If you want to lose weight but don't know where to start or the healthy way to do it, you could hire a dietitian for $75 to $150 an hour -- or you could take a 12-week class from a dietitian for $120.
Registered dietitian Jennifer James teaches "Loving It and Losing It" at Ogden Regional Medical Center in Washington Terrace several times a year. The next session begins
Robert Buckley of Pleasant View took the class earlier this year to learn to be healthier after quadruple bypass surgery.
"I didn't feel I had the proper knowledge of how to eat," he said. "She taught us everything you should know throughout your life, but so many of us don't think about. You can plan your meals so that at the end of the day you're getting what you need. Your brain works better. You think better and you're not as exhausted. She has helped me tremendously. She's an extremely caring person."
Pamala Bates, a billing coordinator for the pharmacy at Ogden Regional Medical Center, said she didn't have much weight to lose, but wanted to take the class to learn how to eat healthfully.
"I learned a lot about reading labels, eating out and ordering the right foods on the menu," she said.
"Loving It and Losing It" is at noon or 6 p.m. on Thursdays, Sept. 13 through Dec. 6. James said students will stay accountable by weighing in each week and turning in a food diary.