Posts by Andrea Cooley

Best careers for 2010

There’s never been a better time to start a career in health care! U.S. News and World Report ranks physical therapists and physician assistants as two of the best careers in 2010. Physical therapists typically work in a hospital, clinic or private practice and work with a variety of patients. Employment is expected to increase […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: Healthy dips

Happy New Year! Ring in 2010 with one of four healthy dip recipes (roasted red pepper, bean, chunky southwest and sweet potato) from the marketing and communications office. Yum! Roasted Red Pepper dip by Julie Probst 1 cup mayo or vegan mayonnaise 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated 12 oz can/jar of artichoke hearts, unmarinated 1/8 […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: cranberry walnut muffins

I’ve never met a muffin I didn’t like, but despite their relatively healthy appearance I know that a big bakery muffin (you know the ones I’m talking about, the cakey ones with the big pieces of granulated sugar sprinkled on the top) can have just as many calories as a glazed donut. So, this recipe […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: Zesty broccoli casserole

My new favorite source for healthy recipes is Cooking Light. This Zesty Broccoli Casserole is going on my list of dishes for Christmas dinner. Even if you’re not a big fan of broccoli, who can resist a cheesy casserole? I’ve also added this recipe for Peppermint Cheesecake Brownies to my must-try list. What’s your favorite […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: chicken barley chili

It’s officially cold in Des Moines (no snow yet though). That means I’m looking for hearty recipes. I’ve never used barley in a recipe before–but it’s an ingredient in beer, so I figure it can’t be that bad. I’m hoping to try it this weekend. Has anyone cooked with barley? Any recommendations or favorite recipes? […]

— Andrea Cooley

Take a break from cooking

I figure since it’s the day after Thanksgiving most of us are probably too stuffed to think about cooking anything–even if it’s healthy. So instead of offering a recipe today, my recommendation is that you take a break from the kitchen and enjoy spending time with your family and friends this weekend! How are you […]

— Andrea Cooley

Public health thank you!

Today is Public Health Thank You Day. If you’ve never thought about what public health officials do for you, consider the fact that they are the people who make sure our drinking water is safe, the air we breath is clean and provide vaccines for seasonal flu and other illnesses. Next time you see someone […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: heart-healthy cheesy potatoes

I am of the opinion that you can’t go wrong with cheesy potatoes, so when I found this recipe for a “heart-healthy” version I had to share it! Reduced-fat and low-sodium ingredients keep this recipe healthy without sacrificing flavor. Check out Heart Healthy Living for more great recipes. Ingredients 1 10 3/4-ounce can reduced-fat and […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: crockpot maple dijon chicken

I recently discovered the blog A Year of Slow Cooking. It’s written by a woman who made a New Year’s resolution to use her crock pot every day for a year. I’m always looking for new crock pot recipes. Usually I make pot roast or soup, but I know there’s more I could by cooking […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: fresh tomato basil pizza

If there’s a healthy way to enjoy pizza I’m all for it. I can’t resist cheese, tomatoes and a crispy crust. What’s your favorite pizza topping? Here’s a great alternative to greasy carry out: Ingredients: 1 (14-ounce) Italian cheese-flavored pizza crust (such as Boboli) 2 teaspoons olive oil ½ cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan […]

— Andrea Cooley

Inspirational grad!

Martin Diamond, D.O.’62,  is an example of one of our amazing alums. Dr. Diamond’s passion for serving the underserved stems from his own experiences growing up as one of the few white Jewish kids in his mostly African-American neighborhood. He continued as an ardent champion of opportunity for the oppressed and persecuted, in the Army, […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: healthy pumpkin cake

Looking for a healthy way to enjoy seasonal goodies? Add a can of pumpkin to a cake mix for a simple, low-fat dessert. The result is a super moist cake that doesn’t even need frosting. Yum! Ingredients 1 box cake mix (chocolate, spice or vanilla) 1 can of pumpkin puree (not pie filling) water Directions: […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: oatmeal

When it starts to get cold out I turn to classic comfort foods to keep me warm. My current favorite is a big bowl of oatmeal full of nuts and dried fruit. Usually I settle for heating up a pack of instant oatmeal, but if I have time it’s worth it to make it from […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday Recipe: Pumpkin Dip

This recipe is simple and seasonal–which means I will definitely be making it soon! It would be a great appetizer for Thanksgiving, but I don’t think I can wait ’til then to try it. Serve with graham crackers, gingerbread cookies or fruit. Yum! Ingredients: 1 can pumpkin 1 box sugar-free instant butterscotch pudding 2 tubs […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday Recipe: Whole-wheat banana bread

Who doesn’t love a warm slice of banana bread? This is a great recipe to try if you want a low-fat, whole-wheat version. Ingredients: 1/3 C vegetable oil (use applesauce instead to make it even healthier) 1/2 cup honey 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 eggs 1 C mashed bananas (2 or 3 bananas) Tip: When […]

— Andrea Cooley

Physician Assistant Week

October 6-12 is National Physician Assistant Week. Physician Assistants are a vital part of our health care system. Remember to thank them for what they do both this week and in the future. As part of PA Week, DMU PA students will be offering blood pressure screening at Valley West Mall Saturday October 10, 12-4 […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: turkey & black bean chili

The only thing better than a big pot of soup on a fall day is a big crock pot of soup! I know you can use the crock pot year round, but I tend to forget about it during the summer. I’m definitely making this recipe over the weekend. Just remember to turn it on […]

— Andrea Cooley

Learn more about DMU

I realize we talked about our fall travel last week, but it’s such a busy time of year for us, I thought we needed to mention it again. (Here’s our schedule if you want to see if we’re coming to your school!) Last week I joined admissions coordinator Lisa Vroegh at the UNI Career Fair […]

— Andrea Cooley

Des Moines Sculpture Garden

Des Moines continues to impress me and make me proud to call it home. The latest addition that I’m bragging to everyone I know is the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Garden in Western Gateway Park. It includes 24 pieces and is said to rival similar parks in St. Paul and Seattle. Des Moines is […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday Recipe: Eggchilada

Eggs are great because they are low in fat and high in protein–and you can eat them for breakfast, lunch or dinner! I like mine fried, hard-boiled in egg salad or my current favorite scrambled in a breakfast burrito. This recipe is so easy I can make it from memory. For one burrito I spray […]

— Andrea Cooley