SPH students treated to a ‘Healthy Halloween’

Posted Date: November 3, 2017


UNT Health Science Center public health students celebrated Halloween 2017 in healthy style.

As part of a community-wide “Public Health in Action Series,” the School of Public Health was treated to a nutritious, tasty cooking demonstration courtesy of the Blue Zones Project Fort Worth.

Vahista Ussery, known locally as “Chef V,” boiled the pot to create a black bean and sweet potato Spooktacular Chili recipe and shared helpful tips on preparing vegetables, including her own techniques for chopping onions, peeling potatoes and slicing bell peppers.

A registered dietitian, Chef V is co-founder of the consulting and education company To Taste: A Culinary Nutrition Experience. To Taste works to help bridge the gap between medical advice, healthy eating and cooking.

“The chili was delicious, and Chef V received applause several times throughout the demonstration for her great kitchen tips and nutritional advice,” said Dr. Emily Spence-Almaguer, Associate Dean for Community Engagement and Health Equity.

SPH students in the Health Insurance and Managed Care class added a different touch to Halloween with their presentation for the weekly Tuesday Interlude cohort session.

Dr. Thad Miller’s classes have been involved in teaching others as a way to reinforce their own learning experience, so this semester’s group decided on a “Family Feud Halloween” theme for their program on Medicaid and Politics. The group was graded on their presentation, which was well received by the audience.