About Food Heaven Made Easy Food Heaven Made Easy with Wendy & Jess is a monthly cooking/nutrition series on Brooklyn Community Access Television (BCAT). The show was created by Nutrition Educators Wendy Lopez and Jessica Jones as a creative outlet to help under served communities in New York City improve their diets and overall health. The show's mission is to reduce the risk of obesity in NYC by demonstrating how to prepare culturally diverse, delicious, quick and cost conscious meals at home. Most importantly, the show will provide viewers with a wealth of nutrition information as we create healthy vegetarian dishes that are nutrient dense and energy rich! Vamos a cocinar!
Wendy Lopez is committed to serving as a revolutionary force of love, justice, and growth within communities of African decent that have been negatively impacted by the inequities of our food system. Through her experiences providing nutrition education workshops for children, adolescents, and families, this Bronx native strives to bridge the gap between food, health, and community. As a former consultant for the Department of Health, she worked with the Green Carts program to increase availability of fresh fruits and vegetables in schools within low-access neighborhoods. Currently working as a health educator and case manager for a suicide prevention program, Wendy builds with young Latina women, exploring how food and health have a direct impact on the mind and body. She is on her way to pursuing a M.S. in Nutrition at Hunter College, with the purpose of enriching community healing through holistic health.
Jessica Jones is a New York City-based Nutrition Educator with a passion for teaching marginalized communities about healthy and sustainable food choices. As a Senior Nutritionist for the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Jones has conducted hundreds of nutrition education workshops and cooking demonstrations for over 1,500 underserved New York City residents. In addition to her love of hands-on nutrition education and counseling, Jones has a passion for using media as a tool to promote healthy lifestyles. The California Native received a B.A. in Journalism from San Francisco State University, and has penned hundreds of articles about food, health and culture for publications like the Village Voice, Time Out New York, amNew York and Today’s Dietitian. Jones is a certified producer for Brooklyn Community Access Television and is currently finishing up her M.S. in Nutrition from Brooklyn College.