A summer intern has helped the Lincoln County Family YMCA focus on health as a whole.
â€œFor overall health and wellness, exercise and nutrition go hand in hand,â€ said Donna Sassano, senior wellness and member experience director.
Laura Dotson, a rising senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has started a free summer series focusing on nutrition.
As a nutrition major, sheâ€™s full of information. Classes so far have covered portion control, label reading and the importance of combining nutrition and fitness. The end result, Dotson says, is a healthier, happier person with lower medical bills.
â€œIf you eat correctly, thereâ€™s so many medications you donâ€™t have to take,â€ Dotson said. â€œA lot of times, you can avoid a lot of things.â€
Avoiding medication is the reason Denise Yoder chose to attend the series.
â€œI just thought this would be a kinder, gentler way to deal with aging,â€ she said.
Martha Stroup, another participant, felt the same.
â€œIâ€™m really interested in finding out more and more about health things because Iâ€™m getting older,â€ she said.
Dotson was full of advice for the attendees including â€œHave a buddy â€“ thatâ€™s the best thingâ€ and â€œYouâ€™re not coming out of the gym mad â€“ itâ€™s going to make you happy.â€
An advocate of healthy living, Dotson plans to eventually get her masterâ€™s in nutrition. Working on the summer series has made her consider different options for her post-graduate school future.
â€œMaybe I want to teach,â€ she said.
Sassano doesnâ€™t seem to think thatâ€™s a bad idea.
â€œHer knowledge is phenomenal,â€ she said. â€œSheâ€™s a motivator. Sheâ€™s enthusiastic and she really loves people.â€
Want to go? The following classes are included in the series:
â€œFiber â€“ Whatâ€™s the Big Deal?â€ will be held Monday at 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the YMCA Wellness Center.
â€œWhy Practice a Healthy Diet?â€ will be held July 25 at 9:30 a.m. at the YMCA Wellness Center.
â€œVitamins and Mineralsâ€ will be held July 30 at 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the YMCA Wellness Center.
Call (704) 748-9311 for additional information or to register.
by Sarah Grano