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Lecture set to focus on healthy holiday cooking

ALBANY, Ga. -- The focus will be on "Cooking for the Holidays" for the Dougherty County Health Department's next program as part of its lecture and luncheon series.

The lecture is set to take place from noon-1 p.m. Friday in the health department's education center. At the event, participants will receive tips on how to revise common holiday recipes into healthier options.

"This year before Christmas, we thought we would have a lecture on how to live healthy (during the holiday season)," said Dougherty Adult Health Director Vamella Lovett.

The guest speaker will be Jodie Zelman, a registered dietitian at Palmyra Medical Center. Cookbooks with more than 100 recipes will be given away at the event.

More than 70 people had already registered for the lecture as of Tuesday afternoon. While that is close to capacity, Lovett is still encouraging more people to sign up.

"We have had people call in and cancel before," she said.

The adult health director said she attributes the public interest in the program to an increased awareness of what it takes to establish overall well-being.

"I think a lot of people in the community want to try to do things right, but we all like tasting good food during the holidays," Lovett said. "Whenever we have an opportunity, we want to do something to (impact) change in individuals.

"We want to do things to maintain a person's health."

The health department is located at 1710 S. Slappey Blvd. To ensure adequate seating and food is available, interested parties are encouraged to register in advance by calling (229) 430-6230.

The deadline to register is 5 p.m. Thursday.