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November 2018

WFPB Display at Local Library

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November 28, 2018

The Plant Party Pod in Richland, Washington set up a beautiful display case in their local library to share the word about plant-based eating and their Pod. The display box is available for local clubs to use for a month, and the library was very accommodating to work with. Group Leader, Diana, would like to set up the same display in her other local libraries, and make this set up a “mini traveling display”. Diana arranged the box around her personal, and impressive, stash of books, and added printed flyers from the internet and food items (beans, lentils, whole wheat pasta, squash, apples, and more) from her house.

This display is in the foyer of the library and includes the contact info for the Pod so interested community members can join. Awesome work, Diana and the Plant Party Pod! Check out your local library to see if there is a display case available for your Pod!

 

Original Submission received from Diana Knoll, Group Leader of the Plant Party – Whole Food Plant Based Living Pod in Richland, WA.

Dr. Klaper and PlantPure Communities Launch “Moving Medicine Forward” Initiative

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 27, 2018

Contact: Michael Klaper, MD at MovingMedicineForward@plantpurecommunities.org (704) 412-4506 x101

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Dr. Klaper and PlantPure Communities Launch “Moving Medicine Forward” Initiative

Project aims to make Americans healthier by providing nutrition education in medical schools

Michael Klaper, MD, one of the leading voices in support of nutrition education in medical schools, and the nonprofit PlantPure Communities today announced a two-year Initiative to encourage training in clinically-applied, plant-based nutrition and lifestyle medicine in medical schools across the country.

The sad truth is that most physicians know little about nutrition. So, the role of the patient’s daily diet as a primary cause of most of the diseases brought to Western doctors to be diagnosed and treated is seldom recognized. Most medical schools do not formally teach clinical nutrition to their students, and the courses that the few schools that do offer nutrition education are severely lacking in depth and clinical relevance. Most tragically, the powerful ability of a properly formulated nutrition-based program to effectively arrest and reverse most chronic diseases is generally not taught to physicians – so its benefits are denied to millions of patients, despite its proven effectiveness, acceptability and affordability. As a result, millions of lives and trillions of dollars are needlessly lost each year, to the detriment of individuals, their families, their community, and, ultimately, all of society.

The Moving Medicine Forward Initiative (MMF Initiative) aims to change this by weaving the thread of applied nutrition into the very DNA of medical education. According to Dr. Klaper, “We can’t keep practicing medicine as if what our patients are eating has no effect upon the diseases they bring to us to treat!” The MMF Initiative will help open the eyes of young healers to a brand of nutrition-based medicine that is far more effective and rewarding than focusing exclusively on pharmaceuticals and procedures while giving short shrift to their patients’ diets.

Dr. Klaper brings to this MMF Initiative 46 years as a primary care physician, 35 of which centered upon applying plant-based nutrition to arrest and often reverse chronic disease. Along with experienced colleagues in medicine, dietetics, psychology and related disciplines, Dr. Klaper will be directing development of a science-based curriculum for medical students and practicing clinicians on how to utilize nutrition-based healing principles in clinical settings.

Through the MMF Initiative, Dr. Klaper will be traveling throughout North America, giving live presentations at medical schools on the power of the patient’s diet to both cause or reverse diseases. At each medical school, he will encourage the students to form local Nutrition Interest Groups, where interest in clinical nutrition is kept alive through regular clinical rounds, case discussions, journal clubs, online presentations by experienced clinicians, etc. Most importantly, the MMF Initiative will be encouraging individual medical schools to establish their own courses in applied clinical nutrition as a regular part of their education program.

PlantPure Communities (PPC) is providing administrative, organizational and strategic support for the Initiative. PPC  is a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded by Nelson Campbell, producer of the 2015 PlantPure Nation film and son of Dr. T. Colin Campbell, author of The China Study.

Given the increasing scientific validation of the effectiveness of plant-based nutrition to reverse degenerative disease, combined with the crescendo of public awareness and acceptance of more plant-based diets, the times are far more favorable now to reach physicians and medical educators with the potent message of the therapeutic effectiveness of plant-based nutrition.

The Moving Medicine Forward Initiative includes:

Research — to clarify the current and planned programs across the country, learning what’s working and what’s needed to make applied nutrition part of every medical school curriculum. 


Creation of Medical School Nutrition Courses — establishing a core curriculum to teach medical students about the power of nutrition to prevent and reverse disease 


Creation of Toolkits for Student Leaders — a collection of online resources, insights and strategies to empower nutritionally-aware students and to encourage networking with like-minded professionals in their community and worldwide.

Dr. Klaper’s live presentations at medical schools throughout North America on the power of the patient’s diet to either cause or reverse diseases and the promotion of Nutrition Interest Groups at each school, where the practical uses of applied nutrition are explored weekly through clinical rounds, online presentations, journal clubs, etc.

… and, surely, much more, as bright energetic medical students become involved and contribute their own experiences and ideas!


According to Nelson Campbell, founder and board chair of PlantPure Communities, “The American healthcare system is mostly reliant on pharmaceuticals for the treatment of disease, but there is a far better way to improve health, and that is to use food as medicine.”  

Colin Campbell, PhD, author of The China Study (based on the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted), who serves on the PPC Advisory Board, said, “The whole food, plant-based diet, comprised of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds, is able to maintain and restore health more effectively than all the pills and medical procedures combined.”

Moving Medicine Forward, a collaborative Dr. Klaper and PPC Medical School Nutrition Education Initiative, will change the way that future doctors treat their patients and significantly improve the health of future generations.

For more information about this Initiative and how to aid its efforts, click here.

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Surviving the Holidays

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November 21, 2018

Just for the Health of It Pod in California held their October meeting about “surviving the holidays.” They talked about the challenges of being with those who don’t understand WFPB choices. Thanksgiving is tricky for most due to the tradition of turkey. Strategies they discussed included: Some Members allow others to bring the turkey, or are guests where turkey is present. Some host and allow no products that not are whole food, plant based. Some use it as a treat day and use vegan meat substitutes like Tofurky roasts or Field Roasts. Some go to vegan restaurants so that while their meal will include treats, there is no temptation the next day from leftovers. The Pod indulged in yummy food after their discussion, and a recipe for a Tu-no Casserole is attached in the photo. Happy holidays everyone!

Original Submission received from Mary Marotto, Member of the Just for the Health of It Pod in Pleasanton, CA.

Inspiration in Israel!

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November 10, 2018

The Path to Health Pod in Israel regularly hosts events where participants learn about the benefits of healthy whole food, plant-based eating. The Group Leader, David Goldstein, teaches about nutrition, ethics, sustainability, economics, and compassion to people who are completely new to this way of eating. During these events, participants are offered delicious food, which they later learn to be free from animal products, oil, salt, and sugar. The participants have an “immediate epiphany” when they realize how delicious this food is, inspiring them to adjust their diets and be part of the change. David reports that unanimously the participants find the food “good to the last drop” and “finger licking good” – there is never any food left behind!

To date, the Pod has reached over 2,000 people directly through these events, and many more indirectly through word-of-mouth and online information. David has big plans to launch a campaign to end world hunger, where he will work with hotels, catering halls, and community organizations to provide healthy, WFPB meals to local people who cannot afford to buy their own food. Learn more about the Path to Health Pod and the inspiring projects and plans here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PURELYHEALTHY/

Original Submission received from David Goldstein, Group Leader of the Path to Health Pod in Israel.

Networking Event & Plant-Based Science Talk

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September 13, 2018

The Plant Powered Manhattan Pod hosted its monthly networking event for the whole food, plant-based community, featuring Dr. Hooman Yaghoobzadeh, cardiologist at Weill Cornell Medicine. He presented recent scientific findings such as how important fiber is in reducing all-cause mortality, how unhealthy plant-based diets are just as bad as omnivorous diets in contributing to cardiovascular disease, and some fascinating studies on the microbiome and what happens when we change our diets. Dr. Yaghoobzadeh also spoke about applying WFPB nutrition in his practice and the results he was seeing with his patients, which are truly remarkable. 

 

The Pod also made time for personal connection, story sharing, and troubleshooting (especially how to live WFPB in a non-WFPB world). The attendees contributed a delicious potluck dinner. Another local plant-based doctor attended who was so amazed by the food, she said it was the best meal she’d had all week.

Original Submission received from Lianna Levine Reisner, Group Leader of the Plant Powered Manhattan Pod in Manhattan, New York.

SOMOS COMMUNITY CARE & PLANTPURE COMMUNITIES LAUNCH NUTRITION PILOT TO EMPOWER LOCAL RESIDENTS TO TAKE CONTROL OF THEIR HEALTH

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 4, 2018
Contact: Yuridia Peña, ypena@somoscommunitycare.org, 917-920-0459

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SOMOS COMMUNITY CARE & PLANTPURE COMMUNITIES LAUNCH NUTRITION PILOT TO EMPOWER LOCAL RESIDENTS TO TAKE CONTROL OF THEIR HEALTH

Dozens of Upper-Manhattan Medicaid Participants Embark in a Unique Program Poised to Expand Across New York City 

NEW YORK, NY– November 4, 2018 – SOMOS Community Care and PlantPure Communities today kicked-off the Harlem Oasis 13-week Pilot that is empowering Medicaid participants to take control of their health by providing access to a whole food, plant-based diet and community support. The Oasis Pilot includes a 10-day Jumpstart that provides participants with prepared meals for lunch and dinner, as well as fresh fruit, grains, and guidance to prepare simple meals for breakfast and snacks. This Jumpstart lays the foundation for the 13-week community support initiative to promote a healthy lifestyle and achieve long-term change. The goal is to help improve and reverse illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol, and hypertension.

“Many of our patients are eating the calorie-packed standard American diet that has been scientifically implicated in heart disease and early deaths, but the Oasis Program helps us address the health needs of our communities by empowering patients to regain control of their health and to experience the powerful impacts of a whole food, plant-based diet,” said Dr. Diego Ponieman, Chief Medical Officer of SOMOS Community Care.“I am proud to collaborate with PlantPure Communities in their mission to communicate science-based nutrition education and create health conscious communities for generations to come.”

“We are excited to partner with SOMOS Community Care in this transformative pilot program,” said Nelson Campbell, Founder and Board Chair of PlantPure Communities.“ We believe this kind of proactive grassroots approach, combined with an emphasis on plant-based nutrition, is the key to solving our healthcare crisis.”

The Oasis Jumpstart Pilot kicks-off with 36 patients who are predominately Latino and live in Harlem and Washington Heights. Each participant will have biomarker tests taken before and after the Jumpstart period, so they can see first-hand (via their own blood tests) the power of nutrition to improve chronic conditions in just 10 days. This hard evidence will help patients realize they can take control of their health and encourage them to make these lifestyle changes permanent.

During the 13-week pilot program, participants will have access to on-going nutrition education, cooking demonstrations, grocery store tours, wellness classes, a Square Foot Gardening workshop, and financial literacy guidance. In addition, the local Pod, a local group that is part of a worldwide network of such groups supported by PlantPure Communities, is providing support and mentorship to the Oasis Program participants, recognizing that they are more likely to sustain dietary changes in the context of a supportive community.  

“People across the nation, from all walks of life, are being changed by the knowledge that plants are the best medicine,” said Lianna Levine Reisner, Pod leader of Plant Powered Manhattan, an independent member organization of the PlantPure Communities Pod Network. “This Oasis pilot is a critical demonstration of what’s possible when we choose a healthy plant-based diet.”

“The Harlem Oasis pilot program provides low-income communities access to nutrition education and a diet that enables them to make healthier food choices,” said Dr. Juan Tapia-Mendoza. “I am excited to bring this life-changing program to Upper-Manhattan families and create even more partnerships to help close the health gap and build stronger communities.”

“The whole food, plant-based diet, comprised of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds, is able to maintain and restore health more effectively than all the pills and medical procedures combined,” said T. Colin Campbell, PhD, Member of the PlantPure Communities Board of Advisors. “It is one of the best kept medical secrets of all time.”

The kick-off was also attended by Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, who shared his story about becoming healthier and offered encouragement and well wishes to participants.

“Two years ago, when I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, I changed my eating habits from a standard American diet to an all plant-based diet,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams. “Now, I am committed to helping communities of color make healthier choices and this program accomplishes just that, which is why I am honored to be part of today’s kick-off and cannot wait to hear all of the success stories in a few months.”

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About SOMOS Community Care:

SOMOS Community Care is a non-profit, physician-led network of nearly 2,000 health care providers serving over 700,000 Medicaid beneficiaries in New York City. Launched in 2015 by its Chairman Dr. Ramon Tallaj, SOMOS Community Care is the largest and only physician-led performance provider system participating in the New York State Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program (DSRIP). The SOMOS network includes providers delivering culturally competent care to patients in some of New York City’s most vulnerable populations, particularly Latino, Asian, African-American and immigrant communities throughout the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens. 

About PlantPure Communities:

The non-profit PlantPure Communities (PPC) created the Oasis Jumpstart Program to bring healthy food and nutritional education to underserved neighborhoods. PPC partners with local leaders to offer short-term Jumpstart Pilots targeted to address the needs of each community, with the goal of achieving long-term change. The cornerstone of PlantPure Communities is the scientific nutrition research conducted by T. Colin Campbell, PhD., as detailed in the book, The China Study. Nelson Campbell, the son of Dr. Campbell, is the founder of PlantPure Communities and the director of the 2015 PlantPure Nation documentary film.

MEDIA ADVISORY: SOMOS COMMUNITY CARE & PLANTPURE COMMUNITIES TO LAUNCH NUTRITION PILOT FOR MEDICAID PARTICIPANTS

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MEDIA ADVISORY
November 2, 2018
Contact: Yuridia Peña, ypena@somoscommunitycare.org, 917-920-0459

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SOMOS COMMUNITY CARE & PLANTPURE COMMUNITIES TO LAUNCH NUTRITION PILOT FOR MEDICAID PARTICIPANTS

NEW YORK, NY – On Sunday, November 4, SOMOS Community Care and PlantPure Communities will kick-off the Harlem Oasis 13-week pilot program to empower Medicaid participants to take control of their health by providing access to a whole-food, plant-based diet and community support. The pilot includes a 10-day Jumpstart, which provides participants with healthy food and guidance on how to prepare simple meals and snacks. The goal is to help improve and reverse chronic illnesses in underserved communities.

WHAT: Harlem Oasis 13-week pilot kick-off

WHO: Upper-Manhattan Medicaid participants

SOMOS Community Care
PlantPure Communities
Plant Powered Manhattan
Dr. Juan Tapia-Mendoza
Dr. Diego Ponieman, SOMOS Chief Medical Officer
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams

WHEN: Sunday, November 4, 2018

TIME: 3 p.m.

WHERE: 3332 Broadway, New York, NY 10031

All media must RSVP to ypena@somoscommunitycare.org

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About SOMOS Community Care:

SOMOS Community Care is a non-profit, physician-led network of nearly 2,000 health care providers serving over 700,000 Medicaid beneficiaries in New York City. Launched in 2015 by its Chairman Dr. Ramon Tallaj, SOMOS Community Care is the largest and only physician-led performance provider system participating in the New York State Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program (DSRIP).  The SOMOS network includes providers delivering culturally competent care to patients in some of New York City’s most vulnerable populations, particularly Latino, Asian, African-American and immigrant communities throughout the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens.

 

About PlantPure Communities:

The non-profit PlantPure Communities (PPC) created the Oasis Jumpstart Program to bring healthy food and nutritional education to underserved neighborhoods. PPC partners with local leaders to offer short-term Jumpstart Pilots targeted to address the needs of each community, with the goal of achieving long-term change. The cornerstone of PlantPure Communities is the scientific nutrition research conducted by, T. Colin Campbell, PhD., as detailed in the book, The China Study. Nelson Campbell, the son of Dr. Campbell, is the founder of PlantPure Communities and the director of the PlantPure Nation film.