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MARCH 12 AT 11:30 AM

Whether your goal is to live longer than an Okinawan or better than an Olympian (or Oprah!), too many of us suffer from the same Ground Hog Day condition: runaway eating.

You've skipped breakfast, you've fasted at lunch, and you've torn the door off the fridge around 6pm. Now what? To get and stay healthy, you'll want to watch Eat & Cook Healthy! With Dr. John La Puma , a program that serves viewers bite-sized, delicious morsels of the best science — and recipes — for what, where, when and how to eat for a better life now.  

Eat & Cook Healthy! With Dr. John La Puma airs Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 11:30 a.m. on Eight, Arizona PBS.

At age thirty-five, after eating too much of the Standard American Diet (SAD, isn't it?), Dr. La Puma had become SAD-ly paunchy. So he decided to research the science of nutrition and attended culinary school. He learned the right number of walnuts (11) to keep a fatty meal from stiffening your arteries, and how to cook pasta to lower its glycemic index (al dente) so that it raises your blood sugar slowly and gently. And a lot more.

In Eat & Cook Healthy! With Dr. John La Puma , you'll learn to stock the medicine chest in your kitchen, do for yourself what your doctor can't do for you and choose dishes that help you look and feel as healthy as you want. You'll learn that some eating mistakes are simple to make — and then how to get a do-over. And you'll learn that the easiest change is the most important: finding passion in your foods, drinks, meals, menus, kitchen -- and life.

Dr. La Puma offers a tasty, hands-on plan to inspire you and help you change your life. Nutritious meals don't have to be time consuming, filled with hard-to-find ingredients, or taste like they're good for you. Dr. La Puma's recipes explode with flavor, are simple to make and are low in calories, aging fats, sugars and chemicals.

Recipes include:

•  Saffron Scallop, Shrimp, and Chickpea Paella

•  Sicilian Pasta with Swiss Chard, Goat Cheese and Basil

•  Spicy and Rich Sausage and Kidney Bean Chili

Dr. La Puma is the author of The New York Times best-selling book Chef MD's Big Book of Culinary Medicine.

About Dr. John La Puma

John La Puma M.D. is a leading physician voice for healthy, tasty eating as part of health. His mission is to teach people to transform their lives with what they eat and how they live. A board-certified specialist in internal medicine and a professionally trained chef, he is founder of Chef Clinic and co-founder of ChefMD.   He taught the first Nutrition and Cooking course for medical students in the US, at SUNY, with Dr. Michael Roizen of the Cleveland Clinic.

The New England Journal of Medicine , the Encyclopedia Britannica , The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times have published his work. USA Today, Prevention, Reader's Digest, Parade, Newsweek and hundreds of other publications have featured his work as well.

Formerly a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago, Professor of Nutrition at Kendall College's School of Culinary Arts, and part-time cook at James Beard-award winning Chef Rick Bayless' Topolobampo in Chicago, Dr. La Puma also graduated from the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago (now a Le Cordon Bleu school) in Professional Cooking. He performed his residency in internal medicine at West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Medical Center and UCLA, and completed the first postgraduate fellowship in general internal medicine and clinical medical ethics in the U.S., at the University of Chicago.

Dr. La Puma's clinical trial designs and academic work have resulted in authorship or co-authorship of over 50 peer-reviewed scientific papers, 150 other contributions to the medical literature and three medical books, including a CME book and two other popular books ( The RealAge Diet and Cooking the RealAge Way , with Dr. Roizen). Founding editor of Alternative Medicine Alert, the leading evidence-based newsletter for clinicians on dietary supplements and wellness, Dr. La Puma is also a recognized expert in professionalism, medical ethics, informed consent and patient safety.   Repeatedly named “One of America's Top Physicians” by Consumers' Research Council, and cited as a “Secret Weapon” by The Wall Street Journal, Dr. La Puma has been honored with the AMA/National Association of Medical Communicators “Award of Excellence.” He sees private patients and is based in Santa Barbara, California.

About Eight, Arizona PBS

Eight, Arizona PBS specializes in the education of children, in-depth news and public affairs, lifelong learning, and the celebration of arts and culture -- utilizing the power of noncommercial television, the Internet, educational outreach services, and community-based initiatives. The PBS station began broadcasting from the campus of Arizona State University on January 30, 1961. Now more than 80 percent of Arizonans receive the signal through a network of translators, cable and satellite systems. With more than 1 million viewers each week, Eight consistently ranks among the most-viewed public television stations per capita in the country. Arizonans provide more than 60 percent of the station's annual budget.

Eight is a member-supported service of Arizona State University.