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8-week class teaches healthier eating habits

Recipes, strategies included in Morris Hospital course

Morris Hospital is offering an eight-week program called Eat Real for anyone who wants to eat healthier and improve their health.

Classes will meet 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, June 4 through July 23, in Whitman Room 1 on the hospital’s lower level, 150 W. High St., Morris.

Classes will include nutrition education with a focus on snacking, breakfast, salads, chocolate, Mediterranean foods, spices and plant-based recipes. There’s even one week devoted to making healthy pizza. Participants will get to sample a different recipe each week and will have weekly assignments to complete.

“Diet is such a big part of our health, yet often we don’t take the time to prepare healthy meals,” said Leigh Anne Hall, wellness manager at Morris Hospital. “Eat Real focuses on recipes and meal planning that use real food instead of convenience foods. It’s a great way to increase your appetite for natural and healthful foods and gain confidence in the grocery store and kitchen. After completing the class, we hope participants will look forward to being asked, ‘What’s for dinner tonight?’ ”

A course fee is involved and includes all the tools needed, including a copy of "Eat REAL Cookbook," a one-year subscription to more 1,000 recipes on, a wipe-erase REAL food daily defender checklist, and a food shopping list notepad.

Seating is limited. Reservations can be made online at or by calling 815-705-7364.

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