Greenspring’s Culinary Chefs Share Hands-On Experience with Students at GMU

(Springfield, Va.) - On Tuesday, November 18, three of Greenspring’s chefs shared a presentation and provided a culinary demo for students at George Mason University.  The topic for the class in the course, “Nutrition Throughout the Lifecycle,” focused on reviewing proper nutrition for seniors.  The Greenspring chefs provided an overview of how Greenspring determines and rotates menus for the residents of the community and described the community’s culinary health resource, the My Nutrition program. 

Greenspring’s Executive Chef Michael Ritt shared information about the resident meal plan and healthy dining options available at the community.

During the class, Greenspring’s Executive Chef Michael Ritt shared a presentation about the focus on healthy dining at Greenspring.  The My Nutrition program (, available at all Erickson Living communities, is a web resource that provides instant nutritional values and dietary information associated with each meal served in every community dining establishment on any given day.  It is also a helpful tool for those managing a variety of health issues such as high cholesterol and blood pressure, as well as allergies to foods like nuts, soy, and dairy.

As an example, Greenspring serves a variety of desserts called “Smart Sweet,” which are made using a sugar alternative as opposed to real sugar.  Additionally, some meals and meal sides are labeled “Heart Healthy,” such as baked fish or a side of steamed vegetables.  Greenspring’s Chef Eric Phipps and Chef Nik Chanthavisouk also prepared two meals for the class to enjoy from Erickson Living’s healthy choice selections:  Marinated Asian Vegetable Salad with Bourbon Glazed Salmon and a Jicama Salad with Citrus Dressing. 

This is just one of Greenspring’s many outreach activities in partnership with George Mason University.  George Mason students working toward a degree in the arts are encouraged to apply for a scholarship presented by the Greenspring Players, a resident drama group on campus that raises funds through production ticket sales for the scholarships.  Additionally, each year students from the George Mason program in Senior Housing Administration tour the community and learn about working in a senior living environment.

About Greenspring: Greenspring is situated on a scenic 58-acre campus in Springfield, Virginia.  The community is home to nearly 2000 residents, many of whom reside in the 1404 independent living apartment-style homes.  At Greenspring, over 200 resident-driven programs promote an engaged, fulfilling lifestyle that is reflected in resident satisfaction levels that exceed the industry average.  Additional information about Greenspring can be found at