Healthy nutrition classes to be held at Dempsey Center

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LEWISTON — The Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute and the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer, Hope & Healing will present a five-part nutrition and cooking class series in March.

“Nutrition for Life” will offer participants the opportunity to explore the benefits of good food for disease prevention, treatment and general wellness, according to Mary Doyle, program manager at the Dempsey Center.

“Participants will finish the series with quick and healthy recipes that will increase the intake of protective nutrients for participants and their families,” Doyle said.

The program will be presented from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays beginning March 3 and concluding March 31 at the Dempsey Center, fifth floor, 29 Lowell St. The final installment of the series will be a grocery store tour at the Lewiston Hannaford with dietitian Hillary Pride.

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Topics for the classroom setting are “Get Your Greens” (March 3), “Meatless Meals Made Easy” (March 10), “Immune Boosting Foods” (March 17) and “Meal Planning for Better Health” (March 24). Registration is limited to 25 people.

The classes will be presented by registered licensed dietitian Amanda Ettinger.

Ettinger graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University with bachelor’s degrees in accounting and applied human nutrition. She completed an integrated dietetic internship. Her background includes work in diabetes education, long-term care, bariatric surgery, food service management, and as a clinical dietitian in a number of small, rural hospitals. She works with cancer patients at Central Maine Medical Center and through the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer, Hope & Healing.

For more information or to register for the five-part program, call the Dempsey Center at 795-8250.

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