WWU Alumna to Speak About the Benefits of Healthy Living

A William Woods University graduate and author of a new book on “honest eating” will bring her recipe for healthy living to WWU Oct. 14.

Jane McClaren, who graduated from WWU in 1991 when she was 44, is promoting the concepts contained in her book, “Honest Eating: How to Love Food, Love Yourself, and Love Life.”

Her talk will be at 12:30 p.m. in the Library Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

McClaren, who has studied human relationships with food for most of her adult life, had her share of weight issues due to depression and emotionally-driven overeating. After time in a Texas health program and a 10-year study of food and health, she wrote the book that she hopes will “expedite the audience’s understanding of themselves.”

She explains, “Americans have a bad relationship with food, and my purpose is to rectify that dilemma. The food industry thrives on our stress, and we have easily become victims of time and the food industry.

“A lot of us are driven to eat out of control for various reasons: emotional needs not being met, lack of self-confidence and consequential depression, or lack of awareness and confidence. It’s been said about my book, ‘If you want to change your life, but think you can’t, this is the book for you.’”

McClaren earned her B.A. degree in English from William Woods University and an M.A. in English from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She lives in Southern Pines, N.C., where she actively pursues her passions – art, literature, horseback riding and healthy eating. She will be available for book signing following her talk.