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Zonta Club Event on April 8 to Focus on Self-care for Women

LUDLOW — Self-care means taking the time to do things that help you live well, better manage stress, lower your risk of illness, increase your energy, and improve your overall physical and mental health. Too often, however, women’s self-care takes a back seat to care for everyone else.

On Monday, April 8 at Ludlow Country Club, the Zonta Club of Quaboag Valley will host two women entrepreneurs determined to raise awareness about why women need to shift the focus and how even small acts of self-care in one’s daily life can have a big impact.

Featured speaker Jen Belanger is a registered dietitian focused on self-care from a food perspective. She appears regularly on WWLP’s Mass Appeal, showcasing recipes and healthy-eating tips, and hosts a podcast, “Mom, What’s For Dinner?” for parents who need help navigating the muddy waters of feeding their kids. She will dispel the myths of dieting and share how healthy eating can be fun. Attendees are invited to submit questions and be prepared to leave with practical ideas that will improve their outlook on self-care.

Shannan Swinton, CEO of Shandoll’s Beauty Lounge, uses natural ingredients to create skin-care products that improve both skin health and self-confidence. Attendees will get a chance to learn about her products and services and even purchase a selection of soaps, scrubs, and lotions, starting at 5:30 p.m. She accepts cash, cards, or Venmo.

The public is invited to the event at Ludlow Country Club, with the gathering starting at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m., followed by the program. Attendees can pay at the door for the buffet ($28), but RSVP is required by April 4 by emailing info@zontaqv.org. Questions can be directed to Mary Knight, Zonta Club secretary, at (413) 219-8260.