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Dorm Airmen learn way around kitchen

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. --

Team Little Rock Airmen who live in the dormitories gathered together to learn the fundamentals of cooking during a unique class held Sept. 14, 2016, at the Crossroads Café on Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark.

The dorm council is an organization made for Airmen to address their concerns and ideas on improving dormitory quality of life.

“The purpose of the class is to provide our Airmen an opportunity to grow and give them the knowledge on how to prepare meals in the future,” said U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Noah Villanueva, 19th Force Support Squadron dormitory management superintendent.

The brainchild of Villanueva and the dorm council was taught by Jill Hinsley, a 19th Medical Group dietician.

Before the cooking began, Hinsley briefed the Airmen on food care and rules to follow in the kitchen. She also stressed the importance of hygiene when preparing a meal.

“We can make all this great food but if you get somebody sick, it’s not going to be fun,” Hinsley said.

Airmen were given the opportunity to participate in cooking meals – all of which were made in a microwave. Dishes included chili, an omelet and steamed broccoli.

“The cooking class is a great example of Airmen expressing their interests and desires to dorm leadership and actions being taken to implement their ideas in a fun and educational way,” said U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Bryce Baker, 19th Operation Support Squadron air traffic controller.

The knowledge Airmen learned in the class can be applied to both easy meals and healthy choices.

“A plate full of colorful vegetables and fruit including about a palm-sized portion of quality protein every meal is one of the keys to good nutrition,” Hinsley said.

“It feels good to know that there are people who care about your health,” said U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Joseph Harris, 19th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle maintenance apprentice. “I can honestly say I learned more today about cooking than I have throughout my life.”

Airmen interested in joining the dorm council may attend any of the monthly meetings; the dates of whice are sent out in a monthly email.

For more information about nutrition and health, contact Jill Hinsley at (501) 987-7288

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