Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital Presents

Food for Life:
Live Cooking Demonstrations and Education about Plant-Based Foods Fighting Diabetes


Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital

Outpatient Care Center

Kessler Conference Room

595 Martha Jefferson Drive



Registration is required. 

Get Ready to Kickstart your Health Education and Cooking Class to fight diabetes

Food for Life is an award-winning nutrition education and cooking class program that provides an innovative approach to diabetes and other diet-related chronic diseases. Since 2001, Food for Life has been a pioneer in delivering hands-on information about the direct role of plant-based nutrition in health and disease prevention to communities around the world.

Designed by physicians, nurses, and registered dietitians, Food for Life promotes healthful eating based on the latest scientific research. Each Food for Life class includes:

  • Specific information about how certain foods and nutrients work to promote or discourage diabetes
  • Cooking demonstrations of delicious and healthful recipes
  • Practical cooking skills and tips for incorporating healthful eating habits into daily life
  • A supportive and motivational atmosphere to empower participants to take charge of their health with the foods that are put on their plates.

Join in on a 3-part series on how plant-based foods can improve blood sugar levels and improve the body's ability to use insulin.  There will also be practical tips on how to meal plan and shop!  

November 1 Class, 11:00 am-1:00 pm: How Plant-Based Foods Fight Diabetes

November 8 Class, 11:00 am-1:00 pm: The Power of Your Plate

November 15 Class, 11:00 am-1:00 pm: Understanding How Plant-Based Foods Improve Type 2 Diabetes

Your Instructor: Deb Short, BSE

Deb comes to the Food for Life program with a background in teaching high school science. She has been vegetarian for about nine years, and over the past two years, she has become passionate about the benefits of eating a plant-based diet. She is excited to combine her love for learning with a passion for helping others in their quest to feel better and live healthy lives. Deb plans on working with both adults and young people, encouraging not only those who may have experienced illnesses, but also educating young people and empowering them to take charge of their health from an early age.

Deb's qualifications include:

    • Duke University MSME
    • University of Virginia
    • Certified Food for Life Instructor, PCRM
    • Certification in Plant-based Nutrition, Cornell University
    • Certified Rouxbe cooking course
    • Food for Life Instructor since 2015

For More Information:

Contact Setour Dillard, BSN, to register or answer any questions about these classes at 434-984-4640 or