A Jackson celebrity chef is fighting obesity by sharing the secrets of preparing healthier meals.
Fresh Bytes with Nathan Glenn featured the executive chef from Basil and Roosters restaurants.
The Sunday night cooking demonstration used local produce and taught techniques making healthy substitutes.
It was held in the old New Deal Grocery Store on Livingston Road.
The Mississippi Roadmap to Health Equity Project converted the space into a farmer's market which opens from mid April to November.
Participants learned to prepare meals and desserts using healthy alternatives to high calorie southern comfort foods.
"I'm really doing simple things teaching them how to use fresh basil, fresh mint, how to use fresh citrus, lemon juice and lime juice how to kick up their flavor at the house. So they can come back and eat healthy food with a lot of flavor so we're really trading fat for fresh," said Chef Nathan Glenn.
A $5 million dollar grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation also helped create the children and adult fitness center next door.
It opens Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is free to the public.
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