Plant based nutrition


You may have noticed the initials CHES after my name. No they don't have anything to do with that game that uses pieces such as bishop, rook, knight, and queen. CHES stands for certified health education specialist. So what is a certified health education specialist?

A certified health education specialist ( CHES) is an individual that works with communities and individuals to improve or maintain their health by engaging in behaviors that promote positive health. This professional is responsible for setting up and managing various programs aimed at bringing information on exercise nutrition and disease prevention to those who need it. It is their job to make sure that people receive the health resources that best benefit them and pertain to their personal situations and cultural norms.

Along my professional path I first received my bachelor's degree in health education from the University of Michigan. I then sat for the national credentialing exam in health education. This is a credential that must be maintained through obtaining continuing education credits on a yearly basis.

In my role as Director of Health Education for PBNSG I have had the opportunity along with Denise Kling-Pelto, PBNSG Culinary Curator, to develop and teach the ongoing Introductory Transition Class. This class is offered 1-2 times per month and is open to everyone with an interest in learning more about transitioning to a whole food plant-based lifestyle. If you have not taken advantage of this please check the event calendar and register for our next class. We promise you a fun and informative event!

If you have questions, please email me at

I look forward to hearing from you.

Health and Happiness,

Debby Knight Jones CHES

Director Health Education, PBNSG