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Meet Chefs Jerry and Carmine From Our Healthy Eating Series

You’re going to love BCBSRI chefs Carmine Cozzolino and Jerry Pace. They both started out cooking with their grandmothers. Now they combine their family heritage with years of experience—including training at Johnson & Wales University, culinary schools in Italy, and Rhode Island restaurants—to cook healthy food and teach others how to do the same. Meet them in the Healthy Living series of free workshops at Your Blue Store. Sign up for a workshop today.

What inspired you to become a chef? 
Jerry: Food was the focal point of our day growing up. I enjoy making something and having people appreciate it. 
Carmine: I got it from my grandmother. We lived above her growing up. It makes you feel good that people are enjoying your food. 

Which part of our member workshops do you look forward to most? 
Jerry: When the light bulb goes off. You explain it, they see it wasn’t that hard, and that you can make it healthy and tasty. 
Carmine: I like to pass knowledge of food on to people. 

What’s the most important thing you want BCBSRI members to take away from these workshops? 
Jerry: It can be easy to make healthy meals at home. 
Carmine: Healthy eating can be delicious. 

Tell us about your favorite healthy recipe that doesn’t taste like a healthy recipe. 
Jerry: Arroz con pollo or chicken with rice. 
Carmine: Chicken lettuce wraps with cashews. 

Finish this sentence: “Food is __________.” 
Jerry: Food is life! 
Carmine: Food is comfort! 

Healthy Eating series

Sign up for one or more of our series with Jerry and Carmine, and check back as we add more workshops through the spring.

Lose Weight, Gain Control 
Join our registered dietitians as they share their best tips for not only losing weight, but keeping it off! Learn why it’s about much more than the number you see on the scale and get tools to track your progress. Plus, you’ll sample healthy dishes prepared by the BCBSRI Chefs. 

Use the DASH Diet to Improve Your Blood Pressure 
Our registered dietitians will teach you all about the DASH Diet, which focuses on limiting sodium to prevent or control high blood pressure. Some foods can actually improve it, too! The BCBSRI Chefs will also prepare and sample DASH-friendly dishes for you to taste. 

Diabetes, Nutrition & the New Food Labels 
If you live with diabetes, you know the importance of eating a healthy diet, but new food labels can make it even harder. Our registered dietitians will show you how to use them to help manage your blood sugar. As always, the BCBSRI Chefs will be on-hand to turn those tips into delicious, healthy dishes you can try!