News Release

January 20, 2006

Contact: Carolyn Pennington, 860-679-4864

Let's Go Shopping!

A New Class Offers Tips to Decipher Food Labels

FARMINGTON, CONN. – Baffled by butter substitutes? Crazed by cholesterol? Tempted by trans fats?

Learn the ins and outs of food labels while touring a virtual grocery story with registered dietitian Linda York on Monday, January 30, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the UConn Health Center.

“Let’s Go Shopping” will help you decipher food labels with an eye toward identifying items that are better for your health and those that might not be so good for you. New federal regulations that went into effect at the beginning of the year require food manufacturers to spell out amounts of trans fat along with total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol on nutrition labels. York will also help you successfully maneuver through the supermarket aisles by helping you choose the healthiest options when buying snacks, convenience items, frozen foods and more.

Another program led by York is “Less is More! Planning for Good Health.” This class offers vital information for those looking to eat healthier and drop some extra pounds. York will give you the facts about fad diets, offer healthful tips when eating out, show you how to work exercise into your daily routine and help you develop your own weight loss strategies. The class is ideal for people who have pre-diabetes, cardiac problems or are just trying to control their weight. It is offered the second Monday of every month, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the UConn Health Center.

The fee for both classes is $20 and they are held at the Dowling South Building, 2nd Floor, Internal Medicine Department, at the UConn Health Center. Register by calling 800-535-6232 or 860-679-7692.

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