Muleskinner Cooking Class :: Fort Drum

Muleskinner Cooking Class 2 cr.jpgAbove: Elena Arndt, a registered dietitian with the 10th Mountain Division Sustainment Brigade’s Holistic Health and Fitness Team, demonstrates how to properly cut up a chicken during the brigade’s barracks cooking class Aug. 16, 2022, at Fort Drum’s Poe Valley Chapel. Right: Pfc. Kira Cornick, a human resources specialist assigned to the 10th Mountain Division Sustainment Brigade’s 10th Division Sustainment Troops Battalion, measures out brown sugar as part of a recipe during a cooking class at the brigade’s barracks. The brigade’s unit ministry team and the overall health and fitness nutrition team came together to design a class to help Soldiers with culinary skills. (U.S. Army photo by Sergeant 1st Class Neysa Canfield, 10th Mountain Division Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs Office)

Single soldiers learn to fuel their bodies, minds

Sergeant 1st Class Nessa Canfield

10th Mountain Division Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs Office

FORT DRUM, N.Y. (Aug. 16, 2022) — While most single Soldiers receive meals at dining facilities on post, whether it’s due to obligations, time or transportation, some Soldiers find it easier and faster to order.

“During one of our (command post exercises), I heard from many of our young Soldiers that they would order more from Uber Eats if they couldn’t get to the dining facility in time because they didn’t know how. to cook or prepare food,” said Chaplain (Major) Tanya Bindernagel, 10th Mountain Division Sustainment Brigade chaplain.

Bindernagel and the rest of the brigade unit ministry team decided this was a problem they wanted to help solve.

“We have access to registered dietitians who are part of the brigade’s (holistic health and fitness) program, so it just made sense to team up and set up cooking classes for these Soldiers,” she said.

On August 16, Elena Arndt, Registered Dietitian for the Brigade Unit Ministry Team and the 10th Mountain Division Sustainment Brigade H2F Team, hosted a second cooking class for all single soldiers in the brigade.

During the class, Arndt taught the soldiers how to make teriyaki chicken noodles.

“I knew I wanted to make something that included simple ingredients, something that didn’t take a lot of time to make and something that didn’t have a long list of things that they would have to buy and, of course, I know. They could cook with the tools available in their barracks,” Ordt said. said

In addition to demonstrating how to prepare food, Arndt added that she used the class as an opportunity to go over the health and economic benefits of cooking instead of constantly ordering.

“When it comes to ordering, the health benefits aren’t really there. Instead I want them to know what’s actually in their food and what they’re putting into their bodies,” she explained. “(Personal financial advisors) will also tell you that (ordering out) is a really big problem for soldiers living in barracks, and that’s where they’re spending a lot of their money.”

For soldiers like Cpl. Joshua Johnson, a human resources specialist assigned to the 510th Human Resource Company, 10th Division Sustainment Troops Battalion, 10th Mountain Division Sustainment Brigade, said the class allows him to build on the skills he already knows.

“I love to cook, but I know a lot of Soldiers in the barracks with me may not and even though (the dining facility) is accessible, sometimes it gets boring and you want something different,” Johnson said.

Johnson added that one of the things she enjoys about the class is having a registered dietitian from the brigade demonstrate how to cook.

“A lot of Soldiers are afraid to seek help or guidance, so I think this class has helped expose those Soldiers to the different experts that we have in our brigade,” Johnson said. “I also think that a registered dietitian helps us Soldiers have a healthy relationship with food and learn about the importance of a balanced and healthy diet.”

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