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NEWS RELEASE March 4, 2014

Neal Barnard, M.D. Hosts Free Type 2 Diabetes Workshop for Washington Residents

Preventive Nutrition Series Starts March 25 in Friendship Heights

WASHINGTON—Washington residents who struggle with type 2 diabetes can attend a workshop with Neal Barnard, M.D., on March 25 to learn how to avoid complications from the disease and reduce or eliminate the need for medications. Food for Life instructor Kara Blank-Gonzales will guide a follow-up series starting Tuesday, April 1. There is no cost to attend.

WHO: Diabetes researcher Neal D. Barnard, M.D., is president of the nonprofit Physicians Committee and an adjunct professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

WHAT: Dr. Barnard’s free seminar will show participants how to use a plant-based (low-fat vegan) diet to prevent and treat type 2 diabetes. People who have or are at risk for type 2 diabetes will benefit from the seminar. Family members, health care providers, and friends are welcome and encouraged to join.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 25, 6 to 8 p.m.: Special lecture with Neal Barnard, M.D.

Note: Food for Life instructor Kara Blank-Gonzalez will guide follow-up classes on Tuesday evenings to teach participants about low-fat cooking techniques, the best foods to steady blood sugar, and how to effectively read food labels.

Tues, Apr 1, 6 to 8 p.m.:     Introduction to How Foods Fight Diabetes (with Kara Blank-Gonzales)
Tues, Apr 8, 6 to 8 p.m.:     The Power of Your Plate and Grocery Cart
Tues, Apr 15, 6 to 8 p.m.:     Understanding Type 2 Diabetes
Tues, Apr 22, 6 to 8 p.m.:     Designing a Diet for Maximum Weight Control

WHERE: Physicians Committee, 5100 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., Ste. 400, Washington, DC 20016. The Physicians Committee is located a few blocks from the Friendship Heights Metro station.

CONTACT: Please contact Tara Kemp at 202-527-7314 or for questions or to reserve a spot. Learn more about the series at

WHY: Close to 10 percent of Washington residents struggle with type 2 diabetes. If diabetes means endless medications, doctor visits, and unstable blood sugars, it’s time to turn it around. Dr. Barnard will showcase the best foods to help you lose weight, stabilize blood sugar, improve cholesterol, and reduce the need for daily pills and insulin shots.

For an interview with Dr. Barnard or to attend the series, journalists may contact Jessica Frost at 202-527-7342 or
View Dr. Barnard’s published studies and watch sample diabetes lectures at


Neal Barnard, M.D., is president of the Physicians Committee and an adjunct professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Barnard is the author of groundbreaking NIH-funded research that shows a low-fat vegan diet dramatically stabilizes blood sugar, lowers cholesterol, boosts metabolism, and improves kidney function. He is a regular speaker at college campuses, TEDx Talks, the author of 15 books on diet and health, and stars in three PBS specials, including Dr. Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes.


Media Contact:
Jessica Frost: (202)-527-7342;

Follow Dr. Barnard on Twitter:@DrNealBarnard


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