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"Optimal Nutrition for the Weekend Athlete" with Irene Durham, MS


Across the country, triathlon and marathon participation are at an all-time high. For the most part, participants in these challenging events are highly motivated and disciplined. However, lack of good nutrition can damage race-day performance and can lead to long-term injuries and health problems. Many nutrition programs for weekend athletes focus on race or event day nutrition. However, what an athlete eats and drinks during the weeks and months leading up to the event is actually more important than what he or she eats on race day. This program will focus on the role of protein, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins, minerals, and water on physical performance; alkaline/acidity balance and how to prevent some of the acidity associated with heavy training; supplements reported to help with performance and prevent muscle fatigue; dietary approaches for reducing muscle pain; and race or event day nutrition. Case studies will be presented. Irene Durham recently completed the Masters in Holistic Nutrition program at Hawthorn University. Prior to studying nutrition, she was a medical writer who developed continuing education programs for physicians and other healthcare professionals. Irene serves on the Education Committee for the National Association of Nutrition Professionals and she sees clients at her company, Head First Nutrition.