Las Vegas chef proves healthy foods taste good

Updated:Mar 27,2013

Chef Leticia Las VegasGo Red Por Tu Corazón continues to create excitement in Las Vegas, celebrating the energy, passion and power of Latinas working together to wipe out heart disease. Local volunteers include Chef Leticia Gardea who was a featured speaker at the second annual Go Red Por Tu Corazón luncheon highlighting American Heart Month on Feb. 23.

“I strongly believe that cooking healthy can be very enjoyable,” she said. “And it is so important from the beginning stages of our children through school years to adults. I am honored to be part of the American Heart Association and help educate our community.”

The 150 luncheon guests got a taste of what Chef Leticia was talking about – the menu featured Red Adobo Steamed Chicken and Vegetables from her popular restaurant Leticia’s Mexican Cocina. “My whole concept of cooking is based on true flavors and healthy eating,” she noted.

Go Red Por Tu Corazón helps Latinas understand that by preparing meals at home, they have better control over the nutritional content and the overall healthfulness of the foods their families eat. It also emphasizes that healthy choices like being physically active and not smoking can also help reduce risk of heart disease and stroke. The luncheon raised over $2,700 for local Latino programs.

In addition to helping our Las Vegas Division promote Go Red Por Tu Corazón, Chef Leticia speaks at many local events and recently taught a Simple Cooking With Heart workshop at the Northwest Career and Technical Academy. She will again be one of the featured chefs at our popular Flavors of the Heart multicultural food festival on Sept. 7.

About Go Red Por Tu Corazón
Go Red Por Tu Corazón engages Latinas in the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. Thanks to the participation of millions of people across the country, the color red and the red dress now stand for the ability all women have to improve their heart health and live stronger, longer lives and be there for their families.