Help with weight loss is here

Are you battling the bulge or want to lose a few extra pounds before the holidays arrive? Take advantage of an eight-week weight management program in Waynesville or learn how to cook healthy meals in Sylva.

• The Cook Smart, Eat Smart Cooking School will offer classes from 9 a.m. until noon on Wednesdays, Sept. 8, 15, 22 and 29, in Sylva. The curriculum teaches cooking techniques that can be used to build a repertoire of entrees and side dishes to encourage preparing and eating more meals at home. Participants will be involved in hands-on food preparation and get to taste the variety of meals created each session. $35. Register at 828.586.4009 by Sept. 30.

• An eight-week weight loss class will be offered at noon and 5:15 p.m. on Mondays in Waynesville. Classes run from Sept. 27 to Nov. 15 and will consist of a 15 minute confidential sign-in period, a 40-45 minute presentation and a 15-20 minute optional walking routine that will be inside and can vary from gentle to moderate. Prizes will be offered to participants.

$20. To register, contact Jean Burton at 828.456.3575 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Sept. 20.

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