Mercyhurst event promotes ‘Healthy Holidays’

Must you sacrifice taste for a trim waist? 

The Mercyhurst College Sportsmedicine Department and the Office of Human Resources hopes not. Together they are piloting a timely holiday event called “Taste or Waist.”

It goes like this. Students in sportsmedicine instructor Tim Harvey’s nutrition class have been challenged to each make a scrumptious holiday dish and then convert the same recipe into a healthier version, limiting fat content, calories, and other waist-thickeners.

Likewise, any member of the Mercyhurst College community may elect to enter the event, which will culminate with a blind taste testing of the entrants’ dishes at the Carolyn Herrmann Student Union on Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visitors can cast their vote for which of each entrant’s two samples – the original or the healthy version – they prefer. Harvey’s students are expected to whip up an assortment of appetizers, soups, entrees and desserts. Their recipes will be available for anyone who would like them.

To vote, participants will be asked to contribute 25 cents a sample, with proceeds going to the Mercy Center for Women.

Taste or Waist is one of several health-related promotions sponsored annually by the college’s human’s resources office directed by Jim Tometsko.

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