Healthy eating classes to “support smart choices”
by Emily McLain
Jan 16, 2014 | 1323 views |  0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Registered dietitian Meredith Mims is now instructing monthly healthy eating classes at Coosa Valley Medical Center. Mims is pictured with a model of five pounds of fat, on the left, versus five pounds of muscle, on the right.
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Registered dietitian Meredith Mims is now instructing monthly healthy eating classes at Coosa Valley Medical Center. Mims is pictured with a model of five pounds of fat, on the left, versus five pounds of muscle, on the right.
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SYLACAUGA – If you made that New Year’s resolution to get healthy or if you have a health issue that requires a special diet, healthy eating classes starting at Coosa Valley Medical Center will teach you how to stay on track.

“We want to use this class to reach out to the community and support smart choices and show people healthier diet and exercise options,” said registered dietitian and class instructor Meredith Mims. “We will have a new topic every month based on feedback and interest. Some of the topics planned are weight loss, a heart-healthy diet, diabetic diet, and grocery shopping. There are endless possibilities for what we could cover.”

The new class next meets on Jan. 28 with the topic of weight loss. Class is held the fourth Tuesday of every month at 5 p.m. in the private dining room at Hickory Street Café. Classes will last 30 minutes to an hour.

The healthy eating class received positive feedback from attendees at its first-ever meeting in October, and the hospital looks forward to growing participation in the program, Mims said.

CVMC marketing coordinator Lindsay Johns said the need for a nutrition class was identified through the hospital’s recent Community Health Needs Assessment, during which community stakeholders identified three areas for the hospital to focus on in the coming years. One area identified was increasing the overall health and wellness of the community.

“That assessment helped us develop priorities, and one of those was to start a healthy eating campaign,” Johns said. “We’ve already made an effort to increase our healthy offerings in Hickory Street Café, and we recently renovated the hospital gym, so the nutrition classes are meant to work with our other efforts to help people eat right and live well.”

Mims said she will share practical tips during the classes, such as ideas for healthy snacks, how to eat well on-the-go, choosing healthier options when eating out, and grocery shopping for success. She also plans to cover common diet mistakes and remedies.

“Portion control is one of the biggest issues people have,” Mims said. “A lot of people are surprised to hear that a serving of meat is just the size of your palm. Another important factor to staying healthy is to balance your diet and exercise. People think you can just diet or just exercise, when really, you’re not maximizing your health unless you are doing both.”

Classes will be suitable for all age groups and both men and women, she said. “Depending on the topic, the classes may target different age groups, different medical conditions, but overall, they will be beneficial for everyone.”

In inquire about the class, contact Mims at 256-401-4028 or meredith.mims@cvhealth.net.

Contact Emily McLain at eadams@dailyhome.com.