The Ottawa YMCA is pleased to announce that we have added Lauren Winters, RD, LDN to our staff. Lauren Winters is a Registered Dietitian and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist who lives in Ottawa, Illinois. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Dietetics at Olivet Nazarene University, and completed her Dietetic internship at the University of Michigan Hospitals. She has worked as a Dietitian in the long-term care setting of a nursing home as well as the short-term care setting of a hospital. She has provided nutrition and food education in businesses and community organizations as well as in one-on-one sessions. Lauren recently solo hiked the Southern portion of the Appalachian Trail, traveling from West Virginia to Georgia. She believes that all foods can be a part of healthy diet and that healthy habits and be worked into the busiest schedule and the tightest budget. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys cooking, spending time in the great outdoors, and meeting up with old and new friends.