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May 21, 2009 - Image 58

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2009-05-21

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Food For Thought

American Technion Society hosts a heart-healthy evening.

Robin Schwartz

Special to the Jewish News


Scott Leemaster of Franklin, president of the American Technion Society's Detroit chapter; Allan Gelfond of Farmington Hills,
regional director; and speaker Micky Aviram

Annabel Cohen of Bloomfield Hills and Gail Posner of West

Sheila Cuscutis of Farmington Hills, Rosann Barak of Bloomfield
Township, Zelda Getcher of West Bloomfield, Joan Bassey of
Bloomfield Hills and Marshall Lesser of Bingham Farms


May 21 . 2009

Aimee Kovan of Franklin and Inez Garfield of Farmington Hills

Alan Kovan of Ferndale, Hugh and Rachel Victor of Huntington
Woods and Sally Sarin of Farmington Hills

ed wine, pomegranates and olive
oil top the list of heart-healthy
foods, and rich, dark chocolate
containing 80-percent cocao (eaten in
moderation) is also good for you. That's
according to Dr. Michael Aviram, director
of the Lipid Research Laboratory at the
Technion—Israel Institute of Technology in
Dr. Aviram, a heart-disease researcher
and one of the leading experts in cho-
lesterol and lipoproteins, was a featured
speaker along with Gail Posner, a long-
time West Bloomfield-based nutrition
counselor and coach, at an April 30 event
called "The Power of Food." About 70
people gathered at the Franklin home of
Rick and Aimee Kovan to learn more
about healthy eating and the cutting-edge
research that takes place at the Technion.
"Thirty percent of Technion's graduates
run Fortune 500 companies," said Zelda
Gechter of West Bloomfield, a board
member and volunteer with the Detroit
branch of the American Technion Society.
"Some of their advances include defense
projects that ensure Israel's safety, stem
cell research and groundbreaking work
to find new methods of attacking cancer.
Our aim is to create public awareness
about Technion and its importance to our
planet:' she said.
Guests enjoyed a healthy buffet din-
ner and learned how to make better food
choices. "Polyunsaturated oils and prod-
ucts containing them are a strict no-no,"
according to Posner.
The experts say the old food pyramid is
out and eating complex carbohydrates like
wholegrain breads, oats and brown rice
is the way to go because they take longer
to digest and maintain a more constant
blood sugar level.
"The tips were interesting and plentiful,"
said Gechter. "Between the red wine, dark
chocolate and the outstanding speakers,
everyone was ecstatic." ___

For information about the Technion,
go to wwwl.technion.ac.il . To reach
Gail Posner or for information on her
nutrition counseling, call (248) 855-
4558 or visit her Web site,
gailposner.com .

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