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Kickstart Intensive

Jan. 11-12, 2019 | Embassy Suites Chevy Chase Pavilion, 4300 Military Rd., N.W., Washington, DC 20015

Join nutrition experts on Jan. 11-12, 2019, in Washington, D.C., for the Kickstart Intensive.

We’ll provide in-depth nutrition information, cooking demonstrations, community support, plenty of inspiration, and plenty of time to have your questions answered.

This will be a life-changing experience that includes everything you need to revamp the way you eat and get started on the path to the best possible health:

  • Know Your Numbers Health Tracker Station
  • Permanent Weight Control
  • Tackling Diabetes and Cholesterol
  • Breaking Food Addictions
  • Cancer Prevention and Survival
  • Power Foods for the Brain
  • Step-by-Step Info on Plant-Based Diets
  • Products that Make Life Easy
  • Cooking Demonstrations by Experienced Instructors
  • Delicious Vegan Meals
  • Your Questions Answered
  • After the Event: Year-Long Support through Barnard Medical Center


Kickstart Intensive: A Nutrition Immersion for Your Health


Program will run Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Attendees taking advantage of the Friday morning health tracker station to get their blood pressure, weight, and glucose tested are invited to join us at 8 a.m.

Breakfast starts at 8:00 a.m. and lunch will be at 12 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 11

8 a.m.: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8-9 a.m.: Health Tracker Station 

9-9:05 a.m.: Welcome by Jill Eckart, Managing Director of Nutrition

9:05-9:50 a.m.: The Power of a Plant-based Diet for Disease Prevention and Survival by James Loomis, M.D.

9:50-10:15 a.m.: Complete Nutrition by Lee Crosby, R.D. 


10:15-10:30 a.m.: Cooking: Three Easy Breakfasts by Maggie Neola, R.D.

10:30-10:45 a.m.: Break

10:45-11:15 a.m.: Weight-Loss Testimonial by Chuck Carroll

11:15-11:30 a.m.: Know Your Numbers by Caroline Trapp, D.N.P., C.D.E.

11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.: Cooking: Quick Lunches by Kara Blank-Gonzalez

12-1 p.m.: Lunch

1-1:30 p.m.: Breaking the Food Seduction by Neal Barnard, M.D.

1:30-1:45 p.m.: Two-Minute Topics

  • Vitamin B12 and Other Supplements by Maggie Neola, R.D.
  • Soy and Cancer by Lee Crosby, R.D.
  • Vegan Pregnancy by Susan Levin, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D.
  • Processed Meat and Cancer by Minh Nguyen, R.D.

1:45-2:15 p.m.: Comedic Testimonial by Ernie Tsosie, III 

2:15-2:50 p.m.: Is Diabetes a Two-Way Street? by Caroline Trapp, D.N.P., C.D.E.  

2:50-3 p.m.: Diabetes Testimonial by Shirley Miree 


3-3:15 p.m.: Break

3:15-3:45 p.m.: Stocking Your Pantry and Grocery Store Tour with Lee Crosby, R.D., and Maggie Neola, R.D.

3:45-4:15 p.m.: Navigating the Cheese Trap by Neal Barnard, M.D. 

4:15-4:45 p.m.: Cooking: Delicious Dinners by Kara Blank-Gonzalez

4:45-5 p.m.: Q-and-A with PCRM Nutrition Experts

Saturday, Jan. 12

8 a.m.: Breakfast

9-9:30 a.m.: Power Foods for the Brain by Neal Barnard, M.D.

9:30-9:45 a.m.: Two-Minute Topics on Fad Diets

  • Keto and Low-Carb by Lee Crosby, R.D.
  • Mediterranean Diet Myths by Neal Barnard, M.D.
  • Debunking Paleo by Susan Levin, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D.
  • Gluten-free diets by Maggie Neola, R.D.

9:45-10 a.m.: Introduction to Barnard Medical Center by Nile Mahbuba and Mandy Gleason


10-10:30 a.m.: Eating for Heart Health by Susan Levin, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D.

10:30-10:45 a.m.: Break

10:45-11:15 a.m.: Cooking Demo: Snacks and Desserts by Kara Blank-Gonzalez and Maggie Neola, R.D.

11:15-11:30 a.m.: Weight-Loss Testimonial by Kimberly Holder

11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.: Food Products and Kitchen Gadgets that Make Life Easy by Kara Blank-Gonzalez and Neal Barnard, M.D.

12-1 p.m.: Lunch and Group Picture

1-1:20 p.m.: The Power of Vitamin Zzzzzzz by Caroline Trapp, D.N.P., C.D.E.

1:20-2 p.m.: Navigating Social Situations, Travel, and Dining Out Activity by Lee Crosby, R.D.

2-2:30 p.m.: Talking with Your Health Care Provider by James Loomis, M.D.

2:30-3 p.m.: Fueling Up for Movement and Exercise by James Loomis, M.D., and Susan Levin, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D.


3-3:15 p.m.: Break

3:15-4 p.m.: The Big Picture by Neal Barnard, M.D.

4-4:15 p.m.: Q-and-A by PCRM Nutrition Experts

4:15-4:45 p.m.: Graduation and Life After the Kickstart Intensive


Kickstart Intensive: A Nutrition Immersion for Your Health

Join Dr. Barnard and Physicians Committee experts in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 11-12, and get all the tools you’ll need to kickstart your plant-based diet.

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