Join EAT TO THRIVE Fall class

How it Works

  • Free Introduction Potluck: Thursday February 28, 2019 6:30 – 8:30 pm
  • Classes: Thursday, March 14 – May 30, 6 – 9 pm
  • Course Length: 10 weeks
  • Average Class Size: 12 students
  • You Will Get: Free 365-page textbook, 25+ DVDs to watch at home, and FREE introduction September 12th!

You Will Learn

  • The health benefits of plant-based foods
  • How to prepare quick, simple, and delicious vegan recipes on a budget
  • To identify where to purchase fresh, organic, and equitable produce
  • How to create a weekly menu and shopping list that is both healthy and tasty
  • The nutritional benefits of eating organically and locally
  • Why and how to sprout and pickle
  • About our digestive and immune systems and their vital role in wellbeing
  • The importance of detoxing and supplementation and how to do it
  • How to be mindful and its transformative effects
  • How to follow your food plan when eating out and traveling

What to Expect Each Class

  • Mindfulness
  • Hands-on preparation of a delectable 5 course meal
  • Sharing of success and challenges with group support
  • Power-point review of DVDs seen at home
  • A Guest lecturer

Enroll Now If You're

  • seeking to improve your wellbeing,
  • wanting a supportive, local vegan community,
  • Interested in earning a health educator certificate to teach this curriculum to adults or children

Read testimonials from our graduates here.

Real Kids Real Food

Today, it is estimated that 1 in 5 American children aged 6-19 struggles with obesity, often as a result of malnutrition. This epidemic can have a damaging impact on a child’s life—including a higher risk for chronic diseases such as asthma, bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and increased risk of heart disease, and diabetes. Obesity is only one of many issues Optimum Health Solution, a public health grassroots non-profit, addresses within our community.Your donation will go a long way to help us fulfill our mission of preventing obesity, chronic disease and malnutrition, through the Real Kids Real Food (RKRF) program—serving preteens (8 to 12 years of age) and their parents during our 10-week, evening course on healthy living habits.

“It tastes like a rainbow!” exclaimed 9-year-old Carlos. His smile, framed by a green mustache from his freshly-made kale, straw- berry, banana smoothie, broadened in delight. “Think it might be good with spinach too?”Carlos and his family lived in Mystic Public Housing, a low-income housing development with a great after-school program. With limited funds, they relied on cheap, starch-based foods to keep them full, but not energized.“I was always tired so my mom took me to the doctor,” Carlos explained. “When the doctor told us what was wrong, she couldn’t stop crying.” The pediatrician discovered that Carlos was pre-diabetic and at-risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. Fortunately, Carlos and his mom found Real Kids Real Food at the Mystic Learning Center, where for one hour a week, he got the chance to learn how to prepare healthy food and gain a better understanding of good nutrition in a fun, interactive environment. “You should see the things I can make now!” Carlos says proudly. “Linguini with marinara sauce is fun—especially making the noodles out of zucchini.” Because it was so vital to his health and entertaining, Carlos learned to love preparing fresh healthy meals. He went home from Real Kids Real Food each week with nutrition tips and recipes, eager to expand his family’s knowledge of healthy eating. Together they learned how green vegetables could help change his prognosis and where they could procure affordable or free vegetables. Three months later at his next doctor’s appointment, Carlos heard the good news. “All my tests came back clear, and the doctor said I was really healthy!” Carlos beamed. “My mom cried again, but because she was so happy this time.”


By supporting Optimum Health Solution you can help us to improve the health destiny of our children.


Or, by sending a check payable to

Optimum Health Solution
337 Newton St. #4
Waltham, MA 02453

Or by calling us at (617) 835-2913

With your support, we completed a successful Somerville teacher training program and now are raising funds for inner-city Boston programs.

Thanks to the support of our generous donors, Carlos received the gift of health. Your donation can help kids like Carlos improve their nutrition—giving them the gift of a healthy future.

Thank You,

Betsy Bragg, M.Ed., M.A
Executive Director

Featured RECIPES

Featured books


“Eat to Thrive—10 Weeks to Life Long Healthy Habits & Healthy Living”


Real Kids Real Food Kids-Tested Recipes


Lucky the kids who partake in these classes! Well thought out plans…

Buy Now

Eat to Thrive: 10 Weeks to Life Long Healthy Habits and Healthy Living


“Eat to Thrive” Recipe Collection : 10 Weeks to Life Long Healthy Eating


See what people are saying about us

  • Every week was exciting for me; I thoroughly enjoyed reading Betsy’s Eat to Thrive book, learning new concepts, tasting new recipes, and listening to amazing guest speakers that were educational, insightful and fascinating.I plan to teach my own class as a health educator in the future and I feel as though I have the education and skills to do this now. I really enjoyed meeting new people that I feel so close to, and I feel as though doors have opened up for me because of this amazing opportunity. I am committed to nourishing my body, mind and spirit and to help others do the same. 

    Julianna Burke
  • “Improved administrative organizational skills, time-management, and planning .Introduced me to professional website editing. Strengthened newsletter edits. Introduced me to the necessary skills needed to maintain and run a professional business. Introduced me to an alternative vegan diet that provides multiple health benefits”

    Samantha Finnegan
  • Strengthened my administrative organizational skills, focusing on tasks such as email correspondence, newsletter editing, and maintaining social networks. Introduced me to educational health standards in regards to writing lesson plans for Real Kids Real Food Introduced me to healthier lifestyle

    Sarah Steinberg
  • Introduced me to the vegan & vegetarian world and the health benefits that come from it Showed me the in’s and out’s of a non-profit and all of the hard work that goes into running a business Improved my time management, communication, and organizational skills Enhanced my writing skills through writing the teacher and family tips for the Real Kids Real Food book Developed strong sincere relationships with my supervisor and team members

    Kara Lakin
  • What Betsy Bragg has done for the future of our children and essentially our planet is beyond words. She has created a connection with our youth through practical and simple ideas that unite families and empower immune systems. The end result is joy, vitality, and a growing respect for all life.

    Brian Clement
  • The Eat to Thrive 10 week course has been interesting, thought provoking, and insightful on many levels. Eating a whole foods, plant-based, unprocessed diet and living with gratitude and mindfulness are key to gaining optimal health. Your class demonstrated that very thoroughly through the many personal testimonials and videos. Betsy has been an utter joy, an ideal role model for turning one’s life around, and a patient teacher

    Sadie DiSimone