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 required for all in-person classes. 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.

Rebuilding Bones Without Medication   In-person class.

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 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 alone to be a reliable indicator of bone fracture risk. We’ll review the simple FRAX questionnaire, which is now considered the best predictor for fracture risk.

Monday, April 4 10:30 am – noon

Thursday, May 9 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm


Strengthening Immunity as We Age   In-person class.

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 brought on by inflammatory foods and stress. As you age, your immune system weakens, 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 more energy, better sleep and moods, and lower pain levels.

Monday, April 11
10:30 am – noon

Navigating Nutritional Supplements   In-person class.

Dietary supplements can be valuable aids for restoring and maintaining health, or an unnecessary expense that may even harm your health. Extensive government research shows nutrient levels in U.S. foods have been falling steadily for 70 years, creating a greater need for nutrients from supplements. Find out which supplements fit your needs, which forms of nutrients are best absorbed, how much to take, and which brands provide the best quality for the price. Learn the 3 or 4 supplements nearly all Americans need. Also learn tips for buying, storing, and taking supplements.

Monday, April 25
10:30 am – noon

Reversing Chronic Inflammation   In-person class.

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.

Monday, May 2
10:30 am – noon

Nutrition for Healthy Aging   In-person class.

Starting in our 50’s, 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 examine the foods, dietary habits and supplements that can help us stay healthier as we age.

Monday, May 16
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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