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Mindful eating

If you eat when you’re not really hungry and keep eating long past the point of fullness, you  might be interested in an 8-week course that starts Feb. 3. Local dietitian Kelley Raetzsch will lead the sessions, which are focused on helping people learn to eat more mindfully.

The course — called “Am I Hungry?” — is based on the mindful-eating approach created by Dr. Michelle May, an author, physician and former yo–yo dieter. The upcoming classes will be held Thursdays,  from 10 to 11:30 a.m., at 3300 Bourbon St. in the Bowman Center.

The cost is $250, Raetzsch said, and includes workshop materials. For more details, about the program, visit (where you can take a quiz that helps you understanding your eating habits). For more details about Raetzsch or the classes she leads, visit or e-mail Raetzsch at