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Preparing for an eating marathon on Super Bowl Sunday with the YMCA’s Newhouse and Nelson

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YMCA wellness coordinator Gretchen Newhouse and Y Food Forrest coordinator Laurie Nelson in the WIZM studio for La Crosse Talk PM on Feb. 6, 2024.

A healthy conversation on what to eat and when to eat it Tuesday on La Crosse Talk PM with the YMCA’s Dr. Gretchen Newhouse and Laurie Nelson.

The two will be hosting a pair of nutrition workshops at the La Crosse Y on Thursday at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. (sign up here). And, no, they won’t teaching you how to pig out during the Super Bowl.


La Crosse Talk PM airs weekdays at 5:06 p.m. Listen on the WIZM app, online here, or on 92.3 FM / 1410 AM / 106.7 FM (north of Onalaska). Find all the podcasts here or subscribe to La Crosse Talk PM wherever you get your podcasts.


The workshop will focus on the “timing of food” — when you should eat something before an activity and what you should be eating.

We did, however, have some fun with the idea, taking it another level with the Super Bowl. While marathoners need to think about what they eat heading into those 26.2 miles, what does the opposite of that look like? What do we need to do to prepare for a marathon of eating on Super Bowl Sunday?

Also, part of that workshop will be a bit about the La Crosse YMCA’s food forest and how this is the time to start thinking about gardening — and starting those seeds.

Newhouse is the wellness director at the YMCA, while Nelson, a registered nurse, is the Y’s Food Forest coordinator.

Host of WIZM's La Crosse Talk PM | University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduate | Hometown: Greenville, Wis | Avid noonball basketball player and sand volleyballer in La Crosse

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