The Health and Wellness Committee of First Presbyterian Church of Youngstown is making sure that religion nourishes much more than just people's souls.
Among its programs to bring a wealth of health information to members of the congregation, the committee is sponsoring a new wellness series featuring cooking demonstrations and tastings, take-home recipes, grocery shopping lists and tips aimed at supporting happy, healthy and balanced lifestyles.
The new program, called Delish Nutrish, focuses on using whole foods and nutrition to improve participants' well-being, make them feel younger in spirit, reach a happy weight, eat for energy and address chronic health conditions and cravings for sugar and artificial stimulants.
Ami Patrick, a holistic health coach and 11-year member of the congregation, said: "Our goal is to help you gain the confidence and knowledge you need to prepare seasonal, delicious, nourishing meals for you and your family and to make a significant impact on how you look and feel on a daily basis. We will guide you through a step-by-step approach to a healthier lifestyle, not a fad diet."
Patrick, a co-presenter of the Delish Nutrish program, said this aspect of the church's health and wellness mission is centered on nutrition, and it does not involve aerobics or other physical exercises.
She is a lifestyle educator, certified as a health coach by the international Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She also owns Embody Health & Wellness of Youngstown, a business that serves groups and private clients at various sites including their own homes.
Her co-presenter is Eileen Hoffman, also a member of the First Presbyterian congregation, who has a bachelor of science degree in health and wellness from Buffalo State College. Hoffman is a cooking aficionado and is a teacher in the church's Montessori School program.
They will lead a five-week series of classes from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays from Sept. 27 through Oct. 25 in First Presbyterian Church, 100 Church St.
The series will focus on a specific theme each week, such as whole grains, greens and vegetables, treats and snacks and plant-based main dishes. Samples will be prepared and will be available for tasting.
"Participants will leave with a wealth of information and the motivation and support to embrace a happy, healthy and balanced life," Patrick said. The series is open to everyone from teenagers to senior citizens, and participants need not be members of the church.
The cost of each class is $12 per person or $20 for two people attending together. Individuals attending all five classes will pay $50 for the series. The money will be used for supplies and for learning materials that will be distributed.
Preregistration is required, so the presenters will know how much material to prepare. Contact Patrick at 523-9965 or email email@example.com for registration.
A free, introductory course is being offered from noon to 1 p.m. today in First Presbyterian Church, but those signing up for the five-week series do not necessarily have to attend today's session.
Patrick described her professional career as a "full service coaching business designed to help busy people reprioritize their own health, reach their happy weight and feel more energetic, confident and youthful without deprivation or huge investments of time."
She also presents workshops on topics including sugar blues, eating for energy, weighing less and living more, gluten-free living and women's health.
LEWISTON -- The Rev. Michael P. Zuffoletto, a native of Buffalo, has been appointed to a six-year term as pastor of St. Peter Catholic Parish in Lewiston. Zuffoletto began his new assignment Aug. 1 at St. Peter Church, 620 Center St.
In his 39 years as a priest, Zuffoletto has worked as a parish priest, teacher and military chaplain.
He has served at parishes and schools in North Tonawanda, Niagara Falls, Lockport, Blasdell, Buffalo and Lancaster and in the U.S. Navy at San Diego; Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Pensacola, Fla.; New Orleans; and Quantico, Va.
He holds master's degrees in divinity and in education.