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Nutrition-focused Restaurant Campaign Hits 100+ Milestone Expanding Globally

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 7, 2019

For Information, contact: Jessie Stahl, PPC Senior Policy and Program Coordinator: (704) 412-4506 X 110

Nutrition-focused Restaurant Campaign Hits 100+ Milestone Expanding Globally

Participating Restaurants See Significant Benefit Promoting Healthy Dining

The nonprofit organization, PlantPure Communities (PPC), today announced that two key milestones had been reached via the PPC Restaurant Campaign. With the addition of Snack Mafia – a restaurant located in Guwahati, India – there are now over 100 restaurants participating in the Campaign. Restaurants must offer at least one plant-based, oil-free meal on their menu in order to participate. The PPC Restaurant Campaign responds to the growing demand from health conscious diners seeking plant-based, oil-free menu options when dining out. Participating restaurants are discovering that nutrition-based healthy menu options help expand their customer base by attracting new diners seeking meatless, low fat menu options.

The PPC Restaurant Campaign is being driven by the 200,000+ people connected to the PlantPure Communities Pod Network. To date, restaurants in eight countries – including, Australia, Bulgaria, Denmark, Israel, Canada, India, Italy and the US – have made this healthy menu item addition. Aparajita Barbora, manager at Snack Mafia (the 100th restaurant to join the Campaign), said: “I never thought business would increase so rapidly after joining the Campaign. We are adding more meat-free & dairy-free options to our menu as the number of people aware of the health benefits of a plant-based diet grows every day.”  According to Foodable Labs, “51% of chefs in the U.S. are now offering vegan options.” Leland Neal, CEO of Taco Rico Franchising, a Tex-Mex restaurant chain in Florida with six participating restaurants, said, “We take pride in being able to offer many healthy vegan and vegetarian options. Doing this really sets us apart from any competition and allows us to grow sales in this exciting market.”  Jeanne Minier, Assistant Manager at the Loving Hut Restaurant in Norcross, Georgia said, “We have new customers every day who have adopted the plant-based eating for life and are eager for oil-free and plant-pure choices. We encourage all restaurants to answer the call for more meat-free and oil-free options.”

As part of the Restaurant Campaign, Pod members venture out into their favorite restaurants to collaborate with chefs and restaurant managers to promote the addition of plant-based, oil-free options to their menus. The Campaign is supported by a virtual online toolkit which contains tips on how to approach a restaurant, how to adjust the menu, and how to ramp up business via social media and local press. Participating restaurants are spotlighted in PPC e-newsletters and social media platforms, are added to an interactive map on the PPC website, and PPC subscribers living within 50 miles of the restaurant are notified of the new healthy meal options, and encouraged to dine there with family and friends. “Everything we eat is either good or bad for our health — restaurants that add meat-free, oil-free meals make it possible to dine out with friends and family while supporting customers’ health goals,” said Jody Kass, PPC Executive Director. “The restaurant industry is changing – because American consumers are changing. More people are waking up every day to the realization that they can take control of their health and reverse their heart disease, diabetes and other chronic illness – just by changing what is on the end of their fork. While restaurant industry trends are always evolving, healthy plant-based dishes are here to stay!” said Nelson Campbell, PPC Board Chair and Founder.

Beyond the health benefits of eating more plants, reducing the consumption of animal based foods also helps curb climate impact. An important report issued by the UN in October 2018 recommends that everyone reduce their consumption of animal products by 30% to avoid irreversible damage to the planet. There is growing momentum to push plant centric menus for public health and the health of the planet.

To find out more about the PlantPure Communities Restaurant Campaign, visit this webpage and check out the Restaurant Campaign Toolkit and the interactive map listing participating restaurants.

PLANTPURE COMMUNITIES ANNOUNCES 10 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 31, 2018

For Information, contact: Jody Kass, PPC Executive Director: 704-412-4506 x101

PLANTPURE COMMUNITIES ANNOUNCES 10 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

Second round of scholarships for 2018

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The nonprofit PlantPure Communities today announced that ten Group Leaders (GLs) of Pods (independent local groups connected to the PPC Pod Network) are the newest recipients of scholarships for the renowned Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate Program offered through the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies (CNS) and eCornell. These scholarships are being made available via a collaboration between PlantPure Communities (PPC) and CNS. The scholarships are aimed at building the capacity of community leaders carrying out impactful activities in their neighborhoods via the PPC Pod Network.

PPC is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that works to build stronger, healthier, more sustainable communities through a wide range of research, policy, and program activities and by working with local nonprofits, governments, businesses, and other health and community-based organizations. The PPC Pod Network emerged out of the 2015 PlantPure Nation film with the goal of creating and supporting a grassroots movement by empowering a network of independent local groups (Pods) and people to promote the benefits of a whole food, plant-based lifestyle. Pods are comprised of like-minded people, working together to share the life-saving nutrition research that shows that a whole-food, plant-based diet is optimal for humans. To date, there are approx 500 groups across the globe with over 130,000 people involved in the Pod Network. Participation is free, and offers support and networking opportunities to everyone interested in learning, advocating and practicing a whole-food, plant-based lifestyle.  

Ten exemplary leaders were chosen to receive this scholarship due to the commendable work they are doing and the impactful community goals they are planning for 2019. “We are so thankful to CNS for their partnership and for allowing us to offer this exceptional educational resource to our on-the-ground Pod leaders who are bringing the science of plant-based nutrition to their communities,” said Jody Kass, PPC Executive Director. “CNS is pleased to support PPC’s efforts to strengthen the Pod Network by offering these educational scholarships to active community leaders helping to share the science-based nutrition and health message. There is so much confusing information out there. It is crucial that this information reaches everyone, and especially those who live in food deserts, low-income, and other underserved neighborhoods where food borne chronic diseases are rampant,” said Jenny Miller, CNS Executive Director.

The scholarship recipients represent a diverse group of local leaders who will be bringing evidence-based nutrition education back to their communities in Texas, California, New Jersey, New York, Michigan, Florida, Montana, and Pennsylvania. Two of the award winners are fluent in Spanish and another in Arabic. One leader is primarily educating college students while another is educating high school students. Meet our scholarship recipients:

Safura Osmani

Safura is the leader of JAX Healthy Eating and Living Tribe in Jacksonville, Florida, and within one year of starting her Pod she has over 250 members. She has promoted her Pod on a radio show every month, was on a local TV news broadcast, Buzz Media News, has been published in many blogs, writes bi-weekly newsletters with recipes, tips and resources, and posts on social channels twice a day with inspirational stories, recipes and tips. Safura stated, “I applied to the scholarship because my husband and I have an online social channel called Jax Vegan Couple, where we educate, engage and inspire people to eat a whole-foods, plant-based eating lifestyle. We have been great fans of Dr. T. Colin Campbell for many years and recently met the whole family. We read The China Study and have been living a plant-based lifestyle for over 10 years. We live and breathe this kind of information and love to share it with others. What I will do with information I learn is to give free workshops.”

Natasha Lantz

The Northern Vegans Pod in Negaunee, Michigan was founded several years ago and has an impressive following of over 1,000 people. Natasha is a co-leader amongst six others. The Pod hosts monthly restaurant dinners and potlucks, Vegan 101 educational classes, quarterly movie showings with attendance ranging from 20-250 people, they support a campus student group at the local University, and have began focusing on the PPC Restaurant Campaign through restaurant initiative meetings. The Pod is even regularly featured in the local daily newspaper and the campus newspaper in addition to a local news channel that covers the annual Thanksgiving potluck every year. Natasha stated, “I applied for this scholarship because having a certificate from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies will make me a more knowledgeable and effective ambassador for plant-based living as well as increase my credibility with health care professionals, restaurant owners, and my clients. I plan to share the information that I learn in the course to improve the health and happiness of those in my family, Pod, client group, and greater community. I also plan to use the information to affect cultural/policy change in my hometown through various projects with restaurants and health care professionals.”

Michelle Roberts

Youth Vegan Revolution, the first youth Pod for high school students, is run by Michelle, and is located in San Diego, California. Although only forming this year, they have participated in the Climate March and brought The Human League to present to over 800 high-school students about veganism. Michelle plans to spread the Youth Vegan Revolution to other schools in the San Diego area by educating and recruiting teachers and administrators. Besides leading the Youth Vegan Revolution, Michelle is one of the organizers of the Healthing America movement in San Diego. Upon receiving this scholarship, Michelle stated, “As a single mother, I could not afford to take this course. I am excited to increase my knowledge in plant-based nutrition and to use this knowledge and certification to educate as many others as possible about the benefits of a whole-food, plant-based diet, especially the youth.”

Christy Hartman

Christy is a new leader of the Pod Friendswood WFPB group, in Friendswood, Texas. She started in April 2018. A wide range of ages attending Pod events, from teenagers to retirees. Christy has even teamed up with other Pods in the Houston area to co-host events. Her leadership and dedication to the whole-food, plant-based movement has attracted a local magazine to publish a story about her and her plant-based life. In Christy’s words, “I’m excited for this course to give me a more academic-level understanding of plant-based nutrition, because you can never over-understand something. And I’m hoping for that to translate into my having a better ability to explain it to others. I believe experts should explain important things, so when asked an in-depth nutrition question I usually refer people to one of my trusted experts. But now that I’ll have a somewhat formal education in the matter, I’ll feel more comfortable explaining it myself.”

Anthony Masiello

Anthony is the leader for Anthony’s Plant-Based Potluck Pod, in Hampton, New Jersey and he hosts his monthly meetings at an outdoor setting at Ethos Health Farm. With this new new plant-based focused destination, his group is growing fast and now has over 460 people. Anthony is also working with a local organization to bring nationally recognized speakers to his area about the value of whole-food, plant-based diets and lifestyle. In addition to leading the Pod, Anthony is also a mentor for three other group leaders through the PPC Mentor Program. Anthony says, “I’m excited to learn the science and finer details behind eating a whole-food, plant-based diet, and to gain the knowledge and credibility that comes with this prestigious eCornell certificate program, so I can more effectively help others to understand the value and take steps toward transforming their own health with a whole-food, plant-based diet and lifestyle.”

Diana Sanz

Diana is the co-leader of the Plant Powered Queens Pod in New York City, a group that has grown to over 230 members within its first couple of months. With members from different cultures and ethnicities, Diana’s fluency in Spanish and English will be a big help. Diana, and her co-leader Enrica, have often teamed up with the nearby Pod, Plant Powered Manhattan, to co-host events. Upon receiving the scholarship, Diana stated, “The scholarship will provide me with crucial tools to continue spreading the health and wellness message through the proven healing benefits of a WFPB lifestyle, backed by the extensive science based research that Dr. Campbell has kindly made available to those fortunate to embrace it. Through Plant Powered Queens, I plan to bring the WFPB message to communities in Queens, as well as through the Facebook platform. I also plan to speak with others in a more informed and empowered capacity thanks to this course.”

Linda Eliason

Linda Eliason, and the Rocky Mountain Montana Pod in Billings, Montana, has over 160 members despite being located in “cattle country.” Through Linda’s connection to the nearby private college, the Pod has educated the students about whole-food, plant-based eating via documentary viewings and educational classes. The classes included information on how students can cook whole-food, plant-based in their dorm rooms. In addition to educating the college students, the Pod has hosted monthly potlucks as well as a symposium which 100 people attended. Linda stated, “I want to feel that I have the right to share what I know and learn more of what I don’t. I hope to be re-energized in my own effort in living a WFPB lifestyle. I feel that through earning the certificate I will obtain the education necessary to more confidently share with those in our Pod and others.”

Jacquelyn Rummel

McKinney Pure Plants, located in McKinney, Texas is a relatively new Pod led by Jacquelyn. Jacquelyn has been very active online and has created a following of over 120 people. Pod meetings will commence in January of 2019 and she is looking forward to having the Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate to increase her nutrition knowledge and credibility. Jacquelyn said, “I have been WFPB for 14 months and it saved my life. I honestly do not think I would be here now had I not changed my diet so I am convinced of the lifestyle. I created a Facebook page, Snap Pea Sheep and am very engaged with other FB pages around food. I hear so many questions and hear of so many struggles. People want guidance when they make this change! It is difficult to do alone. I want to share my story and help people in their transition to this lifestyle.”

Leslie Muckleroy

H.O.P.E (Healthy Options for Plant-Based Eating) is a new Pod, located in Jourdanton, Texas, founded by Leslie. Having only formed a couple of months ago, she has had a couple meetings and has big plans for the future. This included a holiday chef-prepared meal where a vegan chef will do a five course dinner cooking demonstration and dinner service. Leslie has the privilege of hosting her Pod meetings at an entertainment venue, which is a private house with a large kitchen and entertaining space. In addition, Leslie and her Pod are participating in the PPC Restaurant Campaign. Upon being awarded the scholarship, Leslie said, “I’m so excited to have this opportunity to participate in this course. I have wanted to learn for several years, but with two daughters in college the tuition was out of reach. I applied because I know that with knowledge, I will be able to help people in my community via our new plant-based potluck group, HOPE. I read comments and questions on social media frequently related to cooking healthy food. Food choices are very confusing. With the information I learn in the course, I want to be a resource to those who are seeking to know more as well.”

Brittany Jaroudi

Brittany is a co-leader for the Pittsburgh Plant-Based Support Group, which has over 500 members. The Pod meets monthly and she has taught several cooking demonstrations and created a YouTube channel to help their Pod members and community. In addition, Brittany is organizing to encourage local restaurants to participate in the PPC’s Restaurant Campaign and is working to bring PPC’s Oasis to her community. The local Pittsburgh Magazine published a story about the Pittsburgh Plant-Based Support Group. Brittany stated, “I want to gain a better understanding of how to explain whole-food, plant-based lifestyle to the people I am helping in my community. I would love to have the opportunity to really understand the science and share my knowledge with my community, Pod, and the world. I believe in the WFPB lifestyle will change the world. It has changed mine.

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

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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.

Leadership Coalition Forming around the Food-Climate Connection

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 1, 2018

Contact: Jody Kass, jkass@plantpurecommunities.org, (704) 412-4506 x101

Jessie Stahl, jstahl@plantpurecommunities.org, (704) 412-4506 x110

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Leadership Coalition Forming around the Food-Climate Connection

Nonprofit coordinating food and environmental leaders to address the climate impacts of the standard American diet (aka SAD)

[New York, NY] Healthy food and environmental groups today announced a new coalition building initiative, part of a larger Food-Climate Connection Campaign coordinated by PlantPure Communities (PPC). The coalition of nutrition leaders and climate/environmental leaders will work collaboratively to develop principles and a common agenda and actively carry out strategies that reflect the climate impacts of our food choices.

This announcement comes on the heels of the October 2018 report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which put the food-climate connection squarely on the public agenda. Acknowledging the direct connection between climate change and animal agriculture, the IPCC report recommends that everyone immediately reduce their consumption of animal products by 30%. This report reflects a growing recognition of the close connection between our food choices and climate.

Yet, there remains an enormous gap. The coalition building initiative that is being announced today aims to bridge that gap by developing a common language and joint strategies that will result in on-the-ground action. PPC, with its strong roots in the food/nutrition arena and a leadership team with a track record of building consensus on thorny environmental issues, is uniquely positioned to serve as the catalyst for such a coalition building process.

Central to the coalition building effort is the recognition that people often feel disconnected and unable to affect climate change. Yet, their food choices have a significant climate impact and often substantial water and air quality impacts. But even once they understand this, it may not be enough to get them to take the very significant step of reducing animal-based meals in their diet. However, when the health consequences of eating a meat-heavy diet are added to the equation, it can be much more persuasive. This Initiative will amplify and shift the public’s understanding of both the climate and health impacts of eating a western meat-heavy diet.

According to Nelson Campbell, Board Chair of PlantPure Communities and producer of the 2015 documentary film, PlantPure Nation, “Although most people think greenhouse gas emissions are mostly from energy, transportation and fossil fuels, a 2009 study by environmental specialists with the World Bank Group concluded that, when taking full account of land committed to animal agriculture and deforestation, animal agriculture accounts for a major portion of the annual worldwide greenhouse gas emissions, more than many people realize. While it is hard to know with certainty the precise contribution of animal agriculture to warming, it is clear that if we want to save our planet, while also improving our individual health, we need to change what is at the end of our forks.”

“Our food affects us and our communities in so many ways – our health, our well-being, our local and global environment. So each and every food choice we make matters.  And, the food choices that are available to us matter,” said Peter Lehner, Senior Strategic Advisor at Earthjustice. “Now is the time to ensure that people understand the full effect of what they are buying and eating, and making it easier and more affordable for all people to choose a healthy, and more climate friendly diet,” added Lehner.

Dr. T. Colin Campbell, author of the bestselling book, The China Study (based on the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted), has been speaking and writing about the food-climate connection for more than 20 years. Dr. Campbell, who serves on the PPC Board of Advisors, said, “With the growing consensus about animal agriculture’s enormous impact on climate change, the time is ripe for a powerful coalition of organizations and prominent individuals from both the food/nutrition and environmental arenas to come together to advance their mutually aligned interests.”

The coalition building initiative will bring key stakeholders together around the understanding that many of our most urgent problems stem from our animal-based western diet. Potential allies include environmental groups, food/nutrition groups, health groups, farmers, food justice entities, climate justice organizations and science groups, among others. In addition, the coalition building process will be inclusive, and as it unfolds other compatible interests and concerns will no doubt surface and be included, e.g., groups focused on animal welfare issues.  Allen Zerkin, JD, a professional facilitator out of the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University, is working with PlantPure Communities to help design and implement this Initiative.  The coalition building initiative is a one-year process, starting in November 2018, and culminating in a face-to-face gathering in May 2019, by invitation only, at the Pocantico Center of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, in New York.  

“We were gratified to see CNN, the World Resources Institute, Nature, and other publications issue reports in the last few weeks that make it clear that reducing the consumption of animal-based foods is on the critical path to climate solutions,” said Jody Kass, Executive Director of PlantPure Communities, who is coordinating the Initiative.  The dire projections from the IPCC report highlight the timeliness of this coalition building initiative.

For more information, see https://plantpurecommunities.org/foodclimateinitiative/

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PRESS ADVISORY

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 30, 2018

Contact: Jody Kass, jkass@plantpurecommunities.org, 704-412-4506 x101

Jessie Stahl, jstahl@plantpurecommunities.org, 704-412-4506 x110

Leadership Coalition Forming around the Food-Climate Connection

Nonprofit coordinating food and environmental leaders to address the climate impacts of the standard American diet (aka SAD)

[New York, NY]  A press conference is being held on November 1st at 3pm to announce a new coalition building initiative of nutrition and climate/environmental leaders who will work collaboratively to develop principles and a common agenda and actively carry out strategies that reflect the climate impacts of our food choices. At the press conference, the nonprofit PlantPure Communities (PPC) will be joined by Dr. T. Colin Campbell, PhD, an esteemed scientist considered by many as the science father of the plant-based nutrition movement; his son, Nelson Campbell, director of the PlantPure Nation feature film and founder of PlantPure Communities; Peter Lehner, Senior Strategic Advisor at Earthjustice; and others.  

This coalition building initiative is particularly timely, as an important report was released by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) earlier this month, that calls for everyone to eat 30% less animal products. The coalition will work collaboratively to develop principles and a common agenda and actively carry out strategies that reflect the climate impacts of our food choices. The coalition building initiative is a one-year process, starting in November 2018, culminating in a face-to-face gathering in May 2019, by invitation only, at the Pocantico Center of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund in New York.  

The press and other media influencers are invited to attend the press conference, which will offer an overview of the initiative, and PPC reps and other leaders will be on hand to provide information and answer questions.

WHO: PlantPure Communities (PPC) and leaders in the Food/Nutrition and Environment arenas

WHAT: Coalition Building Initiative of the Food-Climate Connection Campaign

WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 1 from 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm EST

WHERE: VNSNY 107 E. 70th St, NYC

For those who cannot attend, PPC will livestream the Press Conference on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/plantpurecommunities.

The mission of the 501c3 nonprofit organization, PlantPure Communities, is to build stronger, healthier, more sustainable communities by offering programs, resources, tools and knowledge to empower community leaders, activists, and advocates to help educate people about evidence-based nutrition that shows optimal health can be achieved through a plant-based diet. For more information about the PlantPure Communities Food-Climate Connection Campaign, go to: https://plantpurecommunities.org/foodclimatecampaign/

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THE PPC RESTAURANT CAMPAIGN HITS 70+

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 24, 2018

For Information, contact: Jessie Arnold, PPC Project Manager: (704) 412-4506 X 110

THE PPC RESTAURANT CAMPAIGN HITS 70+

Nonprofit Group Promoting Healthy Dining Reaches Key Milestone 

The nonprofit organization, PlantPure Communities, today announced that over seventy restaurants are now part of the PlantPure Communities Restaurant Campaign. Restaurants in 16 states with a wide range of cuisines are participating — including Asian, Italian, Mexican, Thai, Ethiopian and American. The Campaign responds to the growing demand from health conscious diners seeking plant-based, oil-free menu options when dining out. Restaurants that participate are finding that healthy meal options are good for their bottom line. This is reflected in the recent trends and statistics which show that the interest in plant-based protein and meat alternatives is going mainstream and that the appeal of plant-based healthy meals goes even beyond those who choose a meatless diet.


By working with local nonprofits, governments, businesses, and other health and community-based organizations, PlantPure Communities (PPC) is building stronger, healthier, more sustainable communities. The goal of the PPC Restaurant Campaign is to get every restaurant, around the country and the globe, to offer at least one plant-based, oil-free meal on their menu. The PPC Restaurant Campaign is being driven by the 100,000+ people connected to the PlantPure Communities Pod Network. The 500 groups (also known as Pods) that comprise the Pod Network are the backbone of the global plant-based movement that is led and supported by PPC.

As part of the Restaurant Campaign, Pod members venture out into their favorite restaurants to collaborate with chefs and restaurant managers to promote the addition of plant-based, oil-free options to their menus. The Campaign is supported by a virtual online toolkit which contains tips on how to approach a restaurant, how to adjust the menu, and how to ramp up business via social media and local press. Participating restaurants are added to an interactive map on the PPC website and PPC subscribers living within 50 miles of the restaurant are notified of the new healthy meal options, and are encouraged to dine there with family and friends. In addition, participating restaurants are spotlighted in PPC e-newsletters and social media platforms.   

“The Restaurant Campaign is gaining traction, as more restaurants are aligning their menus to connect with the country’s eating trends,” said Jody Kass, PPC Executive Director. “Offering plant-based, oil-free dishes to customers is simply good for business,” she said.  Kim Anderson, co-leader of the Providence, RI Pod and a member of the PPC Advocacy Council said, “It’s powerful when restaurants add healthy plant-based meals and are financially rewarded by doing the right thing, while giving plant-based eaters local options, in many cases for the very first time!”

Darlene Yanakos, a member of the PPC Advocacy Council from Pittsburgh said, “It’s so exciting to watch a great idea turn into tangible change in dozens of communities. PlantPure Communities is right on the mark as every day more millennials are embracing plant-based foods. A trip to the local supermarket where plant-based milks are squeezing out cow’s milk for shelf-space shows the power of this shift toward plant-based foods.”

Pointing to the National Restaurant Association’s report that “70% of adults say the availability of healthy menu options would make them choose one restaurant over another,” PPC Board member, Jim Courage, said: “there is strong and growing momentum — now is the right time to push this national & global change campaign.”  Kyle Ash, Director of Government Affairs, at Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) said, “PCRM applauds PPC and the restaurants that are participating in the PPC Restaurant Campaign. The country is moving in this direction, and the plant-based movement is not slowing down.”

The 70+ restaurants participating in the PlantPure Communities Restaurant Campaign include three chain restaurants, a food truck, several pop-ups, a college campus, and many more. Florida, New York, Texas, and Nevada, each have 5 or more restaurants that have earned Certificates of Participation, with Florida leading the way at 20 participating restaurants. Amy Tasetano, the superstar Pod leader who spearheaded many of the Florida restaurants said,“Navigating restaurant menus when you eat a plant-based diet can be challenging. The PPC map with links for participating restaurants is a valuable tool, allowing people to easily locate restaurants offering healthy meal options. Restaurants that make the menu change and participate in the Campaign deserve recognition and patronage,” said Amy.

“The restaurant industry is changing – because American consumers are changing. More people are waking up every day to the realization that they can take control of their health and reverse their heart disease, diabetes and other chronic illness – just by changing what is on the end of their fork. While restaurant industry trends are always evolving, healthy plant-based dishes are here to stay!” said Nelson Campbell, PPC Board Chair and Founder.

To find out more about the PlantPure Communities Restaurant Campaign, visit this webpage and check out the Restaurant Campaign Toolkit and the interactive map listing participating restaurants.

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The Food-Climate Connection

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 31, 2018

For Information, contact: Jody Kass, PPC Executive Director: 704-412-4506 x101

The Food-Climate Connection

Nonprofit Organization Hosts Groundbreaking Webinar

On August 8th, from 7:00-8:30 pm EST, the nonprofit organization PlantPure Communities (PPC) is hosting a webinar about the impact of our food choices on climate change. This groundbreaking Dialogue will be led by Nelson Campbell, founder and Board Chair of PlantPure Communities; and Peter Lehner, Senior Strategic Advisor at Earthjustice.

Few people know that our animal-based western diet has a larger impact on climate change than all transportation impacts combined. Indeed, though half the world’s population views climate change as a threat, most do not make the connection with their food choices. PPC’s Food-Climate Connection webinar is aimed at helping people understand that many of our most urgent problems are interconnected. It is anticipated that these two leaders will find tremendous common ground and that this webinar will mark the beginning of an historic collaboration between nutrition and climate advocates everywhere. All are welcome to join the Dialogue.

What: Free Webinar on ‘The Food-Climate Connection – What We Eat Matters!
Who: Hosted by PlantPure Communities
When: August 8th @ 7:00-8:30 pm EST
Where: Online – Register here

For more information about the PlantPure Communities Food-Climate Connection Initiative, please visit the PPC Food-Climate Connection webpage.

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First Chain Restaurant to Earn Healthy Restaurant Certificate

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 5, 2018

For Information, contact: Jessie Arnold, (704) 412-4506 x110

jarnold@plantpurecommunities.org or press@plantpurecommunities.org

First Chain Restaurant to Earn Healthy Restaurant Certificate

Florida-based Taco Rico now Participating in PlantPure Communities Restaurant Campaign

July 5, 2018 – The nonprofit PlantPure Communities (PPC) today announced the first chain restaurant that is participating in the PlantPure Communities Restaurant Campaign. Taco Rico Tex-Mex Cafe, which has 6 outlets in southeast Florida, has been providing fresh homemade Tex Mex cuisine, laid-back family atmosphere, and personalized attention since their first opening in 1992. The PPC Restaurant Campaign, which is driven by the 75,000+ people participating in the PPC Pod Network, supports the growing demand of health conscious diners seeking plant based, oil-free menu options when dining out around the country.  

To date, 44 restaurants in 13 states are participating in the PPC Restaurant Campaign. “With the addition of the Taco Rico outlets, the Restaurant Campaign is really gaining traction, as more restaurants are aligning their menus to connect with the country’s eating trends,” said Jody Kass, PPC Executive Director. “Offering plant based, oil-free dishes to customers is simply good for business,” she said.

All six locations of Taco Rico Tex-Mex Cafe are now serving a vegan fajita salad, and several other dishes that can be 

prepared oil-free upon request. “From a business standpoint, the portion of the population that is trying to stay healthy by 

cutting out animal products is expanding rapidly. We have always been an organization that promotes fresh, from scratch cooking daily, using low amounts of oil and salt. So expanding the menu with plant-based, oil-free options was an obvious next step. From a personal perspective, I love growing all my own vegetables organically, so offering healthy options is part of who I am,” said Leland Neal, CEO, Taco Rico franchising.

Nelson Campbell, founder and Board Chair of PlantPure Communities said, “We are confident that Taco Rico is the first of many chain restaurants to join the Campaign, as this movement is not slowing down.” According to the report, Top Trends in Prepared Foods, 70% of adults say the availability of healthy menu options would make them choose one restaurant over another. Not only are America’s food tastes changing but restaurants are discovering that serving plant-based menu items helps their bottom line.

According to the National Restaurant Association, as more consumers follow vegetarian and vegan diets, restaurants are expanding the complex, inventive veggie-centric items on their menus. Customers are eating more simply and healthfully when dining out. 

They want menu items made with high-quality greens, grains and proteins, among other things. Restaurants who cater to their needs win their loyalty and business.  “The restaurant industry is changing – because American consumers are changing. More people are waking up every day to the realization that they can take control of their health and reverse their heart disease, diabetes and other chronic illness – just by changing what is on the end of their fork. 

While restaurant industry trends are always evolving, healthy plant-based dishes are here to stay!” said Nelson Campbell. The menu at Taco Rico attracted the leaders of the Earth Save Miami Pod, Jeffrey Tucker and Estela Windwalker, who worked with Taco Rico to add oil-free options to their menu. According to Jeffrey, “EarthSavePOD (South Florida and growing) is committed to the PlantPure vision of Nelson Campbell. After 22 years, 400 community food events and 20,000 fed, we focus on food’s role in the Healthy Vegan Lifestyle, thence ‘Saving the Earth One Bite and One Byte at a Time. Approximately 6,000 EarthSavers support PlantPure Communities, whose inspiring grassroots projects align perfectly with our Mission.”

For more information about the PlantPure Communities Restaurant Campaign please visit the PPC Restaurant Campaign webpage.


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