Community Wellness Programs
Nourish and Thrive Nutrition Center
In 2022, my RDN colleague Elisa England and I founded the Nourish and Thrive Nutrition Center, located in Warren, NJ. Through the center we offer community and corporate wellness programing built around a balanced blend of nutrition education along with integrated cooking demonstrations featuring delicious, plant-focused recipes.
These two elements, in combination, help participants not only to connect with why they may benefit from a change, but also how to create a change. Together, we translate the information presented in the first part of the program, into foods to add to their shopping cart, and meals and snacks to put on their plates. Evaluation of goals and objectives is integrated into every program to measurably demonstrate gains.
Programming may include a choice of an established program (listed below), or customized content to suit your organizational needs.
Lunch & Learn
Each program includes a nutrition lesson with a slide deck, plus a cooking demonstration featuring key foods important to disease prevention, and samples provided for in person presentations. Participants will demonstrate increased confidence in their ability to select and prepare health-supporting foods, along with a willingness to try new ingredients.
Available in person or virtual
Sample Topics: Nutrition for Optimal Immunity; Foods that Fight Inflammation; Building A Healthy Kitchen; Eat To Beat Stress; Transitioning to a Plant-Based Diet; Happy Healthy Gut; Hitting The Road; Staying Young At Heart.
Virtual Cooking Demo
These interactive cooking demonstrations are built around key foods important to wellness. The focus of this programming is to promote behavior change by helping participants identify and bust through the barriers they confront in getting health-supporting foods on the table. As we walk through the cooking process together, we identify the healthful properties of foods, easy swaps to suit taste preferences, convenient forms to purchase (fresh, frozen, canned), and alternative ways to incorporate key foods into other meals and snacks. Participants will demonstrate increased confidence in their ability to select and prepare health-supporting foods, along with a willingness to try new ingredients.
Sample Topics: Transitioning To A Plant-Focused Diet; Nutrition And Lifestyle Change For Prediabetes; Nutrition for Optimal Fitness