March 03, 2023 – ARH continues to strive to improve health and promote well-being of all people in Central Appalachia in partnership with our communities. Cooking classes, diabetes support groups and free screening events are just some of the steps ARH is taking to fulfill its mission.
On February 23, Tug Valley ARH Regional Medical Center partnered with Pike County’s UK Extension Office for a Heart Health Cooking Demonstration Class. Six participants watched as Valerie Robinette, Senior EFNEP Assistant for the Pike County Extension Office, prepared a delicious Quick Tuscan Soup and Seasonal Fruit Crisp.
Paintsville ARH Hospital partnered with the UK Extension Office to offer a Heart Health Cooking Demonstration in Johnson County on February 28. Brenda Cockerham, Johnson County’s Family and Consumer Science Extension Agent, taught 25 attendees how to cook a delicious chicken stir fry and blueberry muffin dessert.
At both events, each participant received a gift basket with information on healthy nutrition, recipes for the meals demonstrated, kitchen prep items, and a $20 Food City Gift Card to purchase the items needed to prepare the meal demonstrated.
“We hope to have more cooking classes like this in the future. It’s a fun way to learn to make delicious meals that are heart healthy so we can better care for ourselves and those we love,” comments Layken Chapman, ARH Regional Community Development Manager.
Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH), is a not-for-profit health system operating 14 hospitals in Barbourville, Hazard, Harlan, Hyden, Martin, McDowell, Middlesboro, Paintsville, Prestonsburg, West Liberty, Whitesburg, and South Williamson in Kentucky and Beckley and Hinton in West Virginia, as well as multi-specialty physician practices, home health agencies, home medical equipment stores and retail pharmacies. ARH employs more than 6,500 people with an annual payroll and benefits of $330 million generated into our local economies. ARH also has a network of more than 600 active and courtesy medical staff members. ARH is the largest provider of care and the single largest employer in southeastern Kentucky and the third-largest private employer in southern West Virginia.