Kickstart Rochester

The Physicians Committee


kickstart rochester

The Physicians Committee visited Rochester, NY in April 2016 to support a variety of educational events. Neal Barnard, M.D. lectured on plant-based nutrition and chronic disease at Highland Hospital, New Bethel Church CME, and Rochester Academy of Medicine.

We teamed up with Kerry Graff, M.D.  and Ted Barnett, M.D., from Rochester Lifestyle Medicine, to provide a series of free events including weekly nutrition and cooking classes. Carol Barnett, Ph.D., J.D., with Rochester Area Vegan Society in addition to Tom Campbell and Erin Campbell from University of Rochester’s Nutrition in Medicine program played an integral role in the Forks Over Knives movie screening for the community.

Attendees were invited to sign up for a free grocery store tour led by local registered dietitian, Joy Valvano, M.S., R.D., C.D.E., to identify healthy staples they could purchase throughout the 21 Day Vegan Kickstart in May 2016. Local restaurants and meal delivery services even offered discounts throughout the 21 days including a free after-party celebration!

We were also able to donate to the city’s recreation centers and provide their after school program students with nutrition education lessons at various locations. Thank you to the mayor and whole city of Rochester for proclaiming to kickstart your health together!



Community Partners

  • Forks Over Knives
  • Mrs. Judy Babbitt
  • Dr. Fred Clasquin
  • Mrs. Barbara Goldammer
  • Ms. Peg Haust-Arliss
  • Mrs. Jan Hellenberg
  • Mrs. Jenni Holdren
  • Ms. Meredith Smith
  • Ms. Betsy Wason