The Thursday Morning Club will celebrate Women’s Health Month with a heart-healthy program featuring Rosie Battista, author, trainer, and weight loss expert. The program will follow the club’s general meeting to be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2 at the , 25 Cook Ave.
Battista will emphasize healthy eating in her presentation that will include a cooking lesson, demonstrating the preparation of a simple, quick and delicious meal in record time. The program is free and open to the public.
Battista will draw from her book, Cooking Naked after 40. The book provides lessons in creating and cooking pure and ‘naked’ food — food that the author believes will improve one’s body and health. As she explains, “Naked food is food that is as close to its natural state as possible like an apple, a banana, a bunch of kale.” Battista teaches how to “put these foods together in creative, easy, and simple ways” that will make you “fall in love with your food.”
At the age of 50, in a life-changing event, the author decided to participate in a body building competition along with her daughter. She hired a trainer who helped her to reach her goal, and in four months she lost 38 pounds. Battista has been featured in “Oxygen” and “New Jersey Monthly” magazines.
Following the meeting, members will assemble ‘care packages’ of home-baked cookies and candies to be distributed to local nursing homes and care centers. The Feb 2 presentation and the annual Cookie Operation have been arranged by Colleen Geier, the club’s Home Life/Social Services Chairwoman.
On Tuesday, Feb. 14, the Thursday Morning Club will conduct a “Hearts of Hope” workshop at 1 p.m. organized by Betty Dangler, Arts/Creative Chairwoman. Participants will make hearts at $5 each to honor friends or loved ones. The event supports the special state project of the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs. All donations will go to Gilda’s Clubs and the Cancer Support Communities.