Join us for this evidence-based program towards a plant-based diet. A journey towards a Whole Food Plant-Based Lifestyle. Food Rx: Using Food as Medicine!

In today's world the leading causes of disease are "Lifestyle" related. At the top of the list is poor nutrition. With our Food Rx: Using Food as Medicine classes you will learn the current evidence-based science of how food can prevent and reverse chronic diseases. The classes are designed by physicians, diabetes educators, registered dietitians, and professional chefs to offer an easy-to-follow dietary approach based on scientific research. Clinical and population studies show that a low-fat, plant-based diet is effective at improving blood glucose levels, promoting weight loss, reducing cholesterol, and lowering the risk of diabetes and other chronic diseases (heart disease, Alzheimer's, cancer, and stroke).

Learn how to prevent: 

  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal Disturbances
  • And more

What to Expect: 

  • Meal planning and practical cooking skills
  • Learn to make healthy choices
  • Cooking demonstration with tasty and easy-to-prepare recipes
  • Resources and support for new healthy changes
  • Food samples of the recipes prepared in class

2024 Dates:

Fall classes begin Sept. 3 and run 8 weeks. Classes are held every Tuesday from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. 

Class fills at 50 participants so register now!  

  • Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24

  • Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22

  • Location: Parkridge Hospital Diagnostic Center at 2205 McCallie Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37404 This is the large building to the left of the hospital building.
  • Taught By: Crissie Smith, Food for Life Instructor 

  • Contact: Paula Irwin at 423.805.3348 for more information.



8 Week Class Schedule:

  • Class 1 Power of Your Plate
  • Class 2 Foods for a Healthy Heart
  • Class 3 How Foods Fight Diabetes
  • Class 4 How Foods Fight Cancer
  • Class 5 Designing a Diet for Maximum Weight Control
  • Class 6 Digestive Health
  • Class 7 Power Foods for the Brain
  • Class 8 Making it Work for You

The cost of the classes is FREE!

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