What’s for Dinner?

Four-course Western Dinner

The Menu

  • Pumpkin Soup – Southwestern Style
  • Grilled Vegetable Salad
  • Roasted Turkey with Dried Apricot and Hazelnut Stuffing
  • Maple Syrup Pecan Pie

Dim Sum Afternoon Tea

The Dim Sum Combo

The Restaurant – Cassia, Singapore

Obesity as a Disease

The American Medical Association has announced the organization has designated obesity as a disease requiring treatment and prevention efforts.

The American Heart Association believes the additional focus is needed on this important risk factor for heart disease and stroke. We work with individuals, industry, healthcare professionals and national, state and local governments to recognize the severity of the issue and the need for more coordinated and comprehensive solutions.

Obesity is defined as a body mass index of 30 or higher. Over one-third (33.7%) of U.S. adults are obese (nearly 75 million adults) and about 12 million (16.9%) of U.S. children ages 2 to 19 are obese and nearly one in three (31.7%) U.S. children (23,500,000) ages 2 to 19 are overweight or obese.

“Obesity is mainly caused by taking in more calories than are used up in physical activity and daily life, but other factors may also contribute to obesity including genetics, limited access to healthy foods or unsafe environment for physical activity,” says Donna Arnett, Ph.D., president of the American Heart Association. “When people eat too many calories, or too much saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol, their blood cholesterol levels often rise. But even taking off a few pounds can provide you with cardiovascular benefits, so every step in the right direction is a step toward healthier living.”

If you have too much fat — especially around your waist — you’re at higher risk for health problems. Obesity

  • raises blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
  • lowers HDL “good” cholesterol. HDL cholesterol is linked with lower heart disease and stroke risk, so reducing it tends to raise the risk.
  • raises blood pressure levels.
  • can induce diabetes. In some people, diabetes makes these other risk factors much worse. The danger of heart attack is especially high for these people.

When your weight is in a healthy range your body more effectively circulates blood, your fluid levels are more easily managed, and you are less likely to develop diabetes, heart disease, certain cancers and sleep apnea.

Source: American Heart Association

Chinese-style Steamed Fresh Water Fish


1 piece grass carp belly
3 oz sweet preserved cabbage
1 tbsp sugar
2 slices ginger, shredded
1 tbsp sweet soy sauce
2 tbsp oil


1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cooking wine
1/4 tsp ground white pepper


  1. Rinse fish and wipe dry. Place on a heatproof plate.
  2. Soak preserved cabbage for 10 minutes. Rinse well. Drain and cut into dices.
  3. Heat oil and sauté preserved cabbage with sugar until fragrant.
  4. Sprinkle seasoning over the fish. Cover the top with preserved cabbage. Spread ginger on top.
  5. Steam fish over high heat for 8 to 10 minutes until done.
  6. Drizzle with sweet soy sauce and hot oil. Serve hot.

Source: Hong Kong magazine

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