Dietrich offers nutrition, exercise classes

June 19th, 2015 9:19 am

First Posted: 10/6/2014

During the film festival, I had the opportunity to catch “Fed Up,” a documentary about food and physical activity. It really opened my eyes to the health crisis we are facing as a nation in terms of our eating habits and lack of physical activity. Did you know that nearly 1 in 3 children in the United States is characterized as being overweight or obese?

Startling, right?

While that statistic is discouraging, there are programs out there to help. This past year, the Dietrich received funding from the Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation to bring free health and wellness programming to our community. Let me share with you some of the activities we will offer you and your family this month.

In Fun with Food and Games, children ages 6 to 12 years old will learn about healthy diet and lifestyle while making delicious and healthy snacks and trying fun new exercise ideas. Along the way, students will learn how to feel better and feel good about themselves. Classes will be held from 4 to 5:15 p.m. on Thursdays, Oct. 9, 16, 23 and 30. Admission is free.

On those same dates but from 7 to 8:30 p.m., the Dietrich will also offer a nutrition class series for adults called Food As Medicine. Since the dawn of time, food has nourished and healed us, initially through observation and availability, now through scientific research. During this class, we will learn that the food choices we make at mealtime can improve or destroy our health. Instructor and Certified Nutrition Consultant Donna Fetzko will teach us about food that can nourish us, heal us and improve our overall health and well-being.

Each class will contain a lecture component, discussion, healthy recipes and a snack. Admission is free. For more information or to register for either of these offerings, call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500.

We also are presenting free Chair Yoga classes this fall. Chair yoga brings all the benefits of yoga to anyone who may feel challenged by a traditional yoga class. Utilizing traditional yoga poses modified for the chair, muscles and bones are strengthened. Through flowing movements, mobility and flexibility in joints is increased, circulation is improved and an overall sense of well-being can be experienced.

The registered yoga instructor plans each class for safety, with modifications and alternate poses offered to meet the individual needs of the class. It is held from 10 to 11:15 a.m. on Mondays. For more information, call the theater. It is recommended that you consult with your health care practitioner before beginning this or any exercise program.

In addition to offering health and wellness classes this month, the Dietrich is presenting Conversational Spanish classes, a jewelry making workshop, our radio player’s series and more. For details, visit

As you can see, the Dietrich is so much more than the movies!