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Saint Thomas Heart announces return of free heart healthy cooking school classes

NAHSVILLE, Tenn. – Aug. 9, 2013 -- Saint Thomas Heart, the cardiac division of Saint Thomas Health, is pleased to announce the 2013 fall/spring schedule for its Heart Healthy Cooking School, a series of free cooking demonstrations and tastings.

Classes will be held throughout the fall and spring, and are free and open to the public. Class size is limited to the first 75 registrants. To register for the classes, please call 1-800-588-3270. 

Each month, the class will have a different heart-healthy theme. The following classes will be held in the Saint Thomas West Hospital cafeteria, located at 4220 Harding Road in Nashville and will begin at 3 p.m. The schedule for this series is: 

  • Sept. 10, 2013 - Healthy Southern Favorites
  • Oct. 8, 2013 - Fall Fest
  • Nov. 5, 2013 - Traditional Thanksgiving
  • Dec. 3, 2013 - Mediterranean Holiday
  • Jan. 7,  2014 - Winter Comfort
  • Feb. 4, 2014 - Valentine's Day
  • March 4, 2014 - Cajun Cuisine
  • April 1, 2014 - Easter Breakfast
  • May 6, 2014 - Cool Summer Salads 

Registered cardiac dietitian, Kitty Fawaz, and executive chef, Johnathan Wickersham, will lead the classes. Classes also feature Saint Thomas Heart cardiac specialists who will discuss the importance of healthy eating in improving overall cardiac health.

The Heart Healthy Cooking School presented by Saint Thomas Heart began in 1996 and has helped tens of thousands of Middle Tennesseans learn to prepare easy, heart-healthy meals. The Heart Healthy Cooking School offers classes throughout the year at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital, Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital and other locations throughout Middle Tennessee.   

About Saint Thomas Heart

Saint Thomas Heart is the cardiac division of Saint Thomas Health and includes the cardiology programs at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital, Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital and Saint Thomas West Hospital. With approximately 60 cardiac specialists in more than 25 regional clinics throughout Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky and Tennessee’s largest network of accredited Chest Pain Centers, Saint Thomas Heart offers greater access and experience, seeing more patients than anyone in Tennessee. or

About Saint Thomas Health

Saint Thomas Health is Middle Tennessee’s faith-based, not-for-profit health care system united under the common mission of one healing community. With more than 7,000 associates, Saint Thomas Health is focused on transforming the health care experience and helping people live healthier lives, with special attention to the poor and vulnerable. The regional health system includes – Saint Thomas Hospital for Spinal Surgery, Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital and Saint Thomas West Hospital in Nashville, Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro and Saint Thomas Hickman Hospital in Centerville – and a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices, clinics and rehabilitation facilities. Saint Thomas Health is a member of Ascension Health, a Catholic organization that is the largest not-for-profit health system in the United States. For more information, visit


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