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.


Join me at COCC.

My classes are in person, and masks are optional. I hope you’ll join me!

See my class listings below. The schedule of classes can sometimes change after the catalog is out, so for continually updated class listings, you may want to:

  • Sign up for CE emails announcing classes and changes. Be sure to check the box next to Personal Enrichment Interest List before sending your sign-up email.
  • See my Health and Wellness classes. You may also register from there.
  • Call Continuing Education at 541.383.7270 during business hours with any questions or to register for a class.

Reversing Chronic Inflammation

Most of us associate inflammation with injury or surgery: it’s a temporary reaction that helps us heal and then clears up. But the U.S. has an epidemic of another type of inflammation – internal, invisible, and systemic. It can be painless and hard to detect, or it may be the root of chronic pain. Long-term inflammation tears down our health and eventually causes irreversible damage to the joints, bowels, heart, blood vessels, and brain. Inflammatory foods, poor digestion, and chronic stress all contribute to this type of inflammation. Learn the causes, effects and remedies of chronic inflammation and how anti-inflammatory eating can dramatically improve health in a short period of time.

Tuesday, Sept 20
10:30 am – noon

Rebuilding 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 or even partially reverse bone loss with the right foods and supplements. Discover how to improve your bone density 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.

Tuesday, Oct 4
10:30 am – noon

Preventing Loss of Immunity as We Age

Known as “the silent wonder,” your immune system fights invaders all day long! Additionally, it removes toxins, speeds recovery from injury, and helps control damaging inflammation that causes joint pain and muscle stiffness. Immunity weakens with age, leaving you more susceptible to infections such as pneumonia, flu, and shingles, as well as fatigue and food intolerances. Learn how to boost and maintain a stronger immune system, resulting in greater resilience in the face of infection, stress, or injury. This can also lead to better energy, sleep and moods.

Monday, Oct 31
10:30 am – noon

Navigating Nutritional Supplements

A particular dietary supplement can be a valuable aid for restoring or maintaining your health, or it may be an unnecessary expense. Unfortunately, repeated government studies show nutrient levels in U.S. foods have been falling steadily for 70 years, creating a greater need for supplements. We may also need substances that aren’t nutrients, such as CoQ10 for the elderly or anyone taking a statin medication. Find out which brands provide good quality at a reasonable price, the best-absorbed forms of certain nutrients, and how to determine how much to take. Learn the 3 or 4 supplements nearly all Americans need, along with tips for buying, storing, and taking supplements.

Monday, Nov 14
10:30 am – noon

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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