Thanks to everyone who attended our October Health Matters focusing on nutrition.

On October 9, PWC integrative dietitian nutritionist Jena Savadsky Griffith presented “Eating for Energy” in PWC’s monthly Health Matters program. A few takeaway messages from her program:

  • While we all have individual needs and preferences, eating a diet that’s centered around plants is ideal. Whether you add beans or meat, change what you eat daily for metabolic flexibility.
  • Avoid foods that deplete your energy such as sugar, artificial sweeteners and coffee.
  • The food most missing from our diet is bitter greens, such as kale, collards and bok choy. Not only do the bitter greens improve health, but greens and mushrooms together can decrease the risk of breast cancer by 70%.
  • To receive the most nutrition out of your meals, make sure you chew at least 30 times.
  • Head outdoors to get morning sunlight on your eyes and skin to recharge your brain and body!

If you’re interested in knowing more about eating for energy or have other dietary interests or concerns you’d like to discuss in an appointment, please contact Jena at or by calling 540-445-5387.

Health Matters is a free program open to the public that explores a variety of topics related to health. It is held on the second Tuesday of each month at Powell Wellness Center.