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Three experts in cultivating a healthy lifestyle will share informative and inspirational advice Dec. 4 during a free community gathering called Healthy Eating for the Holidays and Beyond.

Caroline County resident Becky Tate will discuss how she managed to lose—and keep off—more than 130 pounds after committing to regular exercise and a healthful diet.

Registered dietitian Nancy Farrell of Farrell Dietitian Services will talk about ways to enjoy holiday parties, buffets and office treats without overindulging.

And Dr. Nimali Fernando, the creator of the Doctor Yum Project, will share shopping, cooking and snacking strategies that can help families eat well during the holidays and beyond.

A question-and-answer session will follow their presentations, giving audience members a chance to get more insights into how to overcome obstacles to eating well and embrace a healthy lifestyle.

The gathering will be held at 7 p.m. at the John F. Fick III Conference Center, behind the Lloyd F. Moss Free Clinic at 1301 Sam Perry Blvd. in Fredericksburg. It’s on the Mary Washington Hospital campus, and parking is in a lot behind the free clinic.

The event is sponsored by Healthy Life Virginia, a free e-newsletter produced each weekday morning by The Free Lance–Star.

There’s no charge to attend the event and registration is not required, but it is appreciated; please send a note to if you plan to attend.

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WHAT: “Healthy Eating for the Holidays and Beyond” community event

WHEN: Dec. 4 at 7 p.m.

WHERE: John F. Fick III Conference Center, behind the Lloyd F. Moss Free Clinic at 1301 Sam Perry Blvd.

COST: Admission is free.

Janet Marshall: 540/374-5527;