The third session on nutrition held as part of the Eighth Annual Greater Fall River Fitness Challenge  brought over 25 people to the second floor classroom at 72 Bank Street for an hour discussion about nutrition and diabetes led by Southcoast Health Registered Dietitian and Diabetes Educator Amanda Raposo  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, Striking Beauties, 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 an 46-minute video of the discussion. Click here for photos of the Challenge event held just prior to the session. For more information, go to or call Greater Fall River ReCreation at 508-679-0922 and ask for Annemarie Holly.

(Top row) Registered Dietitian Amanda Raposo of the Southcoast Diabetes Management Program welcomes Challenge participants to the second-floor classroom at the Bank Street Armory where the Nutrition Challenge sessions take place each Saturday until May. (Row two) Challenge participants ask questions about diabetes and pre-diabetes, a condition that affects a third of the Fall River population, many of whom do not know. (Bottom row) Ms. Raposo talks with Challenge participants Sophie Comas and Louisa Tavares and makes some dietary recommendations on low-carbohydrate diets and and advice on weight loss for those who have concerns about developing diabetes or who are currently diabetic.

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