YMCAs across Baton Rouge are celebrating National Nutrition Month in March with programs teaching good eating habits and how to make informative food choices.

National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign supported annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Throughout the month, the YMCA will offer the free classes to provide information on making informative food choices and developing sound eating habits. Classes will be provided on:

March 11: 6 p.m. at the Paula G. Manship YMCA, 8100 YMCA Plaza Drive. Call (225) 767 9622.

March 18: 11 a.m. at the ExxonMobil YMCA, 7717 Howell Blvd. Call (225) 906-5424.

March 25: 6:30 p.m. at the C.B. Pennington Jr. YMCA, 15550 Old Hammond Highway. Call (225) 272-9622.

March 25: 5:30 p.m. at the Dow Westside YMCA, 3688 Sugar Plantation Parkway. Call (225) 687-3325.

March 26: 6:30 p.m. at the A. C. Lewis YMCA, 350 S. Foster Drive. Call (225) 924-3606.

The YMCA offers these tips to meet your lifestyles nutritional needs:

Busy work and travel days lead to fast-paced meals and easy grabs. To prevent the fast food pit stops, keep single-serving packages of nuts, fruit, peanut butter or nutrition bars at hand.

The student life is also fast-paced and low-budget. However, making health-savvy choices is easy with the right foods. On your next grocery run, pick up these health foods: apples with peanut butter, carrots and hummus, hardboiled eggs and fruit, banana and yogurt, almonds, low-fat cheese and whole-grained cereal.

Caring for family, whether children, elderly parents or both, can be a handful. However, family meals allow parents to be role models and promoters toward healthy eating. For healthy fixes, keep meals simple. Create a collection of recipes that are quick and easy to make. Use ingredients that can be used for more than one meal. For example, cook extra grilled chicken to be used in a salad or fajita.

To learn more ways to create a healthy lifestyle, visit ymcabr.org/healthyfamilyhome.

Speaker to discuss time at Sun Records

Barbara Barnes Sims will share anecdotes of her years at Sun Records in Memphis during a 2 p.m. Saturday program at the Jones Creek Regional Branch Library.

Sims will talk about her time at the record company when young recording artists Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison were under contract there.

Call (225) 756-1180.

Runnels School hosting Redemptorist Day

Runnels School is hosting “Redemptorist Day at Runnels” from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Feb. 27 in the Gladys Hague Runnels Theater on the school’s South Harrell’s Ferry Road campus.

Redemptorist High School families interested in Runnels School are invited to attend, school officials said.

Contact Southeast Advocate Editor Darlene Denstorff by phone, (225) 336-6952 or (225) 603-1998; or email southeast@theadvocate.com. Deadline: noon Monday.