Archive for November 27th, 2011

By Sue Shekut, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer

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After eating a wonderful traditional Thanksgiving meal, I was inspired to look for some new healthy eating tips. I came across one that I think we should all check out: Healthy Dining. It is an all-volunteer community education and outreach program in Chicago devoted to providing simple, healthy lifestyle options for Chicago diners. By subscribing to the newsletter (free), you have access to “a steady diet of bite-size, easy-to-digest morsels of practical information, valuable resources, easy recipes, time and money-saving ideas, conservation tips and special subscriber-only invitations and offers that support good clean living.”

Who Started Healthy Dining in Chicago?

Laura Bruzas


In 2003, Laura Bruzas founded Healthy Dining to help teach Chicagoans that good nutrition and an eco-friendly lifestyle can aid in to disease prevention and management. Bruzas’ holds a degree in Marketing, has 15 years in HR/Recruiting and spent five years working with Whole Foods Market. When Laura was in college, a friend gave her a copy of Diet for a Small Planet by Frances Moore Lappe and she has been on that path ever since.  Laura is also the author of Eat Well for Less, a collection of 50 simple tips and fast recipes to save time and cut your natural food bill in half.


For ten years, Laura has been an adult education instructor at the Latin School. She received a grant for developing and delivering a series of community wellness workshops, has taught healthy cooking classes at Whole Foods Market, Gildas Club of Chicago and the Discovery Center, presented a motivational lecture series on wellness and personal effectiveness for Chicago Public Library patrons and has spoken to audiences at the Chicago Women in Publishing Conference, Chicago Green Drinks, and FamilyFarmed.org EXPO.  Prior to publishing Healthy Dining Chicago, she was the editor of Living Well from 1998 to 2002.

60 Second Desserts and a variety of Four-Course Dinners in Under an Hour.

Laura has a full list of Q&A’s about healthy dining. Check out the questions and answers here.

Bruzas also teaches classes at the Moraine Valley Environmental Institute, as well as hosting corporate Lunch & Learns on the topic of Healthy Dining on a Dime and offering home parties with menu options that include 60 Second Desserts and a variety of Four-Course Dinners in Under an Hour.

For More Information or to Schedule a Lunch & Learn or Home Party
Please contact Laura at 312.666.9979 or via e-mail Laura@HealthyDining.org.

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