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MDC’s Miami Culinary Institute Presents Two Classes by Canyon Ranch Experts


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Miami, May 27, 2011 - The Miami Culinary Institute (MCI) at Miami Dade College (MDC) continues its exciting Enthusiast Series with two Lunch and Learn classes hosted by Canyon Ranch Hotel and Spa specialists that will focus on promoting good health, inside and out.

On Wednesday, June 8, from noon to 1:30 p.m., Canyon Ranch nutritionist Larisa Alonso will teach a class on Organic Food: Should I Switch? The organic food movement is growing, and organically-farmed products are becoming more accessible. Enjoy this fascinating presentation by Alonso, who will discuss the real differences between conventionally and organically grown food, and when it is more important to choose organics.

Dr. Yoav Suprun, physical therapist at Canyon Ranch, will present a class about Prevention of Neck & Back Pain in the Kitchen on Wednesday, June 22, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Learn how bad kitchen postures can affect your neck and back, and how the pain can be eliminated utilizing the McKenzie method. Specific exercises and recommendations for self-treatment will be provided. 

Opened in November 2008, this unique Miami Beach boutique hotel combines the amazing possibilities of the acclaimed Canyon Ranch health resorts with the flexibility of à la carte spa and health and wellness services.  Housed in the historic and beautifully restored Carillon Hotel, Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa in Miami Beach captivates guests with its exquisite design, matchless ocean views and endless ways to reawaken one’s spirit and refresh the soul. This first of its kind, full-service hotel features 150 richly appointed one- and two-bedroom suites, two outdoor pools, 24-hour concierge services, cutting-edge fitness center, full-service salon, Canyon Ranch Living Essentials Boutique, and a collection of intimate gathering spaces ideal for reading, yoga and guest interaction. The 70,000 square-feet Spa and Wellness facility features an impressive 54 treatment rooms and an array of exclusive services integrating nutrition, fitness, lifestyle, preventive care and spiritual growth.  Canyon Ranch Grill offers innovative, award-winning and nourishing gourmet cuisine to guests and local visitors.   The property was named to Travel + Leisure’s 2009 Editor’s Choice “It List.”  For more information about the Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa in Miami Beach visit

Seating is limited, so please register early. The fee is $50 for each class, with lunch included.   

To reserve a seat, please contact Victoria Nodarse at 305-237-3890,  

For more information, please call 305-237-3276, or visit

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Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359,, media specialist

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