention”

An enthusiastic view of how heart disease can be prevented by changing our diet away from our SAD (Standard American Diet) composed of mostly processed foods.  By eating whole foods—fruits, vegetable and beans, legumes and seeds and nuts—and have fun doing it.

 Dr. Steven Lome, DO, is a cardiologist at Rush-Copley in Aurora, IL focusing on preventing and reversing heart disease with plant-based nutrition.  He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Cardiac CT, Nuclear Cardiology, Echocardiography, Vascular Medicine, and is a registered vascular technologist (R.V.T.) and a registered physician in vascular interpretation (R.P.V.I.) and founder of the Plant Based Nutritian Movement. 

“True Health Begins in the Kitchen!”

Seeing is believing. Watch how easy it is to prepare delicious nutrient packed foods – even on a low-cost budget! Greens, beans, whole grains, fruits and vegetables are the focus of this demo presentation.

Carol A. D'Anca, MS, LDN, CNS, is a Board-Certified Nutrition Practitioner, Speaker and Best-Selling Author.  Professional associations include: American Nutrition Association, the Institute for Functional Medicine, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, American College of Nutrition, Union of Concerned Scientists and the Certification Board for Nutrition Specialists.

“The Power of Whole Plant Foods: not just to prevent, but often reverse, a wide range of our most debilitating diseases!”

Ashwani Garg, MD, certified by the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine (ABLM), among the first medical professionals globally to be certified as Diplomates of the ABLM/American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) and the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine. Dr. Garg is also an Honorary Director and Senior Advisor to CHEF.