Food for Life: Diabetes Initiative
The Power of Food for Diabetes Prevention and Treatment
Diabetes is a major public health problem of epidemic proportions. Eleven percent of the U.S. adult population has diabetes (up from 8 percent in 2007), and nearly one-third of those 65 and older have the disease. Uncontrolled, diabetes can lead to complications from head to toe, including stroke, loss of vision, heart disease, kidney failure, and various problems due to nerve damage and circulatory problems, such as erectile dysfunction or lower-extremity amputation. Research studies have demonstrated that a plant-based nutrition approach reduces the risk of diabetes and can greatly benefit those who have been diagnosed with the disease.
The goal of the Food for Life: Diabetes Initiative program is to empower people who have diabetes and those concerned about developing diabetes, along with their friends and family members with new information and skills. Each class offers a cooking demonstration, and provides samples of delicious, health-promoting dishes, along with a take-home packet of easy and affordable recipes.
This is a FREE class series. Registration is required in advance. Please contact Rose Saltalamacchia at RSaltalamacchia@pcrm.org, or by phone at 202-527-7314.
Barnard Medical Center invites you to Wellness Wednesdays! In this series, attendees will learn about the power of a plant-based diet and meet and mingle with others who share an interest in health and well-being. Books will be available for purchase at each event when applicable, and featured speakers will be available for questions and to sign books.
This is a FREE class series.
Registration is required in advance. Please contact Rose Saltalamacchia at RSaltalamacchia@pcrm.org, or by phone at 202-527-7314.
All Summer Speaker Series events take place at the Physicians Committee offices, 5100 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., 4th floor, Washington, DC 20016 (map)
Wellness Wednesdays Schedule
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, 6:30 - 8 p.m.: Plant-Based Meals for the Entire Family with Karen Smith, R.D.
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, 6:30 - 8 p.m.: Food and the Environment with James F. Loomis Jr., M.D., M.B.A.
Food for Life: Cancer Project
The Power of Food for Cancer Prevention and Survival
More than four decades ago, the United States declared a “war on cancer,” yet current statistics predict that during our lifetime, one in two men and one in three women will develop cancer. This amounts to 1.5 million people being diagnosed with cancer in the United States each year, and cancer causing nearly one-quarter of every death in America. Research has shown that more than one-third of all cancer deaths in the United States are due to poor diet, yet most are unaware of the connection. Faced with these startling statistics, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine developed the Food for Life: Cancer Project curriculum to offer a new direction in battling this disease.
The Food for Life: Cancer Project classes include information about how certain foods and nutrients work to promote or discourage cancer growth, along with demonstrations of simple recipes that can be easily recreated at home. The intended audience of the Food for Life: Cancer Project classes are cancer survivors and their family and friends, as well as those looking to prevent the disease. These classes are not intended for individuals currently going through cancer treatment.
This is a FREE class series.
Tuesday, Nov. 15: 6 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.: Class 1: Introduction to How Foods Fight Cancer
Tuesday, Nov. 22: 6 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.: Introductory Lecture by BMC clinicians
Tuesday, Nov. 29: 6 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.: Class 2: Fueling Up on Low-Fat, High-Fiber Foods
Tuesday, Dec. 6: 6 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.: Class 3: Discovering Dairy and Meat Alternatives
Tuesday, Dec. 13: 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.: Class 4: Cancer-Fighting Compounds and Healthy Weight Control
Registration is required in advance, please contact Rose Saltalamacchia at RSaltalamacchia@pcrm.org, or by phone at 202-527-7314.
New Year, New You: Kickstart Your Health!
The Power of Food for Healthy Weight Management
A vegan diet of whole grains, beans, vegetables, and fruits can help prevent diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other chronic diseases. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, “Appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases.” This curriculum is based on the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine’s successful 21-Day Vegan Kickstart program. Depending on one’s perspective, the Kickstart is about losing weight, maintaining a healthy weight, or simply embracing an overall healthful diet. Much of the basis of the Kickstart is about making a qualitative shift in the way we eat as opposed to a quantitative shift. For some people, it’s the first time the idea of not restricting amounts of foods but rather choosing the right foods has been the guiding principle for losing weight and staying healthy. The revelation is bolstered with clinical benefits such as lower cholesterol, better diabetes control, and lower blood pressure, as well as improvements in energy and mood.
Food for Life: Kickstart Your Health will allow class attendees to discover the world of health through general topics ranging from digestion to blood pressure. Results are likely to be immediate and impressive!
This is a FREE class series.
Tuesday, Jan. 10: 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.: Introduction by BMC Clinicians
Tuesday, Jan. 17: 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.: Class 1 - Power of Your Plate
Tuesday, Jan. 24: 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.: Class 2 - Let's Go!
Tuesday, Jan. 31: 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.: Class 3 - Getting in Gear
Tuesday, Feb. 7: 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.: Class 4 - Breaking the Food Seduction
Tuesday, Feb. 14: 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.: Class 5 - Keys for Natural Appetite Control
Tuesday, Feb. 21: 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.: Class 6 – Digestive Health
Tuesday, Feb. 28: 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.: Class 7 – Health Blood Pressure
Dr. Neal Barnard’s new book, The Cheese Trap, will be released in February 2017.
Come celebrate at a book release party hosted by Nanci Alexander at Sublime Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale.
Friday, March 10, 2017
5:30 - 7 p.m.
It’s never too early to plan for a party! Join Dr. Neal Barnard in Fort Lauderdale at the world-famous Sublime restaurant for a book release party.
*Limited to 80 guests