Patricia Moore-Pastides’ outlook on health focuses on the interconnectedness of the various facets of wellness. She emphasizes how feeding and treating your body well could have a positive effect on your mental health, and vice-versa.
Patricia Moore-Pastides published her first cookbook in 2010, which promoted whole grains, beans, vegetables, seafood and olive oil — staples in the Mediterranean diet.
By Taylor Halle and Micaela Wendell
Patricia Moore-Pastides enjoys cooking, exercise and meditation, but she’s even more exuberant about helping others maintain a healthy, happy lifestyle.
“You don’t have to join a fitness club and spend a lot of money, and go five days a week working out on machines all the time in order to have heart health,” Moore-Pastides, wife of USC President Harris Pastides said.
That will be her message for the Heart Health Learn at Lunch event Thursday in Russell House room 305 from 12-1:30 p.m. The event, which has already been filled, was open to all faculty and students.
Although most connect her to president Harris Pastides, she has made her own mark on the Columbia campus.
The published cookbook author not only teaches cooking classes for students, but also works closely with the USC Arnold School of Public Health, Cancer Prevention and Control Program, Center for Colon Cancer Research and the School of Medicine to promote healthy gardening and eating, and sustainability on campus.
Thursday’s lunch will include a cooking demonstration, lecture and open discussion with Moore-Pastides. She will also provide free recipe cards and sign cookbooks.