Eating in or out, healthy is the goal

By Portia Williams -

Valuable information for adopting a healthy lifestyle continues to be shared at the Lose and Win For Life sessions. The sixth of the nine series of classes was held Tuesday, entitled, ‘Eating Healthy – In and Out.’

Principles for healthy eating are not restricted to home life, but are also applicable to dining out, according to Dawn Richards, RN and Southern Ohio Lose and Win For Life class facilitator.

Richards told The Daily Times that teaching the principles first begins with developing relationships with people.

“It begins with relationships, and I don’ mean that in a casual way,” Richards said. “Whether I am talking to grown ups, or I’m talking to you, if you’re going to change the way somebody goes through the drive through you have to have a relationship with them. So that when they’re going through the drive through, they will think about the things they heard before they get there. People are more apt to take heed to what they’ve learned or heard the more familiar they are with an individual. It doesn’t start with just walking in and saying, “You guys have got to stop doing it this way, or that way,” it just doesn’t work that way.”

Tammy Moore of Lucasville, has been a part of the Lose and Win For Life at the Portsmouth Public Library. Moore said she has learned a lot from the classes, and wishes that more children could learn about it in the schools.

“I think this is a great class. I think they should actually do it through more schools,” Moore said. “There are a lot of kids out there also that are over weight, and my grandson is one of them. One of the things that has really impacted my life most is the label reading, the use of sodium, and things like that. There is so much that you can learn from reading labels. I never even practiced label reading until Dawn started talking about it in the classes. Now it is something I do on a regular basis.”

Richards insists that making necessary changes to adopt healthy eating habits does take some time.

“Now, that may take a couple of months just to get to where you are think about it before you go,” Richards said. “So you’ve got a plan, and that’s where it starts. But you must be patient with yourself, but taking action is a must.”

Week six of Lose and Win provided discussion topics such as Eating Healthy on a Budget, Getting Facts on Fast Foods, The Truth About Salt, 10 Tips on Choosing Whole-Grain Foods, and more.

As the nine-week series moves closer to it’s conclusion, the SOMC Lose and Win For Life week seven will be held at the Portsmouth Public Library on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 11:30 a.m.

By Portia Williams

Reach Portia Williams at 740-464-3862, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.

Reach Portia Williams at 740-464-3862, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.