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Learn about fitness and smart eating during free event

A healthy, fit lifestyle is not complicated, especially when professionals outline a basic approach for attaining it. Adventist Midwest Health is offering “Common Sense Fitness and a Five-Step Plan for Smart Eating in 2010,” a free 90-minute lecture of two presentations that give participants the basics of healthful eating and exercise.

Two locations will offer this event and both feature the expert advice of Chef Laura Valcour, chef-instructor of the Chicago-based Chefs for a Day, and Suzanne Gray, owner of Right Fit Sport Fitness Wellness in Willowbrook.

The first, sponsored by Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Community House, 415 W. Eighth Street, Hinsdale. The second, sponsored by Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan 19 at the hospital’s Dixon Auditorium, 5101 S. Willow Springs Road, La Grange.

“People often are overwhelmed with all the information out there about how to eat right and exercise safely – especially this time of year,” said Brian Westbury, community outreach manager for Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. “The purpose of this event is to provide basic, fundamental tips and plans to people who don’t know how to get started.”

In just five easy steps, Valcour will explain ways to make good food choices. She suggests planning menus, shopping for seasonal foods and using shortcuts such as 30-minute meals and crockpots. She will also demonstrate time-saving kitchen tricks and offer delicious food samples.

And as for a daily workout, forget the health club. Gray will illustrate how household items such as broomsticks and tennis balls can enhance a person’s beginning fitness regime and take him or her to the next level of exercise.

“For those people who want to start a healthy routine in 2010, we hope this is a simple, practical approach for them,” Westbury said.

Registration is required the day before the event. Call (630) 856-7525.

Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit