Eating has changed in the '90s. The big, home-cooked meal is out. Food in minutes is in. Still, consumers have never had a great interest in the health quotient of the foods they eat.

Slim for Life, a 10-week weight-loss program sponsored by the Utah affiliate of the American Heart Association, now stresses nutrition savvy balanced with easy and convenient meal plans. Classes will begin the week of March 25.Course curriculum is based on analysis of fat grams rather than calories, a new concept in a life eating plan.

"Another major characteristic of the nineties-style eating," says Susan Ward, R.D., nutrition director, "is snacking."

Offering healthy snacks as an alternate to popular between-meals items like ice cream, chips, nuts and baked goods is another focus of the Heart Association program. In addition, the course content includes lessons on successful dining out and reading labels.

A diet that tastes great and is healthful for you and your family is the goal of the updated Slim for Life classes.

Classes meet one hour per week for 10 weeks. The registration fee for the course is $60, which will be reduced to $50 if preregistra-tion is received by Wednesday, March 20. Registration can be paid by check, cash or credit card. Visa or Mastercard is accepted for telephone registrations. Mail registrations to the American Heart Association, Utah affiliate, 645 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84102. Please specify which location and time you prefer.

A refund of $10 will be given to participants losing 15 pounds or meeting their ideal weight goals. Another $10 will be refunded to those who attend at least nine of the 10 classes.

Classes will be held at the following locations: First Methodist Church, South Salt Lake Government Building, Highland High,

Sprague Library, Veteran's Medical Center, East Millcreek Library, Holladay Library, E Systems, West Valley Library, Kearns Library, Murray High, West Jordan Library, Whitmore Library, Cottonwood Rec-reation Center, Alta Canyon Sports, Draper City, South Jordan Library, Lehi Library, Payson, College of Eastern Utah, Orem Recreation Center, Tooele Courthouse, Woods Cross High, Bountiful High, Davis High, Layton High, Roy High, Ogden High and Logan Library.

For further information, call the American Heart Association at 322-5601 or 1-800-523-7472.