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Do you want to learn more about plant-based nutrition?

Monday Night Nutrition Classes

As a Barnard Medical Center patient, you are offered the opportunity to join a highly supportive and interactive group class. The classes are led by registered dietitians and cover a variety of nutrition topics over a 12-week period. It is preferred that you register for the class series prior the first class, but open enrollment is provided. Friends and family members are also invited to attend these classes with you.

To register, please call the Barnard Medical Center at 202-527-7500, use the patient portal to send us a message that you would like to attend, or speak with a member of the Barnard Medical Center team at the front desk.

Food for Life

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, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine developed the Food for Life: Cancer Project to offer a new direction in battling this disease. Each two-hour class features a video, discussion, and the opportunity to taste plant-based dishes, following a cooking demonstration.

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 4 class series on Tuesday nights at 6pm starting February 11 and going through March 3. Participants must register to attend.


Diabetes Wellness Program

Do you or does someone you know have diabetes?

The Barnard Medical Center’s Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) series includes four two-hour interactive classes.

You will receive individualized and group self-management support to better manage your diabetes.

Classes taught by experts in plant-based nutrition will cover:

  • Diabetes disease process
  • Healthy eating and cooking
  • Exercise
  • Medications
  • Monitoring
  • Preventing, detecting, and treating short- and long-term complications
  • Goal setting and problem solving


  • Decrease risk and prevent unnecessary hospital admissions
  • Reduce complications of diabetes

Does my insurance cover this?

This program is covered by some insurance plans. We will provide you the information you need to verify coverage with your plan. If your insurance does not cover the program, the up-front cost is $650.

All participants must complete a diabetes questionnaire and an assessment prior to Class 1. Please call 202-527-7500 with any questions.

Workplace Wellness

Are you interested in encouraging healthy eating habits in your office? We also provide workplace wellness talks and lectures. Please call 202-527-7500 to find out more information.

12-Week Doctor-Led Weight Loss Program

Join Barnard Medical Center physician Vanita Rahman, MD, for plant-based nutrition program geared to help you lose weight!