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NEWS RELEASE July 28, 2014

Neal Barnard, M.D., Hosts Free Workshop to Help Washington Residents Combat Type 2 Diabetes

Preventive Nutrition Series Starts Aug. 26 in Friendship Heights

Free Diabetes Workshop in Washington DC

WASHINGTON—Washington residents who struggle with type 2 diabetes can attend a workshop with Neal Barnard, M.D., on Tuesday, Aug. 26 to learn how to avoid complications from the disease and reduce or eliminate the need for medications. Food for Life instructor Kara Blank-Gonzalez will guide four interactive follow-up series starting Tuesday, Sept. 2. There is no cost to attend the five-class series.

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 nutrition 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 series. Family members, health care providers, and friends are welcome and encouraged to join.


  • Tues, Aug. 26, 6 to 8 p.m.: Special lecture with Neal Barnard, M.D.
  • Tues, Sept. 2, 6 to 8 p.m.: Introduction to How Foods Fight Diabetes with Kara Blank-Gonzalez
  • Tues, Sept. 9, 6 to 8 p.m.: The Power of Your Plate and Grocery Cart
  • Tues, Sept. 16, 6 to 8 p.m.: Understanding Type 2 Diabetes
  • Tues, Sept. 23, 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 here >

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 and Kara Blank-Gonzalez 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.

Note: Joaquin Carral, M.D., and Aurora Leon, M.D., will host a Spanish-language diabetes class at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 27. Email Mallory Huff to reserve a spot and share the news with family and friends.


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.


Founded in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is a nonprofit health organization that promotes preventive medicine, conducts clinical research, and encourages higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research.

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