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Eat out, still eat healthy: Here's how

Would you like to learn how you can dine at area restaurants several times a week and still eat healthy? Or perhaps, to find out exactly what kinds of carbohydrates ("carbs") and fats are necessary for a well-balanced diet?

Then you might want to check out the upcoming course offerings at "DLCCC University," a series of monthly, 30-minute informative sessions geared toward educating the public about healthy living.

Since September, the staff at the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center has been offering the monthly sessions at a relatively low cost of $5 per session.

The next session is scheduled for this Tuesday, Oct. 24, from 5:30-6 p.m. Entitled "Restaurants: You Can Eat Out and Still Be Healthy," the class will be taught by DLCCC personal trainer Nancy Hebert.

"Brent (Wolf, DLCCC program director) and I were thinking about things we'd like to offer our members, and the community as a whole," Hebert recalled. During their discussions, they came up with the idea of offering short, informative sessions that would help answer the burning questions about nutrition and exercise that the general public really wants to know, but find themselves either too embarrassed to ask or at a loss about who to approach for answers.

"Not everyone has easy access to a doctor or dietician to answer these questions," she explained, "so we thought maybe we could. We tried to focus on topics people might be confused about, such as the advantages of a 'low carb' vs. a 'low fat' diet."

In fact, the latter will be the focus of the two remaining sessions in the fall series.

The Nov. 28 session will focus on "Carbs -- What's Good and Not So Good," while the Dec. 19 session will be about "Fats... Yes, You Do Need Some."

Hebert said the information given out at these sessions will be in "everyday language," with as little industry jargon used as possible.

If there is sufficient interest, there is a possibility that more sessions will be added in 2007, Hebert said.

"The sessions are open to everyone with an interest in living a healthier life, or with questions (about nutrition and exercise) that need answering," she added. Cost is just $5 per session, which makes it very affordable. There is also no pre-registration required, Hebert added.

"You can come in (to the DLCCC) ahead of time and pay the $5, or show up on the night of the class," she said.

For more information, contact Nancy Hebert or Brent Wolf at the DLCCC, 218-844-4221.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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