At the Sky Lakes Medical Center’s Living Well Community Health Fair on Saturday, 15-year-old Peterson seized her opportunity to engage with some of the 2,500 people who attended by offering a “healthier version” of popcorn, demonstrating how to live a healthier lifestyle without removing snacks.
Coconut oil is high in natural saturated fats and increases the healthy cholesterol (HDL) in the body, she said. It also helps to convert the “bad” cholesterol into good cholesterol, which promotes a healthy heart and lowers the risk of heart disease. Nutritional yeast is high in protein, fiber and B-complex vitamins.
“A lot of people were surprised by what they learned and came back for multiple bags,” Cook said, adding that 30 pounds of kernels were popped.
Mackenzie chose FMD as it “hit close to home” and meant something to her, but later expanded her platform to include an array of vascular diseases as FMD affects a mere 4 percent of the population.