City of Pleasant Hill Wins 1st Place for the 8th Annual Contra Costa County  Mayors’ Healthy Cook-off

The city of Pleasant Hill walked away with the 1st place winning trophy for the 8th Annual Contra Costa County Mayors’ Healthy Cook-off held at Todos Santos Park in Concord, California. East Bay Times Article Photo on Facebook The winning team was represented by Vice-Mayor Michael Harris, Chef Juan Sedano from WiseGirl Ristorante Italiano, Sous Chef Christopher […]

City of Antioch Wins 1st Place for the 7th Annual Contra Costa County Mayors’ Healthy Cook-off

The city of Antioch walked away with the 1st place winning trophy for the 7th Annual Contra Costa County Mayors’ Healthy Cook-off held at Todos Santos Park in Concord, California.

Mt. Diablo High School Students and Contra Costa County Leaders Test Their Hypotheses for Changing the Way We Eat in Washington, D.C.

MT. DIABLO HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AND CONTRA COSTA COUNTY LEADERS TEST THEIR HYPOTHESES FOR CHANGING THE WAY WE EAT IN WASHINGTON, D.C. Mt. Diablo High School students and other leaders in Contra Costa County are audacious enough to believe that food and nutrition is primary to education, not peripheral. Cindy Gershen, Culinary Arts instructor at […]

New DVD with Dr.Lustig/Cindy Gershen

Please set your DVR on this upcoming show, “SWEET REVENGE: Turning the Tables on Processed Foods” featuring Dr.Lustig, Honorary Board Member of Wellness City Challenge, and Cindy Gershen, Founder/Board Member. If you liked the recent documentary “FED UP”, you will have the opportunity to hear Dr.Lustig talk in more detail about the science of food […]

2014 Mayors’ Healthy Cookoff Challenge

Thank you to all those that participated in the Annual Contra Costa Mayors’ Healthy Cookoff Challenge. Congratulations to the City of Antioch for winning first place! Read more about the event as reported by Lou Fancher from the Contra Costa Times.

2013 Turkey Trot

Wellness City Challenge, in partnership with Forma Gym, had another successful Turkey Trot! Thank you to all our volunteers who helped out on Thanksgiving Week.  We appreciate your flexibility and patience working with more than 6,600 runners to locate bib numbers and correct shirts.  We could not have done this event without you! Hope to […]

Cindy’s Tomato and onion braised Chicken

What you will need: 2/3 Cup Oil, olive, salad or cooking 2 Tablespoon Salt, table 4 1/2 Pound (lb) 5 Cup Tomatoes, crushed, canned 3 Pound (lb) Kale, raw, chopped (Swiss Chard or other greens can be used – this ingredient is optional) 2 Pound (lb) Onions, raw, chopped 1/4 Cup Tone’s Italian Seasoning 1/8 […]

Cindy’s Pasta with Vegetables and ground turkey

What you will need: 6 1/2 Pound (lb) Barilla Whole Grain Pasta (Rotini) 1/4 Cup Garlic, raw 0 3/4 Cup Oil, olive, salad or cooking 12 Pound (lb) Tomatoes, crushed, canned 7 Pound (lb) Spinach, frozen, chopped or leaf, unprepared, package (10 oz) 0 1/2 Pound (lb) Cheese, parmesan, grated 9 1/3 Pound (lb) Jennie-O […]

Cindy’s Restuffed Potatoes

What you will need: 10 Pound (lb) Potatoes, russet, flesh and skin, raw 12 Pound (lb) Vegetables, mixed, frozen, unprepared 6 1/4 Pound (lb) Cheese, cheddar, shredded 1 1/2 Quart Milk, lowfat, fluid, 1% milkfat, protein fortified, with added vitamin A 3 Tablespoon Salt, table 3 Tablespoon Spices, pepper, black Instructions: Preheat oven to 400 […]

Basic Polenta

What you will need: 6 1/4 Pound (lb) Cereals, corn grits, yellow, regular and quick, unenriched, dry 2 Tablespoon Salt, table 1 3/4 Gallon Water, municipal Instructions: 1. In a large pot, brin water and salt to boil over high heat. 2. Gradually stir in corn grits. 3. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring frequently to […]

Energy Balls – no nut option

What you will need: 1 ¼ cup honey 2 ½ cup wow butter, sunflower seed, peanut butter or almond butter 1 ¼ cup flax seed or wheat germ – optional 2 ½ cup raisins or coconut flakes 1 cup slivered almonds or other nuts – optional 1 ¼ Tbsp vanilla 3 1/2 cup old fashion […]

Tuna Bean Salad

What you will need: Dressing: 1 clove garlic 3 tbsp. fresh lemon juice 1/2 tsp. salt (to taste) 1/2 tsp. black pepper 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil Salad: One 15-oz. can cannellini or other white beans, drained and rinsed 1/2 lb. seedless cucumbers, quartered lengthwise and cut crosswise into slices about ?-inch thick 1 […]

Egg Salad

What you will need: 6 hard boiled eggs, peeled and cut lengthwise 1/4 C nonfat plain Greek yogurt 2 tsp dijon mustard 1/4 tsp pepper 1/8 tsp salt 6 slices of Whole wheat bread paprika to garnish Instructions: First hard boil the eggs. Place the eggs in a pot, add just enough cold water so […]

Corn Muffins

We like to add fresh corn kernels to these muffins in the summer time. In the winter, frozen kernels can be used. These muffins are still wonderful without the corn kernels added. So itís the chefís choice. What you will need: 2 Tbsp canola or safflower oil or oil spray like PAM 1 cup stone-ground […]

Real Chili over Brown Rice

What you will need: 1 White or yellow onion, chunks 1-2 Tbsp canola or safflower oil 4 tsp chili powder 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes 1 tsp cumin Assortment of vegetables -Optional: carrots, celery, zucchini 2 Cups Tomatoes, Diced, Fresh, or crushed (15 oz can) 2 cups cooked beans (Garbanzo Beans, Kidney Beans, lentils, black […]