Hickory – Good nutrition is a key component to good health. Beginning Monday, May 14, 2018, a four week course on incorporating a Mediterranean-style eating pattern into your diet to improve your health will be offered at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library. Sessions begin at 6:00 pm and will be held on May 14 and 21 and June 4 and 11. Learn how to make healthy eating choices while still enjoying delicious food.

Topics will include:

· Change Your Protein
· Swap Your Fats
· Vegetables and Fruits
· Whole Grains and Rethink Your Sweets

The instructors for the series are Hickory native, Delane Mitchell, Dietetic Intern with Cooperative Extension and Ann Simmons, Extension Agent Family & Consumer Sciences with North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension.

MED instead of MEDS is a nutrition education program that focuses on healthy eating to reduce the risk of chronic diseases. The MED way of eating is based on the Mediterranean diet which emphasizes plant foods, healthy fats and lean protein. The program was developed by nutritionists and health professionals from North Carolina State University and the North Carolina Division of Public Health and includes seven simple steps that can help people adopt a healthier way of eating. More information can be found at the website: http://medinsteadofmeds.com/.

The Mediterranean Diet: Med Instead of Meds series is free and open to the public. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Register online at www.hickorync.gov/content/library-events or call 828-304-0500 ext. 7235. Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 3rd Street NE on the SALT Block.