Healthy eating is topic of YMCA series kicking off Wednesday in Port Angeles

By Diane Urbani de la Paz
Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — It sounds intense, but “Healthy Eating Boot Camp” is doable, Jennifer Veneklasen believes.

Veneklasen, Healthy Lifestyles director at the Olympic Peninsula YMCA, is inviting the public to this new series starting Wednesday at the Y, 302 S. Francis St.

Participants must sign up for the whole four-week series, Veneklasen noted. The cost is $20 for YMCA members and $25 for non-members.

Dr. Janelle Doolittle, the Port Angeles naturopathic physician who’ll teach the four-session course, “is passionate about food as medicine,” Veneklasen said.

A graduate of Seattle’s Bastyr University, Doolittle “teaches in a totally non-judgmental, non-intimidating way.”

One of the best things one can do for personal and family health, Doolittle added, is to eat well.

“This boot camp will help you,” she said, to choose good foods while modeling healthy eating for your children.

Doolittle’s sessions start at 6 p.m. each Wednesday.


Topics and dates are:

■   Wednesday — Whole foods eating and digestive health.

■   Jan. 22 — “Sweet Talk” on types of sweeteners and their impact on health and blood sugar.

■   Jan. 29 — “Fats: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.”

■   Feb. 5 — “Planning for Eating Well” with shopping tips, easy snack recipes and meal planning.

“You’ll learn not only the science behind good eating,” Veneklasen said, but also “how to weave more of it into your daily life.”

To register, phone 360-452-9244.


Features Editor Diane Urbani de la Paz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5062, or at

Last modified: January 12. 2014 7:27PM
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