Want to eat healthier and better manage your weight in the new year? Many people make New Year’s resolutions to improve their health and well-being, but few people stick with them. To be successful, goals need to be specific and measurable. You need to be patient in working toward them and schedule adequate time to work on them. You’ll have more success if you share your goals with friends and family. And lastly, making some improvement toward reaching your goals is better than nothing, so don’t get discouraged. If you stumble, get back up and recommit.  RVNA can provide help.

Starting Jan. 2, we will be offering an eight-week class titled Women’s Nutrition & Lifestyle for Weight Management. The class will be led by Meg Whitbeck, RVNA’s registered dietitian and nutrition educator. Participants will set reasonable weight-loss goals and share support and encouragement within the group, while Meg will provide education, strategies and techniques (including recipes, cooking demonstrations and tastings) to make goal achievement more attainable. An individual, hands-on food and fitness journal will be used by participants to keep track of their progress and maintain accountability.

Meetings will be weekly on Tuesday evenings at RVNA, 27 Governor Street, from Jan. 2 to Feb. 20, 6:30 to 8 p.m. The fee is $159 and pre-registration and payment are required. Meg is also available for individual consultations at RVNA. To learn more or enroll, call RVNA at 203-438-5555, email info@ridgefieldvna.org or visit ridgefieldvna.org/nutrition-programs.

Best wishes for a happy and healthy new year from RVNA.