Healthy Living Kitchen

Also available in the Gift Shop ($35)


The Heart Lung Vascular Institute offers its Healthy Living Kitchen, healthy cooking classes dedicated to teaching individuals how to cook heart healthy and learn new techniques to enhance the flavor of food.

The Healthy Living Kitchen holds regular healthy cooking classes that deal with timely cooking topics such as grilling in the summer, holiday entertaining and healthy chocolate choices, so you can return as often as you wish to learn even more!

Attendees of the healthy cooking classes will enjoy cooking demonstrations, a meal, food safety and preparation, cooking tips and additional education such as how to lower your cholesterol.

The Healthy Living Kitchen was made possible by the generous donation from the University of Tennessee Medical Center Auxiliary. The $1,500 donation was used to purchase items to up fit the kitchen with cooking essentials and dishware to enable the medical center to provide cooking classes to the community.

The Healthy Living Kitchen staff includes Executive Chef Mark McKinney; Cardiac Nurse Specialist Jane Kelly, BSN, RN; and Dietitian Janet Seiber, RD.

The new Healthy Living Kitchen is located at UT Medical Center in the Heart Lung Vascular Institute, Suite E-170.

The Next Cooking Class

When: Join us for  HEARTWISE (free demonstration) on March 28, or register for our next cooking class on April 8 Heart-Healthy Eating. Registration is required for all cooking classes.

Where?: Heart Lung Vascular Institute - Healthy Living Kitchen, Suite E-170 (next to Chest Services).

Join the Healthy Living Kitchen team for a locally inspired cooking class!

Our cooking classes take a hands-on approach to cooking with personal instruction to guide you through every stage of preparation. The Healthy Living staff provides a thorough overview of each recipe and a copy for you to take home. In addition to learning recipes and techniques, you will learn how to make any meal healthy for you and your family.

Over the span of 5 years, the Healthy Living Kitchen has collected dozens of recipes and healthy lifestyle tips and combined them into a guidebook - A Recipe for Life. This guidebook for healthy living provides step-by-step instruction to making healthier lifestyle choices. A Recipe for Life offers tips for grocery shopping, selected diet plans, meal planning, cooking tips, recipe modification, and recipes for all occasions! To order your very own copy, click the icon below.

Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.


Meet our kitchen staff, which includes Senior Executive Chef Mark McKinney; Cardiac Nurse Specialist Jane Kelly, BSN, RN; and Dietitian Janet Seiber, RD, LDN, CDE.

Also, if you haven’t checked out what’s new at the Garden View Eatery at UT Medical Center, visit us and see many of the kitchen recipes and healthier choices available using fresh ingredients such as whole wheat pasta and breads, hormone-free chicken, organics, cage-free eggs and local produce.


Grocery Store Tours

Whether the labels on food products leave you scratching your head or you’re just looking for some ideas for a great tasting and healthy snack, The University of Tennessee Medical Center can help you.

Registered dietitians from the medical center want to help you make the right choices for a healthy lifestyle when you’re at the grocery store. In a free program presented by the Healthy Living Kitchen team from UT Medical Center’s Heart Lung Vascular Institute, the upcoming Grocery Store Tours will give you the opportunity to walk the aisles with a nutrition expert and get the answers to all those questions you always wanted to know while at the grocery store.

“The grocery store is a place that can make or break your eating habits from a healthy living perspective,” said Janet Seiber, RD, LDN, CDE, a registered dietitian at UT Medical Center and a frequent presenter of the tours. “Learning to make better choices in the grocery store really can help you toward a healthier overall lifestyle.”

The registered dietitians from UT Medical Center will give you a tour around area Food City stores and share tips on healthy grocery shopping, comparing food labels and selecting food items that fit your desired eating plan. Register for one of our Grocery Store Tours below:

Check the community calendar for other events!

Please call 865.305.6970 or register online by clicking date above. The tour is free, but space is limited so registration is required. Special group tours are available upon request by calling 865.305.6970.

Consumer Poll

Do you read and compare food labels before purchasing an item?

For more information on food labeling, visit our Health Video Library.

  • Never; I buy whatever looks good.
  • Sometimes
  • With almost anything I buy I know the nutritional value.


The Healthy Living Kitchen is located at the Heart Lung Vascular Institute, Healthy Living Kitchen, Suite E-170 at UT Medical Center.

You may call 865.305.6877 for more information

Questions about the Healthy Living Kitchen