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Inside the Demonstration Kitchen

Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine and the Orthopedic Associates of Lancaster (OAL), Pennsylvania recently opened its doors to a brand new health center in Lebanon County. OAL is one of the most respected medical practices in the area, works with LG Health/Penn Medicine to provide coordinated, orthopedic trauma services and follow up care.. The new two-story, 73,529-square-foot outpatient health center includes an urgent care facility, primary and specialty care practices, as well as physical therapy centers and a fully equipped demonstration kitchen.

LG Health/Penn Medicine and Vistacom worked together to design and integrate the teaching and demonstration kitchen for the preparation and cooking of food for a live audience. The space is utilized as part of the hospital’s Be Well Events and Seminars. With more than a million people being diagnosed with cancer and 26 million people diagnosed with diabetes in the United States each year, the Be Well program off ers information about how certain foods and nutrients work to promote health and fight disease. LG Health/Penn Medicine has hosted monthly seminars for over a year in the Lebanon area as a way to introduce Lancaster General Health to the Lebanon community and to become a partner in their health. The seminars focused on healthy lifestyles, disease prevention, nutrition and more. Up until the opening date in November of 2015, these monthly seminars were hosted at various venues within Lebanon County. As of last month, the seminars are now hosted in our new Community Room/Demonstration Kitchen.

“It is our goal to host at least one seminar each month focused on nutrition and utilizing the demo kitchen as a way to showcase healthy cooking techniques and menu planning tips,” stated Kim Shirker, Special Events Specialist for LG Health.

The demonstration station has a camera above the cooking area, as well as sound reinforcement and a lavalier microphone for teaching and training purposes. A 24” confidence monitor is provided for the presenter, and three 65” NEC monitors and a Blu-ray player allow for the live demonstrations or recorded material to be streamed to the audience.

“The feedback from the attendees at the 2016 Be Well Events and Seminars Kickoff shows an enthusiastic reception to both the concept and the kitchen.,” said Shirker. “The first event featured a Lancaster General Health executive chef paired with a registered dietitian and was very popular, as evidenced by the amount of attendees. The next demo has already filled and we expect the popularity will grow as more members of the community hear about our educational approach to healthy lifestyles. These demos are part of LG Health/Penn Medicine’s ongoing commitment to improve the health of the communities we serve.”