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YMCA hosts free nutrition seminar

A summer intern has helped the Lincoln County Family YMCA focus on health as a whole.
“For overall health and wellness, exercise and nutrition go hand in hand,” 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, she’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.
“If you eat correctly, there’s so many medications you don’t have to take,” Dotson said. “A lot of times, you can avoid a lot of things.”
Avoiding medication is the reason Denise Yoder chose to attend the series.
“I just thought this would be a kinder, gentler way to deal with aging,” she said.
Martha Stroup, another participant, felt the same.
“I’m really interested in finding out more and more about health things because I’m getting older,” she said.
Dotson was full of advice for the attendees including “Have a buddy – that’s the best thing” and “You’re not coming out of the gym mad – it’s going to make you happy.”
An advocate of healthy living, Dotson plans to eventually get her master’s in nutrition. Working on the summer series has made her consider different options for her post-graduate school future.
“Maybe I want to teach,” she said.
Sassano doesn’t seem to think that’s a bad idea.
“Her knowledge is phenomenal,” she said. “She’s a motivator. She’s enthusiastic and she really loves people.”
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Want to go? The following classes are included in the series:
“Fiber – What’s the Big Deal?” will be held Monday at 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the YMCA Wellness Center.
“Why Practice a Healthy Diet?” will be held July 25 at 9:30 a.m. at the YMCA Wellness Center.
“Vitamins and Minerals” 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

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