The Physicians Committee’s Food for Life plant-based nutrition education and cooking class program just expanded its global reach with 68 new instructors and institutions in locations across the globe, including Hong Kong, Tunisia, New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, Ireland, and India.
The new instructors, with 13 languages spoken among them, just completed eight intensive weeks of training and will soon start teaching classes in their communities. Among the new U.S. instructors are Vicki Beam in Oklahoma and Chenese White in Kansas, two new states for the Food for Life program. Adventist Health Ukiah Valley in California was trained to become a Food for Life institution.
Many of the new instructors have inspirational stories about their personal health triumphs that resulted from adopting a plant-based diet—from surviving cancer and heart attacks to overcoming endometriosis and rheumatoid arthritis. The instructors and institutions also include doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, chefs, and a registered dietitian. Nearly one-third of the instructors are people of color.
The Food for Life training also awarded scholarships and grants to 20 instructors and institutions who demonstrated both a financial need and a commitment to reaching underserved communities. More than half of the new instructors and institutions are seeking to reach underserved communities.
Among the scholarship and grant recipients are Vicki Beam, who has personal ties to the Native American community and plans to teach classes for four Native American nations in her area.
Chenese White works with a local nonprofit that delivers produce boxes to seniors and other community members in need. She plans to use her connections through that organization and local churches to reach people living in areas affected by food apartheid, those experiencing food insecurity, and youth and low-income mothers.
In Texas, David Trevino plans to use his years of volunteering for a homeless shelter and his connections to other community service providers to reach the underserved Spanish-speaking populations in his community.
And in India, Archana Saraf plans to leverage her involvement with a sustainable living initiative to reach people of limited income, youth, cancer survivors, and women's groups.
The Food for Life program now has 385 instructors and institutions in 32 countries and in 47 states in the U.S. Food for Life is an award-winning nutrition education and cooking class program that provides an innovative approach to diet-related chronic diseases. Since 2001, Food for Life has been a pioneer in delivering hands-on information about the direct role of plant-based nutrition in health and disease prevention to communities around the world.
To learn more about the Food for Life program and to find a class near you, visit PCRM.org/FFL.