Instructor: Michael Fox

Dates: Thursdays, Sept. 15th to Oct. 6th

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Location: Hope Lutheran Church

We will begin with a review of basic nutrition concepts including carbohydrates, fats, protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals. This will provide a platform to discuss standard nutrition recommendations and the prevalence of diet-related chronic diseases. We will also sort out some of the conflicting information in the media and published literature related to health issues and aging. With this foundation, we will explore the ways different foods and their associated properties can promote overall health. In particular, we will cover the role of gut health and the gut microbiome, the glycemic index, and inflammation.

Class Format: lecture and discussion

Readings: TBD

Instructor Bio: Michael Fox is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a M.S. in Health and Human Development. A former adjunct professor at MSU, Fox has worked on projects related to insulin sensitivity, Montana lentils, and the global seafood system. He specializes in diabetes management and plant-based nutrition at his nutrition consulting firm, Nourish.



Kathryn Earley 2When my husband and I were looking for our place to retire, one of the places we visited was Bozeman.  While we were here we went to the library, where I happened to pick up a Wonderlust brochure.  Here was university-quality instruction by experts in a huge number of subjects.  No homework, no exams, no papers, just a chance to learn new things or review things we’d already studied.  It was also an opportunity to meet people with a wide variety of interests.  I was hooked! Over the past several years, I’ve come to feel strongly about supporting this valuable community resource for lifelong learning, and fortunately there’s a community of dedicated volunteers who feel the same way.

This past year was our first as Friends of MSU Wonderlust, whose mission is to support and promote MSU Wonderlust.  We’ve contributed funds to getting a new projector at Hope Lutheran Church, where many of our classes are held, and to Gallatin Community Radio, which broadcasts many of our Friday Forums.  We’re also sponsors of and taking part in Active Aging Week and the Prime Age 50+ Expo.

In January Friends will sponsor the MSU Wonderlust reception.  Join us at the Country Bookshelf on January 9, 5 pm – 7 pm, where you can meet instructors and other people interested in learning.  

Kathryn Earley, President of Friends of Wonderlust