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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.

To register, please contact Rose Saltalamacchia at RSaltalamacchia@pcrm.org, or by phone at 202-527-7314.

Class Dates

  • Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, 6 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.:
    • Lecture by Barnard Medical Center Physicians
  • Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016, 6 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.:
    • Introduction to How Foods Fight Diabetes
  • Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016, 6 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.:
    • The Power of Your Plate and Grocery Cart
  • Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, 6 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.:
    • Understanding Type 2 Diabetes
  • Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.:
    • Designing a Diet for Maximum Weight Control

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.

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.

Reserve Your Space Now.

For more information and to register please click here

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.

Click here for details!

*limited to 80 guests