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Are you hungry?

Kelley Raetzsch, a registered dietitian, got in touch recently to let me know she’s leading an 8-week workshop this holiday season to help people understand why they eat — and to help them stop overeating. The workshop is based on the Am I Hungry? mindful eating approach created by Dr. Michelle May, an author, physician and former yo-yo dieter.

Raetzsch said she recently completed the Am I Hungry? facilitator training program and will begin leading her workshop series on Thursday, Dec. 2 at the Ron Rosner Family YMCA in Spotsylvania County.  The cost is $250 and includes the 8 meetings, a workbook called “Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat,” and an awareness journal, “Eat Mindfully, Live Vibrantly.”

If the cost is prohibitive, Raetzsch is also offering a  free class called “Holiday Eating: Tune in to Your Hunger.” The first sessions are tomorrow — from 11 a.m. to noon, and from 6-7 p.m., at the Ron Rosner Family YMCA in Spotsylvania. She’ll hold the class again the following Thursday, Nov. 18, at the same times and place.

To register for the free class or get more information about the workshop series, contact Raetzsch at 540/847-7706 or The workshops will be held Thursday evenings at the Y from 6-7:30 p.m.

Raetzsch describes herself as a dietitian “specializing in non-diet weight management, eating disorders, and general wellness and nutrition.”