Meet Rita Heikenfeld

We are excited to welcome Rita Nader Heikenfeld, CCP, CMH, to Boone County Public Library to share some of her recipes and cooking tips with us! Rita is an award-winning syndicated journalist, accredited modern herbalist, author, cooking teacher, media personality and the founding editor of She writes a syndicated weekly column for Community Press Newspapers and is the Resident Herbalist for Fox 19 Morning Xtra, Natorp’s, Earthineer and Granny’s Garden. Rita is a former adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati where she taught comprehensive herbal studies, and these days you can hear her on Sacred Heart Radio, 740AM. Rita was inducted into the Escoffier Hall of Fame for her work with herbs and natural foods, but she says her most important achievements are being a wife, mom, and grandmom. Rita and her family grow and preserve their own produce and herbs, raise chickens for eggs, and heat with wood they gather themselves.

If you grow herbs like basil, mint, and oregano, and want to learn how to preserve them as well as pick up some new recipes, you’ll want to join Rita at the Florence Branch on Tuesday, September 27, at 7 p.m. when she shares tips for cooking with herbs and spices.

Rita will also share some of her cooking secrets and demonstrate how to make homemade vitamin water as well as a layered Tuscan salad with mixed greens, herbs and an herbal vinaigrette. There will be samples! Here is a little “taste” of what Rita has to offer:

4 generous cups peeled, sliced or diced peaches
2 cups sugar, divided
1/2 cup water
1 stick butter
1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
1 1/2 cups milk
Cinnamon – a sprinkle or two (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine peaches, 1 cup sugar, and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
Put butter in a 3-quart baking dish and place in oven to melt. Mix remaining 1 cup sugar, flour, and milk slowly to prevent clumping. Pour mixture over melted butter. Do not stir. Spoon fruit gently on top. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Batter will rise to top during baking. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes.

To serve, scoop onto a plate and serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream or yogurt.

“A cobbler means that the topping, after baking, looks ‘cobbled’ on top. We love this served warm!” –Rita

“I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!”

Maybe you remember thinking this line from the commercial was a little silly, but falls are a serious concern for older adults. Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults according the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. According to the National Council on Aging, an older adult is seen in an emergency department for a fall-related injury every 13 seconds. Every year one out of three older adults fall and one out of five falls cause serious injuries such as broken bones.

The 9th annual National Falls Prevention Awareness Day occurs on September 22,
2016, in conjunction with the first day of the fall season. The day exists to raise awareness about how to prevent fall related injuries among older adults. In honor of National Falls Prevention Awareness Day, an adult health clinic offering free health screenings and education for all adults will be provided by local health organizations and companies at the Main Library. Learn about resources and get tips on navigating the health care system for older adults. The Adult Health Clinic is provided by the Safe Aging Coalition of Northern Kentucky.

*Health insurance required for vaccinations.

Adult Health Clinic
Boone County Public Library, Main Library
1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington, KY 41005
Thursday, September 22
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Breakout sessions:

  • 11:30 a.m. – The Legal Implications of a Fall presented by the Law Firm of Parker Clifton
  • 12:30 p.m. – The Financial Implications of a Fall presented by Morgan Stanley

The following list provides more information about the types of screenings and education offered during the Adult Health Clinic:


  1. Personal Touch, blood pressure screeningsOptometrist in exam room with man in chair smiling
  2. Senior Helpers, Alzheimer’s education
  3. NKY Pain & Wellness, bone density
  4. Behavioral Health, chemical dependency
  5. Walgreens, flu shots
  6. Burlington Rx, pulse ox
  7. Gentiva Home Health, blood pressure screenings
  8. Connecting Hearts, hydration
  9. Hebron Chiropractic, massage/muscle scan
  10. Hearing Solutions, hearing screening
  11. Atria, healthy cooking
  12. St Elizabeth Hospice,  Five Wishes
  13. St Elizabeth Wound Care, diabetic foot ulcer education/screening
  14. St Elizabeth, rehab services
  15. St Elizabeth Heart and Vascular Hands Only, CPR
  16. EMS Community Outreach Van, injury prevention education
  17. Refreshed Living/Melaleuca, non-toxic living education
  18. Rosedale Green BERG,  balance test
  19. Magnolia Springs, staying independent education
  20. Bright Star, falls risk education
  21. Right at Home, falls screening
  22. Sams Education of Svs-Rx, vision screenings
  23. MD2U, importance of  primary care
  24. Crescent Insurance Insurance, education for heart/diabetes
  25. Gateway, Parkinson’s ed with OT
  26. Kroger,  vaccines:
    • Pneumonia,
    • Shingles
    • Tap
  27. Hospice of Bluegrass
  28. Woodcrest Nursing Facility, pulmonary function test
  29. NKY Pharmacist Association, medical management
  30. NKY Health Department, diabetes and glucose education

Take part in a Brown Bag Medicine Review –Pharmacists will review your medicines for side effect of increased falling risks. Bring a list of your medicines.

Drawings for door prizes will begin at 1:30 p.m.

Go to our Facebook event listing.


Kate Sowada is the Community Events Liaison at Boone County Public Library. Her enthusiasm for community engagement and development can be traced back to her experience volunteering as a teenager. Studying Geography in college, working with public art projects during grad school and facilitating statewide outreach programs are a few of the community oriented adventures that led her to Boone County Public Library where she is excited about engaging the people of Boone County and broader Northern Kentucky region through library programs and events.