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Eat to Heal: Chronic Disease and a Plant- based Diet will be the focus of a Feb. 7 program presented by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota (UUCS) Freethinkers. The guest speaker will be Jill Edwards, a clinical exercise physiologist and nutrition educator, a news release says. The program will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at 11:30 a.m. at the UUCS, located at 3975 Fruitville Road in Sarasota. Admission is free. This Freethinkers' Briefing will consider that, all too often, "disease treatments focus only on the symptoms, not the causes," the release points out. "Changing what we eat can reduce the risks associated with chronic disease and bring about significant improvements in our health," according to Edwards, the release adds. Edwards received her Bachelor of Arts in education from the University of Michigan and her Master of Science in exercise sci- ence from Oakland University, the release continues. In addition to her being a nutrition educator, she is also an exercise physiologist in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation at Sarasota Memorial Hospital and a public speaker, the release notes. Edwards is enrolled in the University of South Florida's Public Health Graduate Certificate Program. She is a certified clinical exercise specialist through the American College for Sports Medicine, and she holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the Center for Nutrition Studies, the release continues. She has attended Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn's Heart Disease Reversal Program at the Cleveland Clinic and works under the supervision of The Unitarian Universalist Church is located at 3975 Fruitville Road in Sarasota. File photo UUCS FREETHINKERS TO PRESENT EAT TO HEAL PROGRAM RELIGION BRIEFS

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