Eat to Thrive
10 Weeks to Lifelong Healthy Habits and Healthy Living

Starting January 12, 2016

New Tracks Toward Your Health Educator Career

 Starting in January 2016, Optimum Health Solution will offer various tracks in its popular Eat to Thrive 10-Week program. While the course is open to students who simply want to learn to live and maintain a healthier lifestyle, we have added some Health Educator Training Tracks for those students who want to incorporate their knowledge and learning into a professional career.

HEALTH EDUCATOR CERTIFICATE TRACK: This track is for students interested in being health educators. Successful completion of this track will lead to an OHS Certification of Completion that will help open doors in this fast-growing industry. You will gain a solid understanding of nutrition, recognize the impact that nutrition has on overall health, and learn the benefits of a raw foods/vegan lifestyle. Requirements for this course are attendance at 8 out of 10 classes; a passing grade on two take-home essay tests; and a presentation with hands-on learning for a group of at least 5 people.

Fee: $755

If you are a returning student, the fee is reduced to $555.

REAL KIDS REAL FOOD HEALTH EDUCATOR CERTIFICATE TRACK: This track is designed for teachers or students seeking a career path in teaching pre-school to middle school-age children in an afterschool program and want to gain expertise in the subject area of healthy foods. You will be given an additional 12 hours of one-on-one teacher training with master educator, Betsy Bragg, who has 48 years of teaching experience. You will learn kid-tested recipes and techniques for teaching and presentation; you will have the opportunity to observe other master teachers, participate in a practicum, and design your own lesson plan. Successful completion of this program will lead to an OHS Real Kids Real Food Certificate of Completion.

Fee: $800

If you are a returning student, the fee is reduced to $600.

EAT TO THRIVE EDUCATOR TRAINING CERTIFICATE: This track is designed for repeating students who want to teach a section of the OHS Eat to Thrive Program. Prerequisite: Students must have taken the Eat to Thrive course at least once and hold the Health Educator Certificate. In addition to repeating the 10-week program, students will be given an additional 20 hours of hands-on training in all aspects of the curriculum and administration. As OHS plans to expand its Eat to thrive program to other locations in Massachusetts, teachers who hold this certificate will be paid to teach for OHS.

Fee: $650

A FREE Information Session will be held on

Tuesday, January 5, 2016, 6:30-8:30

at the Arlington Senior Center, 27 Maple Street, Arlington

To RSVP or for more information:

Email or call 781-899-6664

Eat To Thrive Flyer

Eat to Thrive10-Week, Life Transforming Class

Date: Next course begins January 12 – March 15, 2016
Time: Tuesday 6:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Location: Arlington Senior Center Mural Room, 27 Maple St., Arlington, MA

New $555 2015 Course Eat 2 Thrive

New $505 ; Early Bird Promo

$299 Early Bird Special for Family Member

$355 Students Repeating Course and Family Member

What We Are

Real Kids Real Food’s goal is to reduce childhood obesity, chronic disease and malnutrition through after-school programs that promote healthy food choices and lifestyle changes.

  • Gardening and harvesting
  • Hands-on food preparation of delicious recipes
  • Learning about eating right


Optimum Health Solution is a non-profit (501 c3) devoted to feeding our children a healthy future. Our Mission Statement is to prevent obesity, chronic disease and malnutrition, especially in children, through education and advocacy of healthy living.

Why It Matters

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years.

In 2012, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese. 70% of obese youth had at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Obese adolescents are more prone to pre-diabetes. You can contribute financially, take photos or work with our team to help launch Real Kids, Read Food events and e-books to communities nationwide.

Founding of Real Kids Real Food

My passion for healing the world one person at a time began with my own recovery from crippling arthritis and substance abuse through the living food lifestyle. The Real Kids Real Food program began at the Martin Luther King School, located in Dorchester, MA. My adult classes, since 2008, are based on my book “Eat to Thrive-10 Weeks to Lifelong healthy habits and healthy living”. In these classes I address health issues and introduce a healthy lifestyle as well as train staff for Real Kids Real Food.