Reading Food Labels Program Hosted by LLI

NEWARK, Ohio, January 18, 2017 – The Lifelong Learning Institute at Central Ohio Technical College will host an educational program called Reading Food Labels, as presented by Annemarie Thacker, M.S., R.D., L.D., C.D.E., on Friday, January 20, from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m.  The event will take place at the Pataskala Campus of COTC, located at 8660 E. Broad St, Reynoldsburg, OH.

"Central Ohio Technical College promotes lifelong learning opportunities for seniors and retirees in the communities we serve," explained Director of the Workforce Development Innovation Center at COTC Vicki Maple. "We are proud to be home to the Lifelong Leaning Institute (LLI), an organization dedicated to providing the aging population with learning opportunities, programming and cultural experiences that include educational field trips, a film study series, technology workshops, exploration of the arts, cultural exchanges, and interactive lectures on a variety of topics."

About the Course: People look at food labels for different reasons. But for whatever reason, many consumers would like to know how to use this information more effectively and easily. This session will help participants to understand the information on the Nutrition Facts label to make informed food choices given the association between diet and chronic disease. Information will also be shared on the FDA's final changes to update the Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods.

Instructor Bio: Annmarie Thacker, M.S., R.D., L.D., C.D.E., is a registered and licensed dietitian in the Community Case Management Department at Licking Memorial Hospital. She joined the Licking Memorial staff in 1989. She teaches diabetes self-management classes and provides nutrition presentations to community groups. Thacker received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in human nutrition and dietetics from Ohio University, and is certified in diabetes education. She lives in Johnstown, Ohio, with her husband, Todd, and her son, Ryan.

LLI programs include complimentary refreshments, and first-time guests are welcome to attend at no cost. Seniors over the age of 55 from throughout Central Ohio may inquire about membership or receive a free catalog of courses by calling 740-364-9565, emailing, or going online to .

COTC was ranked number one in Ohio and number 19 in the nation by PayScale in its 2016-17 College Salary Report ranking the best community and career colleges by salary potential. COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.​