AUBURN – The Auburn-Lewiston YMCA will offer a course on nutrition and healthy lifestyles called “Building a Strong You” starting on Wednesday, March 7. The course will focus on learning how to use food to feel good, look good and nourish the body.

It is a chance to ask experts the questions one has about nutrition. The program will also focus on learning new techniques to deal with stress and emotional eating.

The four-week course will be taught by Melissa Bilodeau. She has seven years of experience in rehabilitation, strength and conditioning and nutrition education, with a specialization in water rehab and smoking cessation.

Bilodeau is a licensed athletic trainer and has expertise in helping individuals set, plan and achieve realistic health goals to improve all aspects of their lives.

The course will be held from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. four consecutive Wednesdays. It is open to YMCA members and nonmembers and has a nominal fee for attending. All attendees need to call the YMCA at 795-4095 or stop by the facility at 62 Turner St. to register. There is more information on the program at the YMCA Web site at

The YMCA is also be offering the option of signing up for a six-week combination nutrition class and personal training program. It combines the knowledge of nutrition with the guidance of one-on-one personal training. Contact Doug at the YMCA for more information.

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