Instructor: Jari Serra RD

Jari Serra RD
Biography: Jari Serra is an Integrative Clinical Dietitian and Nutrition Educator. She was raised with an emphasis on nutrition, yoga and natural medicine. Before graduating from OSU and becoming a dietitian, she was co-founder and owner of the West Bank Cafe, Corvallis' first natural foods restaurant. In private practice for more than 30 years, she specializes in combining mainstream and alternative approaches to nutritional and medical treatment.

Jari's intention is to help her clients and students find their way to the individualized way of eating and specific health regimens that work for them. Her special interests include rebuilding bones without medication, new approaches to arthritis healing, liver and other organ cleansing regimens, restoring thyroid and adrenal function, improved injury and surgery recovery, and the many digestive and bowel conditions now affecting millions of Americans. She's been teaching and speaking for over 25 years and began offering classes through Community Learning in 2013.

To learn more about Jari, visit her NutritionSpeak website.

Classes by this instructor


This is a series of classes on five nutrition and health topics, central to reaching a deeper level of health than your average "healthy eating". Learn the basics (and lots of tips!) for choosing and successfully taking quality supplements. Know the 3-4 essential supplements nearly every adult needs, and how to assess if you may need others to meet your health needs. Find out how you can protect your bone health, starting at any age, and slow or stop bone loss without medication. Discover how our national epidemic of chronic, hidden inflammation is deteriorating our digestion, arteries, joints, and so many other aspects of our health, and gather the knowledge to significantly turn this condition around. Finally, learn ways to boost your immunity for short-term needs like travel or recovering faster/better from infection or injury, as well as long-term needs like aging. Signup for all sessions in the series at a discounted rate, or take any of the single sessions.
April 10, 2024 to June 5, 2024 | 1:30pm-3:00pm | Bend
As we age, our nutrient needs increase dramatically, even as our digestive, circulatory, and immune systems weaken. This can lead to health problems such as decreased stamina, joint discomfort, thinning skin and bones, shingles, and pneumonia. We'll learn the foods, dietary habits, and supplements that can help us stay healthier as we age.
Wednesday, April 24, 2024 | 1:30pm-3:00pm | Bend
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.
Wednesday, May 8, 2024 | 1:30pm-3:00pm | Bend
Developing osteoarthritis is common as we age. Most of us who are afflicted find over-the-counter and prescription meds that help and eventually figure out the motions and activities we need to limit to keep from having flares. Then we learn to accept that a certain amount of pain and joint deterioration is inevitable. But what if it isn't? Reducing joint pain and degeneration is brought about mostly by reducing inflammation, which is the biggest cause of ongoing deterioration in joints, whether in the spine or extremities. Chronic inflammation tears down our health and can cause irreversible damage to joints, heart, blood vessels, and brain. We'll take a closer look at key foods that create inflammation, the supplements that can reduce it, and the habits and home remedies such as icing and castor oil packs that can reduce or eliminate arthritis pain quickly and sometimes dramatically. You'll learn the causes, effects, and remedies of chronic inflammation that create the pain of osteoarthritis.
Wednesday, May 22, 2024 | 1:30pm-3:00pm | Bend
Many Americans suffer from heartburn or other symptoms of GERD but never treat the cause. Both the underlying causes and the medications can lead to multiple long-term health problems, including breakdown of digestion and bone loss. Learn the foods, supplements and habits that can correct the condition and/or help reduce GERD symptoms.
Wednesday, June 5, 2024 | 1:30pm-3:00pm | Bend