It’s just a fact. Extensive global research consistently shows that health-related adult education classes are linked to significant improvement in participants’ health outcomes and habits, as well as greater resilience and positivity in the face of health crises.


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See my Spring 2024 Community Education class listings below. For continually updated class listings and registration information, you can:

  • Sign up for CE emails announcing classes and changes. Be sure to check the box at the bottom next to General Interest List before clicking on Sign Up.
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  • Call Community Education at 541.383.7270 with questions or to register for a class or class series. Hours are Mon-Thurs 9-Noon & 1-4; Fri 9-Noon.

Breathing for Physical and Mental Health

In his bestseller Breath, James Nestor makes the case that modern humans have lost the ability to breathe properly. Healthy breathing is a science and art that promotes overall health, healthy gums and teeth, mental clarity, and the release of stress and anxiety. Ancient Chinese, East Indian, and Native American cultures taught the basics of proper breathing and identified several special patterns of breathing for specific added health benefits. Learn the basics of healthy breathing as well as methods for the purpose of achieving deeper relaxation. For example, just a few rounds of Vagal Breathing can bring relief from anxiety, tension, and mental confusion. Similarly, Marines are taught Box Breathing (four counts in, four counts hold, four counts out, four counts hold) to stay focused and manage combat stress. Those who follow a regular practice of several minutes a day report multiple health improvements including greater calm during stress, improved digestion, more energy, fewer headaches, and finding it easier to breathe properly throughout the day. Find out how your ways of breathing affect your body and mind and how easy and life-enhancing it is to breathe better.

Wednesday, Apr 10
1:30 – 3:00 pm

Nutrition for Healthy Aging

Starting in our fifties, our nutrient needs begin to increase dramatically, in part because we don’t digest our food as well. At the same time, our major systems are weakening as we age. The digestive, circulatory, and immune systems are especially vulnerable. Unless these systems get the support they need, their deterioration can lead to a cascade of health problems that affect nearly all people as they age, including decreased stamina, joint discomfort, and thinning skin and bones. Even infections such as shingles, pneumonia and the flu can usually be avoided. We’ll learn the foods, habits, and supplements that can help us stay healthier as we age.

Wednesday, Apr 24
1:30 – 3:00 pm

Protect and Rebuild Your Bones Without Medication

Osteoporosis is more common in the elderly than ever, in part because we’re living so much longer. But you can often stop and even partially reverse bone loss with the right foods and supplements. Discover how to strengthen your bones without medication. Find out how bone medications can weaken your bones even as they lead to better DEXA scan numbers! The World Health Organization and the National Osteoporosis Foundation no longer consider the DEXA scan a reliable indicator of bone fracture risk. We’ll review the FRAX test, which is now considered the best test for fracture risk.

Wednesday, May 8
1:30 – 3:00 pm

Reduce Arthritis Pain and Degeneration

Developing osteoarthritis is common as we age. Most of us who are afflicted find over-the-counter and prescription meds that help and eventually figure out the motions and activities we need to limit to keep from having flares. Then we learn to accept that a certain amount of pain and joint deterioration is inevitable. But what if it isn’t? Reducing joint pain and degeneration is brought about mostly by reducing inflammation, which is the biggest cause of ongoing deterioration in joints, whether in the spine or extremities. Chronic inflammation tears down our health and can cause irreversible damage to joints, heart, blood vessels, and brain. We’ll take a closer look at key foods that create inflammation, the supplements that can reduce it, and the habits and home remedies such as icing and castor oil packs that can reduce or eliminate arthritis pain quickly and sometimes dramatically. You’ll learn the causes, effects, and remedies of chronic inflammation that create the pain of osteoarthritis.

Wednesday, May 22
1:30 – 3:00 pm

Relief from GERD aka Heartburn

Many Americans suffer from heartburn or other symptoms of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease but are treating the symptoms without treating the cause. Many others have reflux and have no symptoms at all! Over time, the underlying causes can lead to serious, long-term damage. This damage can result in numerous other health problems, including esophageal cancer. Many who suffer from GERD can correct the condition without medication and avoid the suppression of stomach acid needed for healthy digestion and strong bones. Several approaches can work, including manual manipulation of hiatal hernias that distort the Lower Esophageal Sphincter. Learn the foods, supplements and habits that may correct the condition and/or help reduce GERD damage and symptoms.

Wednesday, June 5
1:30 – 3:00 pm

Students Share Their Experiences

Love your classes! You are knowledgeable and I love your integrative and friendly, compassionate approach!

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Jari is a clear speaker with an engaging style. Lots of clearly organized info that is not overwhelming... nicely done, thanks!

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Jari's an amazing teacher and very knowledgeable.

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I would tell others to just take all of Jari's classes!

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