Cindy Gershen

About Cindy Gershen

Cindy Gershen (Founder & Vice Chair)
Cindy Gershen is a well-known and respected advocate for healthy living. Cindy opened the Sunrise Cafe & Bakery in 1981, serving comfort food 'like Mom used to make." The cafe quickly outgrew its location and Cindy opened the Sunrise Bistro as a full service sit-down restaurant to compliment the successful cafe. Sunrise is about giving the customer what they want, from healthy and wholesome menu options to smart recipes without added sugar and salt. After having a stroke in 2001, Cindy lost and has kept off over 90 pounds. She is passionate about sharing the lessons of healthy diet and exercise she has learned and condenses that information into simple, practical solutions that people can use everyday. She often speaks and demonstrates cooking with local businesses and organizations to share her tips for healthy eating and its effects on productivity in the workplace and school environment. Cindy spearheaded the Walnut Creek Wellness City Challenge in 2005. Cindy Gershen is married to Dr Lance Gershen and together have 8 children and presently 9 grandchildren and 2 on the way.

REAL FOOD FIRST

Students in Cindy Gershen’s sustainable hospitality class are learning math, science, engineering and nutrition, feeding both their young minds and growing bodies.

Concord: ‘Salad Bar Project’ classroom prototype could lead to sustainable business

CONCORD — Rising from a 20-gallon, soilless base and lit with an eerie white glow, organic agriculture in Cindy Gershen’s Mt. Diablo High School classroom grows in one direction — up. Bursting from open pockets in a newly-assembled Tower Garden, organic greens flourish fan-like and scent the air like an outdoor garden in midsummer. Invented […]

Bringing innovation to our schools as reported by Contra Costa Times

CONCORD — With a staccato pace, Stephen Ritz, founder of the Green Bronx Machine, continued to feed the minds and appetites of students at Mt. Diablo High School with a bounty of whole foods.

Ritz, students in the sustainable tourism program at the Concord campus, school personnel and local proponents of steering clear of food that’s processed, gathered last Tuesday to continue an area campaign started several years ago by educator and restaurant owner Cindy Gershen.

How Much is Too Much Added Sugar?

I have decided to start sharing some of the lessons I have been teaching to my students at Mt. Diablo. I have learned so much being in the classroom and my goal is to see this taught at EVERY high school in America. I have gone so far as to challenge my seniors to limit […]

The Fat Chance Cookbook has Arrived!

It has finally arrived!  The Fat Chance Cookbook, a compilation of over 100 real food recipes is available on December 27th. I cannot tell you how excited I am and how proud my students are of this cookbook. It was truly made from scratch. Click here to purchase the book through amazon. Please email wellnesscitychallenge@gmail.com […]

A Summer Well Spent!

Well summer is coming to an end and class starts in two weeks. Wow, when I look back over the last two months, we’ve done a lot! We completed a cookbook with Dr. Robert Lustig that will be coming out in January called the Fat Chance Cookbook. In the middle of testing all of the […]

Marinara Sauce

It’s easy to add fresh seasonal vegetables to the sautÈed onions; such as mushrooms, a clove of garlic, or diced zucchini. Garnish with parsley and parmesan cheese after you pour the sauce over whole wheat pasta. What you will need: 1/4 cup olive oil 2 medium onions, peeled and diced 32 oz can whole tomatoes, […]

Pasta Bean Soup

Video: MDUSD presents another recipe from the “Pantry Recipe” collection. Easy recipes for the entire family.

Homemade Granola

What you will need: 2 cups old fashioned oats 3/4 cup raisins or other dry fruit 1/2 cup sliced almonds 1/2 cup hulled pumpkin seeds (pepitas) 1/4 cup honey or agave nectar 2 Tbsp coconut oil or unsalted butter 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp allspice Instructions: Prepare 8-inch by 12-inch rimmed baking […]

Energy Balls

What you will need: 1/4 cup honey 1/2 cup peanut butter or almond butter or soy butter 1/4 cup flax seed or wheat germ ñ optional 1/2 cup raisins or coconut flakes 1 tsp vanilla 1/4 cup sliced almonds or walnuts or pecans ñ optional 1 cup old fashion oats Instructions: Mix all ingredients Let […]

Tortilla Banana Wrap

What you will need: 1 whole wheat tortilla 2 Tbsp peanut butter or almond butter 1 tsp toasted sesame seeds ñ optional 1 firm banana peeled Instructions: Lay tortilla on a cutting mat or platter Spread nut butter on tortilla Sprinkle with sesame seeds Place banana in center of tortilla Roll them up Servings: 1 […]

Teamwork

I start my morning at 6:45 at the school. Of course, I’ve forgotten my keys inside the classroom. So I look around for Ray, the custodian, one of the few other people on campus as early as I am. Can’t find him, so I walk over to the cafeteria; there are a few students in […]

Part 3

Come to the Table

Part 2 – Healthy Tortillas