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Mission Statement

Small choices you make throughout each day impact how you enjoy your life for all your days!

Bonita Woods Wellness Institute is a 501c3 non-profit nutrition and wellness education center located in the heart of Falls Church City, Virginia. We provide a variety of free and affordable programs to teach our clients to take charge of their personal wellness and well-being. The better educated you are on how your body functions and what you need to live your life with optimum health, the better you can make use of the health and wellness resources available to you. We coordinate programs with many local doctors, counselors and healthcare facilities. We believe that the better you understand yourself and your wellness needs, the better you can manage your well-being and the total quality of your life.

We envision a world where people are not defined by their differences, issues or distresses. We see a world where everyone has the ability to understand and manage their personal wellness programs. Nutrition, diet, exercise, meditation, lifestyle, doctors, counseling, medication, special services - these are tools to help you with your wellness needs but YOU are the manager of your well-being.

BWWI provides a variety of programs, workshops and services that support your physical, emotional and spiritual journey to vibrant health! Our programs are designed to support your existing services and regimen with additional understanding and skills to help you better manage your daily wellness care. We help to decrease your daily stress and increase your communication and daily lifestyle coordination.

Chef Bon's Cooking Classes

Picture So many of you have asked me where you can take my cooking classes. Happily, my wellness center is across the street from the Falls Church Community Center and the has a wonderful kitchen classroom. This makes me happy on so many levels, including the fact that I get to work with my favorite community center! Zander and I have benefited so much from the wonderful and affordable programs they offer, I am thrilled that I get actually to work with this wonderful organization. You can see the actual class brochure here. I also present classes, lectures, workshops and CEC programs for healthcare professionals. Mostly, I present at local senior care & healthcare facilities, government centers, schools, public libraries and community centers. The easiest way to learn about them is on our MeetUp page. Please also feel welcome to contact me if you are interested in my presenting to your organization!

You can invite Chef Bon to your school!

Chef Bon hosting a Colonial American lunch at TJ Elementary School. Students learned just how much our daily meals have changed over the years! If your school is in the Greater Washington, DC metropolitan area, you can invite Chef Bon to visit your school! The Bonita Woods Wellness Institute offers a variety of culinary, nutrition and wellness programs for students. Our programs are fun, educational and memorable.

No matter where you are in the USA, you can also get Food Health type programs through Chefs Move to Schools & Prevent Obesity. Both programs are part of Mrs Obama's Let's Move! campaign, and Chef Bon is active with all of them.

Why do we do this? Because our children have the right to grow up healthfully and age as gracefully as Master Tao... and Chef Bon's mom, Ursy Potter. Ursy just returned from horseback riding & hiking very steep mountains of San Miguel, Mexico, where she took pictures of monarch butterflies (at the final stop of their southern migration). As soon as she was back home, Ursy and her husband Carter Hearn went kayaking at the Needles section of the Shenandoah River.

All 3 of these amazing adults are an inspiration to us all!

Every child also has the right to also be an inspiration of fun & healthful living!

Please help us to help end childhood hunger!

Every child needs to eat healthfully! Health and wellness education is important for our kids. Equally important is making sure that all children have access to healthful food. Please visit No Kid Hungry to give your voice in asking Congress to protect SNAP (formerly food stamps) and other federal nutrition programs in the Farm Bill. Also, you can add your email to the pledge. Your support will be very helpful!

Want to learn more? Check out these sites: Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), USDA Food and Nutrition Service, and SNAP to Health!.

PortionSizeMe - One kid's healthful perspective on food

Picture Thank you Cecilia for pointing this article out to me. You can read about Marshall's innovative program here in this New York Times article from 4/25/2012.

What a wonderful program this young man has started! Look further on their Facebook page.

Who says that desserts have to be bad for you to taste good?

Picture No one noticed the added health value to my desserts but they did notice how good they felt after eating them!

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Chef Bon's new cooking videos!

Picture Chef Bonita and her favorite nutrition partner Laurie Young are having fun making cooking videos. To answer the questions running through your head: No, we have no idea what we are doing. Yes, they will get better over time as we figure out how to do this right (ish). Yes, we are so happy & having a blast! Have any recipe requests? Please let us know! We would love to hear from you. Currently, we have 5 recipes on YouTube. We will get a bunch more starting in a couple of weeks. Check them out here :)