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My Town Grand Haven: Plant-based diet the focus of St. Patrick-St. Anthony parish presentations
My Town Grand Haven: Plant-based diet the focus of St. Patrick-St. Anthony parish presentations

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. As more Americans today learn about overall health and the risks of degenerative disease linked to diet, the medical community is striving to get people to eat more plant-based foods.

Whether a person self-identifies as a flexitarian, vegetarian, semi-vegetarian or pescatarian, more information is now available to help people make wise choices about their eating habits.

To help increase awareness about plant-based cooking and food consumption, the health committee at St. Patrick-St. Anthony parish is planning three educational presentations for the public.  Each event is free and will be held in the parish Family Center at 7 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 16 - “Eating and Cooking with Salads and Salsas”
  • Tuesday, Sept. 30 – “Eating and Cooking with Soups and Veggie Burgers”
  • Tuesday, Oct. 14 – “Eating and Cooking Stir Fry and Roasted Veggies”
“The purpose of these events is to promote healthy living.  We are hoping to get the word out to people that eating plant-based foods is the healthier option in order to prevent or decrease diseases and medical conditions  such as heart attack, diabetes, cancer and more,” said Nancy Megley, RN, parish nurse with St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish.


St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish is located at 920 Fulton Street in Grand Haven.   All attendees will be given free, updated information about healthy eating options, alternatives to meat-based or high-fat diets and cooking with plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, whole grains and soy.

The presentations will be led by Sherry Boeve, dietitian and member of St. Patrick-St. Anthony parish.  She is married to Dr. Theodore J. Boeve, a local cardiothoracic surgeon.  During Dr. Boeve's medical training, Sherry utilized her education as a registered dietitian with Ann Arbor Veteran’s Hospital and the University of Iowa hospitals and clinics to consult at nursing homes.

For the past 20 years, Sherry Boeve has used her nutrition expertise to feed her family of four children, which embraced pant-based eating seven years ago.  During her presentations, she will share the reasons why her family made this major dietary switch and discuss the challenges and benefits of plant-based meals.


Anyone interested in receiving further information about the programs should contact Nancy Megley, RN at St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish at  (616) 842-0001, ext. 119.

St. Patrick Parish began as a mission site in 1857 and the first church was built at the current location of 920 Fulton Street in Grand Haven in 1872.  In 1911, St. Anthony’s Church was formed in Robinson Township and became a mission parish of St. Patrick’s.  The current church was opened in 1957 after the old church was torn down to make room for Route 31.  The Family Center was added in 1973 and in 2012, both parishes merged into the St. Patrick - St. Anthony parish.  Rev. William Langlois has served as pastor for 18 years with the parish and celebrated his 40th anniversary of ordination in the ministry in May 2014.