March 25 event featuring famed author, experts and vendors kicks off CA’s new nutrition series

February 13, 2019

Closeup of couple cooking healthy food together in their loft kitchen at home. Preparing vegetable salad.CA’s new nutrition series will feature popular speakers and highlight healthy eating options.

By David Greisman

Rip Esselstyn is a former firefighter who can help you extinguish your unhealthy eating habits.

Esselstyn — an author and nutrition guru who’s written multiple books and appeared on several TV shows — will speak in Columbia this March at a free event that is open to the public.

He is the featured speaker at the kickoff event for Columbia Association’s new Healthy Eating Series, a fun and informative way to learn about living a healthier lifestyle.

The event will take place on Monday, March 25 from 6-9:30pm at The Jim Rouse Theatre for the Performing Arts, 5460 Trumpeter Road, adjacent to Wilde Lake High School in Columbia. While your presence is encouraged at the theatre, a live streaming link will also be available to watch the presentation online.

Registration is required at

Throughout the event, there will be health organizations providing on-site screenings and wellness vendors offering educational materials. Light refreshments will be served.

Esselstyn, who will speak at 7pm, was a triathlete before joining the fire department in Austin, Texas. When a firefighter colleague was in declining health, Esselstyn developed a diet for him that was plant-based and centered on whole foods — which are as close to their natural form as possible, barely processed or refined if at all, and have no additive or other artificial substances.

That led to Esselstyn’s book, The Engine 2 Diet, and follow-up installments Plant-Strong and The Engine 2 Seven-Day Rescue Diet.

His presentation will be followed at 8pm with a panel Q&A featuring three notable local nutrition experts — Dr. Jyothi Rao of Shakthi Health and Wellness Center, pediatrician Dr. Lisa LaBorwit, and registered dietitian Melanie Berdyck of Giant Food.

For more information, call 410-715-3128 or email

This event is part of CA’s continuing mission to help the community have fuller, healthier lives. That commitment goes beyond CA’s pathway system, fitness clubs, pools, and other recreational options.

There are additional programs designed in coordination with medical experts. And you don’t need to be a CA member to participate. Ask your physician for a referral.

CA’s Fit Beginnings program is only for non-members. For just $80, you’ll get eight-weeks of access to CA’s fitness clubs and pools, four one-on-one sessions with CA’s professional fitness team, plus a grocery store tour.

Columbia Optimal Health is for both members and non-members. It includes eight weeks of personal training, nutrition education, wellness coaching, access to CA’s fitness clubs and pools, and a grocery store tour.

Columbia Optimal Health for My Baby & Me is for both members and non-members. The 12-week program focuses on pre- through postnatal health. It includes mind body wellness classes, nutrition education, wellness coaching, and consultation with Pivot Physical Therapy.

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