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Cooking Demonstration With Nikki Shaw

Mar 11 2010 3:18PM

Last week celebrity chef, Nikki Shaw held a cooking demonstration for kids from Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA), a multi-cultural center that offers fine arts, athletic and education programs for more than 1,400 underserved youth throughout the city. The demonstration was part of Fit for Life with the Los Angeles Lakers, sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross. Fit for Life with the Los Angeles Lakers is a program dedicated to educating Los Angeles area youth on the importance of physical fitness and nutrition in an effort to fight childhood obesity and encourage all fans to be fit for life.

Chef Nikki, as she is known to her enthusiastic students, taught the kids from HOLAs health eating club how to be Fit For Life by making Confetti Spaghetti. Each kid received hands-on instruction and nutritional information as they cooked the delicious dish that incorporates many healthy vegetables, lean turkey sausage and whole wheat pasta. The demonstration was also a chance for Chef Nikki to educate the kids about the importance of nutritious eating habits and proper techniques for sanitary cooking. One of Chef Nikkis best tips: Do not eat meals in front of the television. When we eat and watch TV, our attention is divided, which leads to over-eating even after our hunger has been satiated. The kids from HOLA were quick learners and eager participants, especially when the Confetti Spaghetti was served. For dessert the kids got a special surprise from the Lakers Youth Foundation tickets to the Lakers - Bobcats game!

The Lakers and Anthem Blue Cross want to give special thanks to Chef Nikki Shaw. Chef Nikki is the wife of Lakers Assistant Coach Brian Shaw and owner of Flavor Caterer and host of "TODAY'S FLAVOR", a radio segment heard daily on WBLS in New York, KBLX in San Francisco and Sirius XM Satellite. She also works with the American Diabetes Association, performing cooking demonstrations to help prevent and control diabetes for children and adults.

Fit for Life Anthem Blue Cross

The 2009 NBA Champion Lakers and Anthem Blue Cross have teamed up to educate the community about the importance of physical fitness and nutrition in an effort to help fight child obesity and encourage all fans to be fit for life.

The Lakers Fit for Life Webpage will provide you with various resources to get you started with your commitment to lead a happy, healthy and active lifestyle. Make sure to visit periodically for new fitness tips, healthy recipes, exclusive player editorials, photos, videos and more..