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Kickstart Your Health

41.886097, -87.6240605

Chicago, IL 60601
United States

Class Dates

Insuring you are eating for maximum satiation
Tuesday, February 8, 2022 05:00PM to 06:30PM

Tracking what you eat!
Tuesday, February 15, 2022 05:00PM to 06:30PM

Finalizing your Smashing through the Plateau
Tuesday, February 22, 2022 05:00PM to 06:30PM

Week of February 28, 2022 - Your Individual Session with Mark
Monday, February 28, 2022 TBD to TBD

Week of March 21, 2022 - Your Individual Session with Mark
Monday, March 21, 2022 TBD to TBD

For those who have been whole-food plant based and hit a weight loss plateau. This class is for you!

About this event

This curriculum uses elements of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine successful 21-Day Vegan Kickstart program. But takes the 21 day program to the next level customizing an approach to help you break the plateau. You may be a vegan for a long time and still struggling to lose those pesky last few pounds. Let's do a deep dive check-in and really look at what you are eating everyday. In this class you'll get instruction but also individual virtual sessions with Mark Cerkvenik - see his story below.

This course is a series and will run 3 consecutive Tuesdays from 5:00pm-6:30 pm CST starting on February 8th. Weekly topics are as follows:

February 8, 2022 - Insuring you are eating for maximum satiation

February 15, 2022 - Tracking what you eat!

February 22, 2022 - Finalizing your Smashing through the Plateau

Week of February 28, 2022 - Your Individual Session with Mark

Week of March 21, 2022 - Your Individual Session with Mark

During this class you'll experience a supportive environment with fellow students, receive dozens of strategies and recipes that will assist in losing weight and improving your health. It is strongly recommended you identify an accountability partner such as a friend or significant other to go through the program with you .

The ticket price includes 2 follow up sessions with Mark to make sure you are hitting your weight loss goals with all the right strategies and actions!


About your Instructor - Mark Cerkvenik

Eating the standard American diet, Mark Cerkvenik did not become deathly ill or morbidly obese. He just became overweight and unhealthy. He attained the weight of 232 pounds, about fifty pounds over his ideal weight. His serum cholesterol was in the 280 range. His blood pressure was 140/90. None of these numbers put him in catastrophic territory, in which he was necessarily facing imminent collapse of his health. But all of these health metrics were bad enough that it wouldn’t have been shocking if he had suffered a heart attack or other life-changing or life-threatening event. Mark was simply another average unhealthy middle-aged American, taking blood pressure medication while resisting pressure from his doctor to take cholesterol medication as well.

Mark worked in healthcare and was in charge of organizational development for a major medical center working to improve patient and staff satisfaction. It often occurred to him that the organization that he was working to improve had a supply side problem: heart patients and cancer patients were often dissatisfied with their care simply because the system was stressed by their overabundance. Too many sick patients create a beleaguered, overworked staff. Why was such an unnaturally high percentage of the population developing so many diseases? Why was his own health so poor?

He thought he was eating a pretty good diet. He didn’t eat red meat. He was a pescatarian who ate a little bit of dairy. His diet seemed demonstrably better than many of those around him. And yet, like so many others, he was carrying around too much weight, and he knew the statistics well enough to realize he was entering the danger zone for cardiovascular disease. After a death in the family and after witnessing the health crises of close friends, he resolved to do what he had gradually, over time, learned that he needed to do: he went on a 100% whole food, plant-based diet.

Mark gradually got down to his ideal weight, lowered his cholesterol from 280 to 180, and got to a healthy blood pressure that’s now usually around 115/70. Nothing was dramatic, nothing was overnight, but the trajectory was healthful and steady throughout.

Today, Mark teaches whole food, plant-based cooking, runs an employee wellness program, does health coaching, and partners with a vegan travel company cooking delicious no-oil whole-food plant based meals for travelers. You can learn more about Mark at or his check-out his vegan trips at

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Your instructor: Mark Cerkvenik