This kid-friendly cooking class is ideal for children ages 9-14 and their parent(s).  We will learn about healthy eating, planning meals as a family, and working together in the kitchen. Every week, participants will receive a bag of groceries to use to prepare that week’s recipe at home. This class is open to both English and Spanish-speaking families!

To sign up, please call Claire Brady at 312-718-0660.

Esta clase de cocinar es ideal para los niños de 9 a 14 años y sus padres. Vamos a aprender sobre la alimentación saludable, planificando las comidas como una familia, y trabajando juntos en la cocina. Cada semana, los participantes recibirán una bolsa de comestibles para cocinar la receta de la semana en la casa. ¡Esta clase está abierta tanto a familias de habla inglesa como de habla hispana!

Para inscribirse, favor de llamar a Claire Brady a 312-718-0660

February 3, 2017

Mama’s Fake-out Chili

by Dr. Shaheena Ahmed, Pediatrics

As the busy mother of four children, I’m always looking for ways to offer my family meals that are easy to prepare and good for their health. My children and husband are confirmed meat eaters; however, last Super Bowl Sunday, I secretly made meatless loaded nachos and this meatless hearty chili. They were none the wiser and ate it all up. Since then, I refer to this as my “lamb chili” so that my kids don’t question the seitan* chunks that replace meat in this dish. Making this dish in a slow cooker is a time saver. The beans, quinoa*, and seitan offer plenty of protein and fiber without a lot of fat. The various spices add a lot of flavor without necessarily adding a lot of heat. Enjoy!



1 box (12 oz) of seitan (wheat-based meat substitute), cubed or sliced

2 cans (15 oz) of chili beans, (red, pinto and black or whatever bean you like)

1 box or can (33 oz) of tomato sauce

2 medium red bell peppers, chopped

1 pack (8 oz) of mushrooms, chopped

1 large onion, diced

1 whole green chili pepper

½ cup quinoa (small round grain), dry

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp ginger powder

2 tsp. salt

2 tsp. cumin powder

1 tsp. black pepper

1 tsp. red chili pepper

1 Tbsp. soy sauce

1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce


*All spices and veggies can be increased or decreased to desired heat, saltiness, and chunkiness




  1. In a medium sized pot, saute onions in olive oil
  2. Add garlic powder, ginger powder, salt, black pepper, red pepper, and cumin powder
  3. Add seitan and brown
  4. Add soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce to seitan (more or less to taste)
  5. Add mushrooms and brown
  6. Add red bell peppers to soften
  7. Add whole green chili and ½ of the tomato sauce. Let it simmer
  8. In a slow cooker, plug in and turn to high. Add remainder of tomato sauce.
  9. Add quinoa to the tomato sauce as it will soften and sprout while cooking
  10. Add the cans of chili beans
  11. Add sautéed seitan with vegetables to the slow cooker. Stir well.
  12. Cover lid to the slow cooker. Cook on high for 1 hour.
  13. Reduce to medium for 2 hours. Stir.
  14. If desired consistency is reached, you can turn down the slow cooker to warm.
  15. Serve with your favorite condiments (such as shredded cheese, sour cream, chives and/ or cilantro) or enjoy as is- during the big game, a cold winter weekend or while reconnecting with your loved ones at mealtime!


This class will incorporate therapies for chronic pain including tai chi and acupuncture. Acupuncture will be provided by students from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.

January 11, 2017

Join us for a yoga class that promotes relaxation, movement, and flexibility and that is suitable for all levels of experience.  If you are new to yoga and would like to try it out for free, this class is a perfect opportunity! This class is led by our own Nurse Practitioner Ganka Skerleva, who is also a certified yoga instructor.

holiday-cheer-uplift-agelessJordan Kyser lives with his mom and sister at Sylvia Center, one of Uptown’s family shelters. Having fallen on hard times, they moved in a few months ago, the family settled in, and Jordan was enrolled at Uplift. He’s been a model student ever since. He had a very serious need for glasses and was one of 27 students given a free exam and glasses by Ageless Eye Care which comes to Uplift several times a year to serve all the students with poor vision.

Going beyond their stated purpose of meeting CPS students’ vision needs, an Ageless staff member contacted our Uplift Health Center’s Community Advocate who coordinates the vision screening program, asking for a recommendation of a student in particularly great need, one who’d be willing to write a Dear Santa letter. Jordan was game and asked for a bike or a World Wrestling Entertainment belt.  Lo and behold, a cool green bike was delivered to Uplift right before winter break on Friday, December 23, 2016, and Jordan rode home a very happy boy.

December 28, 2016

By Dr. Arthur Hoffman


You may have heard of the word mindfulness or a program called mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) on TV or the radio or the newspaper.  Or maybe you haven’t heard about it yet, but at Heartland Health Centers we are pretty excited about it because mindfulness based programs have been proven, by very good scientific evidence, to be a great addition to medications  for dozens of medical conditions, both those that are defined as physical (like high blood pressure or ulcerative colitis or cancer) and those that are defined as mental (like anxiety and depression)….and mindfulness based programs have been found to benefit the health and well being of people with no medical conditions.  So, we want to tell you what it is.

Mindfulness is a particular kind of paying attention.  We call it awareness in a non-judging way. To learn to practice this kind of attention, one has to practice paying attention in this way.  Some people call that meditation.  The concept of mindfulness has been written about for at least 2500 years, most famously by a man from northern India, named Siddhartha Gautama, who came to be known as Buddha (which is means the awakened one in the native language of  northern India).  He began to teach others how to become skillful in mindfulness in order to help them ease their own suffering and improve their own health and happiness.

37 years ago, a man name Jon Kabat Zinn studied hard and learned to become very skillful.  He found it incredibly valuable.  But he had to learn all sorts of Asian words and customs.  He made it his life purpose to teach other non-Asians in their own culture and in everyday language.  And he developed an eight week course, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction to do this, and has taught many others to teach this.  A number of our staff have learned this practice of non judging awareness, and this winter, we will be offering this course for Heartland patients.

December 22, 2016

marcia-katzFrom: Dr. Marcia Katz
Family Medicine

I love to cook. The Sunday New York Times magazine has a food section whose regular contributors are Mark Bittman and Sam Sifton.  I saw the recipe and thought, wow, not only does that look delicious, it looks really easy. I love Mediterranean flavors so figured I couldn’t go wrong. I have made it several times, for family and friends. Everyone loves it.






2 lemons, juiced
½ cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil
6 cloves garlic, peeled, smashed and minced
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons paprika
½ teaspoon turmeric
A pinch ground cinnamon
Red pepper flakes, to taste
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 large red onion, peeled and quartered
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


Prepare a marinade for the chicken. Combine the lemon juice, 1/2 cup olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, cumin, paprika, turmeric, cinnamon and red pepper flakes in a large bowl, then whisk to combine. Add the chicken and toss well to coat. Cover and store in refrigerator for at least 1 hour and up to 12 hours.

When ready to cook, heat oven to 425 degrees. Use the remaining tablespoon of olive oil to grease a rimmed sheet pan. Add the quartered onion to the chicken and marinade, and toss once to combine. Remove the chicken and onion from the marinade, and place on the pan, spreading everything evenly across it.

Put the chicken in the oven and roast until it is browned, crisp at the edges and cooked through, about 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from the oven, allow to rest 2 minutes, and then slice into bits. (To make the chicken even more crisp, set a large pan over high heat, add a tablespoon of olive oil to the pan, then the sliced chicken, and sauté until everything curls tight in the heat.) Scatter the parsley over the top and serve with tomatoes, cucumbers, pita, white sauce, hot sauce, olives, fried eggplant, feta, rice — really anything you desire.


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December 2, 2016

Join us for a yoga class that promotes relaxation, movement, and flexibility and that is suitable for all levels of experience.  If you are new to yoga and would like to try it out for free, this class is a perfect opportunity! This class will be led by Toni Scott, RN, a certified yoga instructor from the Uptown community.

When: Every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the Month from 9-10 am starting January 28

Where: Heartland Health Center-Wilson

December 2, 2016

Ofrecemos clases en español en la clínica de Lincoln Square para pacientes que quieren aprender estrategias para manejar la diabetes por una vida sana. Vamos a aprender sobre nutrición, ejercicio, medicamentos, y la reducción del estrés, y hacer metas para bajar el azúcar. Cada participante va a recibir un diario para notar cada día su comida, niveles de azúcar, y progreso en sus metas. Si tiene diagnosis nueva de diabetes o prediabetes, o si ha tenido diabetes por muchos años y quiere un cambio, esta clase es para ti.

We are offering a diabetes management class in Spanish at our Albany Park clinic for patients who are interested in learning how to control their diabetes with a healthy lifestyle. We will learn about nutrition, exercise, medications, and stress reduction, and will set goals each week that will help lower your blood sugar. Whether you have a new diagnosis of diabetes or prediabetes, or you have had diabetes for years and are looking for a change, this class is for you!

When/Cuando: Thursdays/Jueves Mar. 2-Apr. 6, 2017, 6-7:30 pm

Where/Donde: Heartland Health Centers Albany Park, 3737 W. Lawrence


December 2, 2016

We offer Share our Strength’s Cooking Matters program in partnership with EverThrive Illinois. This six-week program teaches participants to prepare and shop for healthy, budget-friendly meals. At each class we discuss a nutrition topic and prepare a meal together. Each participant will bring home a bag of groceries after each class with some of the ingredients needed to prepare the meal at home.

In this cooking class you  will:

  • Make the most of your food resources
  • Cook healthy and delicious food
  • Discuss nutrition and meal planning
  • Put your skills to the test at a local grocery store
  • Try new recipes to make at home with food you take home each week.