Three players from the Pittsburgh Steelers recently demonstrated their ability to work as a team off the field at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC’s annual healthy cooking demonstration. In support of breast cancer awareness month, Travis Feeney, Arthur Moats and Roosevelt Nix replaced their jerseys with white chef coats for the afternoon to show off their culinary skills.
The players discussed the importance of eating healthy during the football season to boost metabolism and fuel their bodies. Common foods in their diets are fish, grilled chicken, greens and a lot of water. Similar to athletics, good nutrition is essential to breast cancer survival. Healthy cooking is often associated with low flavor and a heavy time commitment, however, the players demonstrated the simplicity of cooking a delicious, healthy recipe. With assistance from Magee’s executive chef, Victor Mannella, the players cooked butternut cranberry salad and garden tortellini. They worked as a team to combine the optimal ratio of ingredients to create the perfect flow.
After the cooking event, patients and survivors lined up for pictures and autographs from the players, but the players weren’t the only ones giving autographs. Feeney, Moats and Nix wanted all the Magee patients to sign their chef coats as a memory of their culinary experience. One of the patients said the experience made her feel as important as the Pittsburgh Steelers feel on game days. All three players have individual reasons for participating in breast cancer awareness events, but they collectively agreed they feel rewarded when attending awareness events.