FHN Dietitian to Talk ‘Diabetes 101’ for Give a Ton, Lose a Ton Event

FREEPORT (WIFR) — FHN has announced that it is supporting the YMCA in the national YMCA program Give a Ton, Lose a Ton as the community works to lose 2,000 pounds while donating 2,000 pounds of non-perishable food items to the FACC and Salvation Army. As part of the program, FHN and the YMCA are presenting a number of special Wednesday Speaker Series events.

The first event, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20 in the YMCA lobby at 2998 W. Pearl City Road in Freeport, will feature FHN Dietitian Nicolette Drane, MS, RD, LDN, CDE with a presentation on the basics of diabetes. She’ll talk about the role diet and exercise can play in diabetes prevention and management and will answer questions.

You do not need to be signed up for the free Give a Ton, Lose a Ton program to attend the Wednesday speaker series events. There is no charge or registration required, but a canned food donation is encouraged.

The speaker series will continue on Wednesdays in the YMCA lobby with:

5:30 p.m. March 13 – FHN Pediatrician Adam Angelilli, MD on keeping your child healthy with proper nutrition and exercise
7 p.m. March 20 – YMCA Personal Trainer Bill Beal on the importance of changing your workout routine
5:30 p.m. April 3 – FHN Dietitian Jennifer Gassman RN, LDN, CDE on family nutrition
5:30 p.m. April 17 – YMCA Personal Trainer Cindy Tessendorf on sore joints and your workout

Give a Ton, Lose a Ton is a free program running from Feb. 1 through April 31 aimed at helping people in the community lose a collective 2,000 pounds while donating 2,000 pounds of non-perishable food items to local organizations. Participants must register at the YMCA front desk, where they will be given a pledge sheet and participant number. Participants are asked to seek food donations for every pound they lose, weigh in weekly at the YMCA and self-report their progress so the YMCA can track weight lost. Participants who are not already members of the YMCA will receive a free 2-week pass to work out at the YMCA upon signing up for the program. For more information on Give a Ton, Lose a Ton, call the YMCA at 815-235-9622 or visit www.freeportymca.org.

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