Community Health Focus Hour with Dr. Peek ? If You Eat ?Wise?, You Can Lose a Size


Dr. Monica Peek recently hosted Doctors on Call, a Community Health Focus Hour, on WVON 1690AM. Sponsored by the University of Chicago Medicine Urban Health Initiative, the three part series discussed concerns effecting the Chicago community, especially related to diabetes. If you missed any appearances, check out the full three episodes on below and read more about the resources and collaborators available on the South Side of Chicago.

If you missed the first two episodes, click below to listen:
Episode 1 ? A ?Peek? on Diabetes.
Episode 2 ? Let?s Spread the Love.

Episode 3 ? If You Eat ?Wise?, You Can Lost a Sizeÿ

(March 15, 2014) A discussion of healthy eating tips and nutrition resources on the South Side of Chicago. Dr. Monica Peek hosts Marla Solomon, Registered Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educators with the University of Illinois Chicago, Department of Pediatric Endocrinology; Mother Betty Price, Founder of Feed, Clothe, Help the Needy; Dr. Tonya Payton-Campbell, Certified Diabetes Educator and Walgreens Pharmacist; and Chef Brian ?X? Alston, Founder of Xclusive Catering. Learn more about the topics and organizations discussed in the links below:

Nutrition Tips

  • The plate method is a great way to create a balanced meal.

Half of the plate is filled with non-starchy vegetables,
A quarter of the plate is filled with a grain,
and the last quarter is filled with a protein.

ÿ To learn more about the plate method, read here.

  • Portion sizes are important for eating. A serving of protein such as chicken or fish should be about the size of a deck of cards, or the palm of a woman?s hand. Read here for more ?handy? visuals when portioning food.
  • Eat ?wise? by reading food labels. The labels can be busy, but focusing on a few elements can tell you a lot, especially serving size. Read more shopping tips here.
  • The FDA food labels are changing, making them more easy to understand. Read more about proposed changes.


University of Chicago Medicine

  • To learn more about the free health programs offered by the University of Chicago Medicine, call 773-702-5600.

Shop Right, Save-a-Lot, and Be Healthy Grocery Store Tours

  • Marla Solomon is a registered nutritionist and certified diabetes educator with the University of Illinois Chicago Department of Pediatric Endocrinology.
  • For more information on the 61st Farmer?s Market and Shop Right, Save-a-Lot, and Be Healthy Grocery Store Tours, or to register for a tour please call us at 773-702-2939. Or visit our tour page.

Feed, Clothe, Help the Needy

  • Mother Betty Price is the founder and CEO of Feed, Clothe, Help the Needy (FCHN), a Englewood community meals program for over 25 years.
  • Meals are hosted Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays, and Saturdays for lunch at 1234 W 59th Street Chicago, IL 60636.
    Click here for directions and a map of the location.
  • If you are interested in contributing to the ministry, call 773-436-8277.

75th Street and State Walgreens Pharmacy and Store

  • Dr. Tonya Payton-Campbell is a Certified Diabetes Educator and Pharmacist at 75th Street Walgreens.
  • Visit Dr. Payton-Campbell at the flagship south side store near 75th and State. (11 E 75th St) The store is open 24 hours, offering clinic and homecare, a health corner classroom with diabetes education classes, monthly nutrition tours, and much more.
    Click here for directions and a map of the location.
  • Walgreens stores throughout Chicago are now carrying fresh food options, such as fruits and vegetables. The nutrition tours at the 75th Street location are on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 2 PM ? 3 PM.
  • We have teamed up with Walgreens to offer a ?Food RX? program. Diabetes patients who visit one of 6 South Side clinics can receive a prescription-like checklist of their doctor?s food recommendations and a coupon for $2 off $10 or $5 off $20 worth of healthy food at participating Walgreens locations. To learn more about the program, read here.

Chef Brian ?X? Aslton

  • Chef Brian X Alston is the CEO and founder of XClusive Catering. He offered these cooking tips:
    1. Avoid salts, use powders (onion powder, garlic powder, etc.)
    2. Use fresh and frozen vegetables and fruits over canned.
    3. Try to bake, broil, and pan fry your meats, avoid deep frying.
    4. Portion your food while you cook, so you aren?t tempted to add more to your plate.

Brian Alton and Marla Solomon were both judges for the 2nd Annual Diabetes Cook Off. Click here to see more photos from the event!