The ninth session on nutrition was held on March 14th in the second floor classroom at 72 Bank Street as part of the Eighth Annual Greater Fall River Fitness Challenge  The 45-minute discussion led by Southcoast Health Registered Dietitian and Diabetes Educator Amanda Raposo gave participants the chance to ask questions about their own nutrition challenges. The free sessions are being offered each week after each Saturday Challenge as a way to assist people with issues of weight loss and personal health related to diet including a recommendation on food and advice on weight loss. Sponsored by Greater Fall River Re-creation, Partners for a Healthier Community, Saint Anne's Hospital, Southcoast Hospitals, the Fitness Challenge includes programs provided by All Generations Fitness, the Diabetes Association, Inc., Fitness Fusion, FitWorks, General Fitness. Greater Fall River Re-creation, TKO Fitness, Wiggle Kids, and the Fall River YMCA. The Challenge offers low cost opportunities for those who live, work or attend school in the Greater Fall River Area. Click here for photos and video of the Challenge event held just prior to the session and here for photos and video of the Week Eight nutrition group.  For more information, go to or call Greater Fall River ReCreation at 508-679-0922.

(Top row) Participants look over a number of articles that describe the benefits of a low carbohydrate diet, a description of what to eat and what to avoid, and a number of low-carb recipes. (Rows two and three) Registered Dietitian Amanda Raposo of the Southcoast Diabetes Management Program talks about how lowering carbohydrates and increasing fats leads not only to weight loss but also to improved levels of blood cholesterol and triglycerides, both indicators of cardiovascular health, as well as lower blood sugar, an indicator of pre-diabetes. (Row four) Kirsten Slabrinski and her son, Shaun, listen to Amanda's description of the high levels of carbohydrates in popular cereals and shows her mother, Michelle Miner, the information on a web site. (Bottom row) Luisa Tavares remarks about the high level of carbohydrates in a package of snack crackers to Sophia Comas and her daughter, Sarena, before Amanda demonstrates an electronic keytone breath analyzer that can be used to measure one's level of fat burning on a low-carbohydrate diet.

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