Takoma Regional plans nutrition, living will lectures

Posted on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 6:48 pm

Takoma Regional Hospital is planning two health-related lectures in early November.

On Wednesday, Nov. 6, dietitian Joanie Scott will present a lecture at the YMCA in Greeneville on healthy holiday eating.

The holidays are often a good excuse to push aside the diet plan and eat anything — and everything — in sight. Statistics show many people gain between five and 10 pounds during the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.

“It is possible to eat sensibly during the holidays,” Scott said. “We don’t eat like that the rest of the year, so we don’t have to eat that way during the holidays, either. By following just a few healthy guidelines, weight gain can be avoided.”

Samples of healthy alternatives to traditional holiday food will be provided at the meeting. Recipes will also be available.

“Healthy food can be tasty,” Scott said.

The topic will take a more serious tone the following day with the lecture on living wills.

Lori Grabner, guest speaker for the lecture, said that unexpected, end-of-life events can happen at any age.

“That is why living wills are so important, Grabner said.

Also called advanced directives, living wills allow adults to make thoughtful decisions about their future health care in the event they are incapacitated and unable to make the decision for themselves.

The lecture will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Roby Fitzgerald Adult Center at Takoma Regional Hospital.

Both lectures are free and open to the public.

For more information about either lecture, call Tina Chudina, Takoma’s community relations specialist, at 423-798-8110.

-From Contributed Reports

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