‘Health for the Holidays’ presented at Scottsdale resort

Holistic Nutritionist Susan Valandra (submitted photo)

Holiday parties, seasonal treats at the office, and those dreaded buffets… the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day can be a minefield for people trying to maintain their weight and healthy habits.

For a bit of practical advice and tips for staying healthy, the Spa at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North will offer “Health for the Holidays and Beyond,” a series of classes designed to help participants focus on wellness during and after the holiday season.

Open to the public, the complimentary classes will be led by Susan Valandra, a holistic nutritionist certified by the National Association of Nutrition Professionals and health coach at Scottsdale-based Brilliance Nutrition & Lifestyle.

She will share simple, easy recipes and tips for maintaining weight and wellness during the holidays.

Lia Rowland, director of The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale said the goal is to help both resort guests and local residents learn how to enjoy the holiday season while making good choices when it comes to eating, exercising and holiday stress.

“And for those who may want to shed a few pounds after the holidays, we are also offering a January class on how to lose weight and maintain weight loss,” Ms. Rowland said in a prepared statement.

Kicking off the series will be “Health for the Holidays” at 2 p.m. Nov. 24 at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale. This class will educate participants about how to have a healthy holiday season without missing out on indulgences.

Ms. Valandra will share holiday recipes for food and drinks and teach participants how to make good decisions when faced with food temptations.

“Healthy Food the Whole Family Will Love” will be held at 2 p.m. Dec. 29. This class is designed for families with children who struggle with finding recipes that are nutrient-dense and kid-approved.

Ms. Valandra will share simple, easy to prepare recipes that are loaded with nutrients that both parents and kids will enjoy. Topics will include meal planning and ways that children can get involved in the kitchen, too.

“Simple and Sustainable Weight Loss” will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 20. Designed for those who have weight loss and health improvement goals, this class will teach participants how to implement weight loss foods and practices into their diet and lifestyle. It will leave them feeling empowered to make changes to reach their ideal weight — and stay there — with ease.

Ms. Valandra is a board certified holistic nutritionist. She and her business partner Terra Rose Ganem operate Brilliance Nutrition & Lifestyle, a Scottsdale-based health and wellness practice that works to educate and empower clients on healthy eating principles, how to alkalize the diet, and how to avoid environmental pollutants.

They also create customized nutritional & lifestyle plans for those who need extra support in healing and meeting their health goals.

For information about “Health for the Holidays and Beyond,” contact The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at 480-513-5145. Each of the classes is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North is at 10600 E. Crescent Moon Drive, Scottsdale.

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