The sixth session on nutrition was held on February 21st in the second floor classroom at 72 Bank Street as part of the Eighth Annual Greater Fall River Fitness Challenge  The half-hour 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 Five group.  For more information, go to or call Greater Fall River ReCreation at 508-679-0922.

(Top row) Registered Dietitian Amanda Raposo of the Southcoast Diabetes Management Program begins the group by reviewing some of the points that were covered in previous session about reducing carbohydrates and increasing dietary fats as a way to achieve weight loss or maintenance. (Row two) Ms. Raposo recommends Why We Get Fat., a book by Science Writer Gary Taubes, that explains how weight gain happens while Linda Mae and Leonard Pittsley recommend the approach. (Row three) Ms. Raposo holds a logo for the Southeast Massaschusetts Agricultural Partnership that maintains a web site listing local products from farms. (Bottom row) Ms. Raposo holds a package of butter from grass-fed cows which she recommends as one of the best fats to use in cooking before Tara Greenwood poses a question about her own diet.

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