Donya Currie is the editor of The Free Lance-Star's Healthy Life section and Healthy Life Virginia newsletter.

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Trying to eat well during the holidays and beyond?

If you’d like a motivational boost to help you enjoy the holiday season without overindulging in fatty foods, mark Dec. 4 on your calendar. That evening, three people with expertise in cultivating a healthy lifestyle will share their wisdom during a community event sponsored by Healthy Life Virginia.

Speakers at the 7  p.m. event include:

  • Dr. Nimali Fernando, of the Doctor Yum Project, who’s well known in the Fredericksburg area for sharing healthy shopping, cooking and snacking strategies through her classes and website.
  • Caroline County resident Becky Tate, who was featured recently in The Free Lance-Star for managing to lose—and keep off—more than 130 pounds after committing to regular exercise and a healthy diet.
  • Registered dietitian Nancy Farrell, of Farrell Dietitian Services in Fredericksburg, who frequently shares her practical dietary wisdom with readers of The Free Lance-Star and Healthy Life Virginia.

The event, which will include a Q/A session with the speakers, will be held at the John F. Fick III Conference Center behind the Lloyd F. Moss Free Clinic on the Mary Washington Hospital campus.

Please check out my story in Sunday’s Healthy Living section for more details. Or, if you have questions about this free event, send me a note at