Diabetes Cooking and Nutrition Course Starts Oct. 4

The Physicians Committee
NEWS RELEASE September 1, 2016
Diabetes Cooking and Nutrition Course Starts Oct. 4
Participants Will Learn How a Healthy Plant-Based Diet Can Treat and Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
WHAT: Food for Life: Diabetes Initiative (a five-class cooking and nutrition course)
WHEN: Oct. 4 to Nov. 1 (Tuesdays), 6 to 8 p.m. 
WHERE: Barnard Medical Center, 5100 Wisconsin Ave, N.W., Ste. 400, Washington, D.C. (a short walk from the Friendship Heights Metro stop on the Red Line). 
SPONSOR: Barnard Medical Center
COST: There is no cost to attend this Food for Life course, but registration is required. 
REGISTRATION: To register, please contact Rose Saltalamacchia at 202-527-7314 or RSalt@pcrm.org
WASHINGTON—The nonprofit Barnard Medical Center offers a five-week cooking and nutrition course, starting Tuesday, Oct. 4, to help people with type 2 diabetes, or pre-diabetes, immediately improve their health and naturally repair insulin function. Class participants can look forward to cooking demonstrations, samples of delicious, diabetes-fighting dishes, and take-home packets of quick, healthy, affordable, and easy-to-prepare recipes.
The curriculum, designed by Neal Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C., founder of Barnard Medical Center, is based on clinical research funded by the National Institutes of Health that finds a plant-based diet—rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes—improves blood sugar control, or A1c levels, three times as effectively as a standard diabetes diet. It leaves only desirable side effects: weight loss, improvements in blood pressure and cholesterol, and reduces the risk for obesity, heart disease, and certain forms of cancer. 
Local Food for Life instructor and health coach Kara Blank-Gonzalez will cover important diabetes-nutrition topics, from blood sugar control to insulin function, and will guide students through the preparation of tasty and easy-to-prepare recipes, including black bean chili, roasted red pepper hummus, kale salads, and dessert, including peach smoothies and chocolate mousse. 
The class details are as follows:
Oct. 4, 6 to 8 p.m.–Introduction: Presentation by a Barnard Medical Center Clinician
Oct. 11, 6 to 8 p.m.–How Foods Fight Diabetes 
Oct. 18, 6 to 8 p.m.–The Power of Your Plate and Grocery Cart
Oct. 25, 6 to 8 p.m.–Understanding Type 2 Diabetes
Nov. 1, 6 to 8 p.m.–Designing a Diet for Maximum Weight Control
Students will leave the class with information about how to switch to a low-fat, plant-based diet.  Participants are strongly encouraged to work with their health care team to safely adjust medications and make dietary changes. 
This plant-based prescription earns accolades from national medical organizations, including Kaiser Permanente and from Kim Williams, M.D., F.A.C.C., former president of the American College of Cardiology, and contemporary stars, including Beyoncé and Venus Williams. 
For more information about the Food for Life: Diabetes Initiative cooking and nutrition course, visit www.BarnardMedical.org. 
Food for Life is a collaborative effort of physicians, dietitians, and nutrition and cooking instructors who come together to educate the public about the health benefits of a plant-based diet for weight management and disease prevention. Based in Washington, D.C., Food for Life is a program of the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. 
Barnard Medical Center, a subsidiary of the Physicians Committee, is a nonprofit medical center, founded by Neal Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C., that integrates nutrition and medicine into complete primary care. 

Founded in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is a nonprofit health organization that promotes preventive medicine, conducts clinical research, and encourages higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research and medical training.

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