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.

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, thinning skin and bones, and increased risk of infection. But even infections such as shingles, pneumonia and the flu can usually be prevented. We’ll learn the foods, dietary habits and supplements that can help us stay healthier as we age.

Tuesday, Jan 17
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 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.

Tuesday, Feb 7
10:30 am – noon

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 improve health and symptoms in a surprisingly short period of time.

Monday, Feb 13
10:30 am – noon

Lasting Relief from GERD

Many Americans suffer from heartburn or other symptoms of GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) but are treating the symptoms without treating the cause. Over time, both the underlying causes and the recommended medications can lead to serious, long-term damage. This damage can result in numerous other health problems. 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 symptoms.

Tuesday, Feb 21
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 surgery, 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.

Tuesday, Mar 7
10:30 am – noon

Students Share Their Experiences

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