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Luncheon to offer health tips for women

Fitness and nutrition experts to suggest steps to healthier lifestyles

POSTED: April 30, 2012 12:39 a.m.

Women can learn tips on how to live healthier from a panel of experts Thursday at WomenSource’s Brown Bag Lunch.

The luncheon begins at noon at Frances Meadows Aquatic and Community Center, 1545 Community Way in Gainesville.

This month’s theme is “Small Changes — Big Impact: Nutrition & Fitness for Every Woman.” The panel includes Sheenagh King, Jennifer Loggins and Emily Reed, who are all experts in healthy living, including nutrition and fitness.

“There are little things you can do to live a healthier lifestyle,” said Michele Piucci, marketing and communications chair for WomenSource.

A catered lunch will be provided and includes a salad bar, veggie and hummus wraps and fresh fruit.

King is a registered and licensed dietitian and expert on fitness and managing weight. She works full time for the Center of Bariatric and Vascular Surgery at the Longstreet Clinic and also works part time for the YMCA, where she provides education and instruction on nutrition and fitness.

“Women in our culture need to think of food differently,” she said. “Food is fuel for our body and just as you take care of your home, garden, car, nails, you need to be thinking about the quality of the food you eat because it does impact your health.”

King will be speaking about the small changes women can make in their nutrition that can have a great impact on their health.

She helps people to understand “... that the decisions that you make every day set you on a health course for the rest of your life.”

Loggins owns and operates both BodyPlex locations in Gainesville and Oakwood, which are fitness clubs that include exercise and fitness equipment and fitness classes and training for both individuals and groups. She also holds several certifications and degrees in personal training, group fitness, exercise programs and diet and nutrition.

Reed is assistant vice president at Chattahoochee Bank of Georgia. She is also certified in personal training and teaches fitness classes and training at BodyPlex.

Piucci said the panel will “point out the smaller things that can make a bigger impact to make it easier for women to make those changes.”

This month’s outreach agency for the luncheon is the Junior League of Gainesville-Hall County. Women can bring food that won’t spoil, such as canned items, to donate to the Junior League’s Feeding Our Future program.

WomenSource is a nonprofit organization formed by the Junior League, United Way of Hall County and North Georgia Community Foundation. It seeks to help women in the community personally and professionally.

WomenSource holds the Brown Bag Luncheons the first Thursday of every month. Piucci said topics for each lunch mostly come from the surveys the women who attend fill out at each luncheon.

Each month features an outreach agency that the attendees are asked to bring donations for.

“That sort of helps everybody in attendance to give back to the community,” Piucci said.

The luncheon is open to the public. The cost to attend is $5 for members and $6 for nonmembers.

Reservation to attend the luncheon is required by 5 p.m. Tuesday. To register, you can call WomenSource at 770-503-9060, send an email to womensource@yahoo.com or sign up at www.WomenSource.info.

Savannah King contributed to this article.

 


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