Mercy Health Foundation offers healthy eating education

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Mercy Health is offering healthy eating classes.

The program is to help people in the community put better food on their plates. It’s called Healthy Eating for You, and it’s sponsored by the Mercy Health Foundation.

Eating healthy isn’t exactly the easiest thing to do nor is it something we like to do. These classes aim to do it in a way where you can still eat what you want but in a better way.

The best part of the program is that it’s completely free.

During the class, the dietician will address portion sizes, reading and understanding nutrition labels, and learning to eat mindfully. The information can help people make the right choices at the grocery store.

Dietician Bridgette Lackey said eating habits in the Valley aren’t the best.

“I think we have many right things, but it may be some of our preparation. We might enjoy vegetables but how are we fixing them. Are we deep frying; are we mixing them with high salt foods? That can also be a problem,” she said.

Lackey says some quick tips include not going to the grocery store hungry. And if money is a factory, take advantage of stores that offer double up programs for fruits and vegetables for food stamp recipients.

“We encourage eating more fruits and vegetables in our diet. It doesn’t matter if it’s fresh or canned. Then, something to look forward to in the summer are the farmer’s markets that will come to the B&O Station,” Lackey said.

Healthy Eating For You is being held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital and at Howland Medical Center on the following dates:

– St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital – April 9, May 9, and June 4
– Howland Medical Center – April 18, May 16 and June 20

To register, call (330) 480-3070.

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