Programs at university to focus on healthy eating

Shippensburg University is co-sponsoring “A Community Adventure in Healthy Eating” with a kickoff event Oct. 18. 

A related film, Forks Over Knives, will be shown free to the public in Orndorff Theatre in the Ceddia Union Building at 5 p.m. Sept. 25.

The 28-day program, also open to the public, is based on a heart-healthy, plant-strong diet introduced by Austin, Texas, firefighter Rip Esselstyn in the book, The Engine 2 Diet. 

Others sponsors include Chartwells, Summit Health and Penn National Golf Course Community.  

The program begins with a presentation and dinner Oct. 18 in the Tuscarora Room of Reisner Dining Hall. Guest speaker at 6 p.m. is Dr. Liz George, a Mercersburg physician who has spearheaded Community Healthy Eating Adventures throughout the area including in the Mercersburg area, at the Penn National community and at Wilson College. That program is free. Cost for the dinner at 7 p.m. in the Tuscarora Room is $10 and reservations are required. 

The program also includes free weekly potluck dinners and the support of a coach. The dinners, at 6 p.m. in the Susquehanna Room in Reisner Dining Hall, are Nov. 1, 8, 15 and 29. A graduation dinner is Dec. 6 with details to be announced later. Participants in these potluck dinners are asked to bring a beverage, place setting including silverware, and a dish to share. 

For more information, contact Brooke Hall at 717-477-1123 ext. 3586 or by e-mail at