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Mark Cerkvenik

Food for Life Instructor

Mark Cerkvenik

Mark was born and raised on the southwest side of Chicago and worked in healthcare for nearly 40 years. Growing up and through most of his early adult life, he ate a diet consisting of roast beef, cheeseburgers, fried chicken, french fries, veggies cooked in butter and salads swimming in dressing. Mark struggled with his weight throughout his life and tried many approaches to improving his health.

For almost 15 years he worked in leadership roles at Loyola University Health System and Northwestern Medicine training and coaching clinical leaders whose departments saw thousands of patients dealing with chronic illnesses. He often thought there must be a better way to treat and prevent diseases besides frequent doctor visits and a lifetime of prescription drugs. In addition to his own health issues his parents, in-laws, and close friends suffered from acute or chronic health issues largely as a result of their food choices.

Mark was a vegetarian (eating cheese, fish, and veggies) for over 25 years, but not until he adopted a whole food plant-based diet in 2018 did he see tremendous improvement in his health and a path to maintain a healthy weight. Through the evidence-based research by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, he learned an approach to improving his health and preventing and/or managing chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer and now is focused on sharing this knowledge in his community.

In addition to being licensed by PCRM as a Food For Life Instructor, Mark provides coaching for individuals and couples on transitioning to a sustainable plant-based diet as well as workshops and workplace seminars on a variety of health-related topics.

Serving cities and surrounding areas of The greater Chicagoland area including the south and southwest suburbs of Chicago,  Naperville, Aurora, Joliet, Kankakee, and northwest Indiana

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