Jenavese “Jena” Armstrong attended undergraduate at Virginia State University where she obtained her B.S. in Psychology. She attended George Mason University and graduated with a Master’s in Social Work. She worked in several crisis management positions (psychiatric hospitals, mobile crisis, and emergency services) and found her fulfillment in community mental health.
Her personal journey became more of a priority as she battled Cystic Fibrosis. She had a lung transplant in 2017. As her health was always a priority, she felt compelled to do everything she could to honor the gift of life that was given. This honor includes eating food that allows her body to thrive.
She continued to work in community mental health but wanted to study nutrition in some capacity. She enrolled in Huntington University of Health and Sciences nutrition program. She has completed credits in micronutrients, macronutrients, and eating disorders and weight management. She is a candidate for a Diploma in Women’s Nutrition upon completion of the program.
She enjoys working with adolescents and through her own journey wanted to work with pediatrics patients with chronic illness. She began working as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) at a Children’s Hospital. Through her studies and field work, she has seen the correlation between food, lifestyle and mental health. She strives to bring knowledge to her community about the benefit of nutrition not only to physical health and wellbeing but also mental wellness.
Edible Emotion, LLC is a wellness brand that promotes mental health through psychoeducation, psychotherapy and psycho-nutrition across populations within the community.
Jenavese “Jena” Armstrong
Why Mental Health Mattered When It Came to My Lung Transplant Journey
As a social worker, my career has been primarily focused on crisis intervention and psychiatric hospitalizations for those with mental illness. It wasn’t until I received a double-lung transplant that I learned firsthand just how important mental health and trauma management can be.
By Jenavese Armstrong | March 16, 2018
Changing How I Eat
After my lung transplant, I discovered I couldn’t keep eating the typical high-calorie CF diet. By learning to practice mindful eating, I have found a new way to enjoy my food
By Jenavese Armstrong | August 7, 2018