Fansciscan's Healthy Lifestyle Series starts Jan. 25 with noted nutritionist

A leading nutritionist, a celebrity TV chef and a national fitness expert will be featured speakers at the 2005 Franciscan Healthy Lifestyle Series.

The fourth annual event, sponsored by St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way and the Franciscan Health System, begins this month andn continues through March in Tacoma to inspire adults to live healthier lives, eat better food and exercise more.

All the presentations will be at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center in downtown Tacoma.

The series will begin at 7 Jan. 25 with Elizabeth Somer, a registered dietitian and author of eight books, including top-sellers “Age-Proof Your Body” and “Food & Mood.” She will discuss science-based, common-sense nutrition strategies that she said help people lose weight, become more energetic and feel younger.

The second speaker, scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 22 , is Curtis Aikens, a Food Network chef and author of “Curtis Cooks With Soul” and “Curtis Aikens’ Guide to the Harvest.” He will do a weight-reduction cooking demonstration.

Aikens, a diabetic who lost 50 pounds through his own culinary regimen, said he knows about cooking for weight-loss from his personal experiences.

Concluding the series at 7 p.m. March 29 will be Robyn Stuhr, an exercise physiologist, director of the Women’s Sports Center in New York and host of the popular DVD series titled “Keeping Fit in Your 50s.” She will offer tips for embracing exercise, becoming active and being physically fit at any age.

Tickets cost $15 per lecture or $40 for the series. Tickets may be purchased on-line at or by calling 1-888-825-3227.

The event also showcases local healthcare programs.

About 2,000 people attended last year’s series, organizers said.

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