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BFMC Offers Nutrition Classes for Cardiac, Pulmonary Rehab Patients

GREENFIELD — Alicia Walter, a Baystate Health dietitian, is offering a series of free monthly nutrition classes. Though geared toward cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation patients, the classes are open to the public. The monthly classes are held on Wednesdays in Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s Conference Room C (except where noted); they are available from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the following dates:

• April 13: “The Power of Protein”
• May 4: “Figuring Out the Fats in Our Diets”
• June 1: “Let’s Explore the Heart-healthy Mediterranean Diet”
• July 6: “A Look at the Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension and Low-sodium Eating Plans”
• Aug. 3: “Learn to be Supermarket-savvy”
• Sept. 7: “Mindful Eating/Learning Healthy Eating Habits of Mind, Part 1”
• Oct. 5: “Mindful Eating/Learning Healthy Eating Habits of Mind, Part 2”
• Nov. 2: “Let’s Cook Something Delicious!”
• Dec. 7: “Join Us for an Informative Supermarket Tour” (Ground Floor Conference Room)

A graduate of UMass Amherst, with a master’s degree in public health nutrition, Walter has worked as a clinical dietitian and nutrition counselor/educator throughout Baystate Health for the past 12 years.

“It is important for people to pay attention to the advice of nutrition experts and how they can best manage their food choices. When they get together in these classes, they can share their experiences and offer support for each other,” she said. “I wanted to offer a wide variety of classes covering all aspects of nutrition, from healthy cooking to the benefits of the various food groups, to food shopping. There is something in each class offered for everyone.”

No pre-registration is necessary, and there is no charge for the classes. For more information, contact Walter at (413) 773-2736 or alicia.walter@baystatehealth.org.

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