The Powell Wellness Center provides guidance on a healthy lifestyle and diet through a comprehensive six-week online nutritional program. Integrative nutritionist Jena Savadsky Griffith from the Powell Wellness Center in Culpeper runs a 6-week online nutrition program that is open to everyone.

Griffith will oversee the Nutrition RX program, which runs every Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. from March 16 to April 20. Participants will learn which foods and lifestyle practices provide the most nourishment and optimal energy for their bodies to shed unwanted pounds.

With the coronavirus affecting people with chronic illnesses, Griffith stated, “This is the time to get well.” For those who don’t think they have time to change their habits, she has seen people change their lifestyle within two weeks.

Griffith stated that studies showed that eating habits worsened by 30% during the pandemic. When some restaurants were closing, she noticed that fast food was still available, which was unfortunate as “taste buds had already been hijacked by processed food manufacturers”. To top it off, she noted that many people spent less time exercising or going outside while drinking increased.

In America, she added that 88% of people are metabolically unhealthy. A recent study found that the vast majority of people hospitalized with the coronavirus had at least two chronic conditions.

Griffith said the virtual program will not be dominated by boring PowerPoint presentations, but will instead focus on group discussions. She explained that the course is designed to help people understand what a healthy lifestyle is and to use the class as a stepping stone to permanently changing the way they eat and live.

“I want people to see this as a way of life,” she said. “This is for people who are ready to take control of their health.”

Griffith explained that diet isn’t everything on the path to health, but eating a healthy diet that includes whole foods is a good foundation. One useful tip to get started, she said, is to generally stay on the outside edges of the grocery store and rarely venture into the inside aisles.

The class, which costs $ 225 to attend, is an opportunity to establish healthy habits that improve wellbeing and resilience. Anyone can participate, even after the March 16 start date, and there is a discounted rate for Powell Wellness Center members. Inquiries regarding the program can be directed to Griffith at [email protected]. To register, contact the Powell Wellness Center at 540-445-5406.