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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

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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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PLANTPURE COMMUNITIES ANNOUNCES 5 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 21, 2018

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

PLANTPURE COMMUNITIES ANNOUNCES 5 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

First round of scholarships for 2018

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PlantPure Communities today announced five Group Leaders of Pods who are the 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 which is 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 independent groups of like-minded people, working together to spread the message of plant-based nutrition in their communities, as well as have fun and build friendships. To date, there are approx 500 groups across the globe with over 75,000 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.

Five Pod leaders were chosen to receive this scholarship due to the commendable work they are doing and the impactful community goals they are planning for 2018. “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 Ontario, Florida, North Carolina, Washington, and Idaho.

Amanda Allan

Amanda started the Kingston Veg Network Pod, located in Ontario, Canada, in January of 2018. Although a new Pod, it meets monthly and future Pod meetings will include cooking demonstrations, potlucks, meal prep events, grocery store tours, guest speakers, and documentary screening. In addition, Amanda is organizing community garden spaces that the group can access so they can promote, educate, and support their members to grow their own food. Amanda said, “Living a plant-based lifestyle is incredibly impactful for preventing and reversing disease, living ethically and in a sustainable way. Preventable disease is prevalent in my family (and all of our communities) and I strive to be a voice for change. I am extremely passionate about promoting this lifestyle, and this course will lend legitimacy to incite positive changes in the lives of those around me, and those I engage through my Pod and other volunteer endeavors. Not only for personal growth, but it is invaluable to me to be able to help others transition to this way of life as a confident and credible source of information.”


Amy Tasetano

Amy Tasetano founded and fostered two Pods in Southwest Florida, SW Florida Healthy Eating in Venice and Port Charlotte. These pods have grown from 10 to over 600 members in two short years. Both Pods have been active in the PPC Restaurant Campaign and eight restaurants in these communities have earned Restaurant Campaign certificates of participation. In addition, Amy currently mentors three Group Leaders in PlantPure Communities Pod Network and has earned the Leadership Award for submitting the most Pod News articles. On being awarded the scholarship, Amy stated, “This certificate will enable me to have a deeper, more trusted understanding of the WFPB lifestyle. Additionally, the knowledge I acquire will help me to be a more educated and credible presenter to my Pods, ​at speaking engagements as well as on the internet. ​​I hope to expand my educational outreach to members of my Pods,​ neighboring communities as well as those who follow me ​on https://begreenwithamy.com/ ​about the benefits of adopting a WFPB lifestyle.”


Christine Frost

Christine is a co-leader of the Eating Smarter Each Day Pod in Durham, North Carolina. The monthly Pod meetings include themed discussions, presentations, cooking demonstrations, and video screenings. They have even hosted guests such as Nelson and Kim Campbell. Christine has also been a key leader in organizing a week long series of events for the last three years that she calls “Plant Based Eating Week.” This event includes trips to local vegan restaurants, catered plant-based food samplings, and cooking demonstrations. Upon being awarded the scholarship, Christine said, “After starting my own PlantPure Pod with a friend, I heard about this scholarship and knew it was meant for people like me. The China Study and PlantPure Nation are both perfectly in line with my reasoning behind becoming a career Health Coach. After losing my father to heart disease at the age of 57, I took control of my own health and the health of my family. I lost over 50lbs in a two-year period and because of the helpful resources provided by the Campbell’s and others, I was able to reach those who needed my help and carry out my mission. Now, I hope to build even more confidence and a strong foundation to provide relief to people who are suffering from terrible eating choices –  by showing them that there is a better way. With a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition, I know I can be armed with the facts and teach others who want to be stronger and healthier.”


 

Joy Colborn

Joy is a new group leader for Battle Ground Healthy Revolution, in Battle Ground, Washington. She plans to initiate the PPC Restaurant Campaign and work with locally owned restaurant owners and the local school to start serving whole-food, plant-based meals. Joy said, “I applied for this scholarship so that I could speak intelligently to those around me who are hesitant or skeptical regarding a plant based diet and the benefits it offers. I have some knowledge now based on the documentaries I have watched but I really want to solidify the information and turn that into education for my community and loved ones.”


Valerie Scrafford

Valerie is the group leader of Wholly Lifers out of Hayden, Idaho. In 2016, only one person attended the first Pod meeting. Two years later, the Pod has 225 members and anywhere from 20-25 attending the monthly meetings – which include presentations, cooking demonstrations, video screenings, and book reviews. Valerie even helped encouraged her mother to become plant-based and start her own Pod in Sequim, Washington. Valerie said, “I applied for the CNS scholarship so that I could gain further credentials in order to reach more people with the good news of the whole-food plant-based lifestyle and its health benefits. I strongly believe that the appropriate credentials are vital to build credibility and trust in the community. I expect to gain a broader knowledge base through the course and look forward to sharing this information with others.”

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RELEASE OF NATIONAL OPEN INVITATION FOR 2018 OASIS JUMPSTART PROGRAM

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 17, 2018

For Information, contact:

Jody Kass, Executive Director, 704-412-4506 x101, JKass@PlantPureCommunities.org

 

RELEASE OF NATIONAL OPEN INVITATION FOR 2018 OASIS JUMPSTART PROGRAM

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Communities Encouraged to Participate

The nonprofit organization, PlantPure Communities, released an Open Invitation today, inviting community groups across the country to participate in the 2018 round of the Oasis Jumpstart Program. Organizations that want to lead a community-wide initiative are encouraged to apply.

Through the PlantPure Communities (PPC) Oasis Jumpstart Program, healthy meals and nutrition education are being made available in low-income, food-desert, and other underserved neighborhoods at affordable and subsidized prices. The Oasis Program brings the 10-day Jumpstart (as seen in the 2015 documentary PlantPure Nation—now available for free on YouTube), to people who otherwise would not have access and/or could not afford it. Oasis empowers participants with knowledge and tools to take control of their health through nutrition, by enabling them to experience the benefits of a plant-based diet first-hand. The 10-day Jumpstart serves as the foundation and starting point of a 13-week support program, and longer term community support initiative. Approximately ten Oasis Jumpstart Pilots will be carried out in 2018.

PPC is providing significant staff support, reduced pricing, and other assistance to Pilot communities. Oasis participants will have their biomarker data taken at the beginning and end of the 10-day Jumpstart period. Each person will receive healthy plant-based meals, nutrition education, and other local support. To date, several Oasis Jumpstarts have been completed in Pilot communities across the US (see Success Stories).  Oasis participants have seen dramatic health changes in a short amount of time and have been inspired to make the lifestyle changes permanent.

Despite spending more money on healthcare than any other country in the world, the U.S. has failed to stem the rising tide of chronic disease. Its primary weapons, a plethora of pharmaceuticals, mostly focus on symptoms and do not address root causes. Nearly half of all Americans are on some form of prescribed medication. Studies show that children from lower income households are twice as likely to be obese as children from higher income households. Exacerbating the problem, 11.5 million Americans live in food deserts. (The federal government defines food deserts as areas “in the U.S. with limited access to affordable and nutritious food, particularly such an area composed of predominantly lower income neighborhoods and communities.”)  “Our goal is to make sure everyone has access to healthy food and nutrition education, regardless of their background, location, or socioeconomic status,” said Nelson Campbell, who founded PlantPure Communities.

“The Oasis program is important not only because it brings these health benefits to low-income communities sorely in need, but it will also continue to increase the growing body of evidence that shows the powerful ability of diet to reverse serious diseases, like heart disease, type 2 diabetes and other diseases. Nelson’s group is literally ‘jump-starting’ the application of what my 30+ years of research plainly documented: a whole-food, plant based diet can prevent and reverse the diseases that kill most Americans,” said T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D.

“Most people who grew up eating the standard American diet (aka SAD) are confused about what constitutes a healthy diet. People know they need to eat healthier, but they don’t know where to turn,” said PPC Executive Director, Jody Kass. “The Oasis Jumpstart program offers a validated path for people who have tried over and over again to eat healthier, but find they don’t have the knowledge, time, or resources to make lasting change.”

There is no cost to apply, applications are due May 21, 2018, and the online application can be found at: http://plantpurecommunities.org/national-open-invitation

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PLANTPURE COMMUNITIES ANNOUNCES 5 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 11, 2018

For Information, contact:

Jody Kass, Executive Director, 704-412-4506 x101, JKass@PlantPureCommunities.org

PLANTPURE COMMUNITIES ANNOUNCES 5 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

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PlantPure Communities today announced the Group Leaders of five Pods who are the 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 which is 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. To date, there are over 460 groups across the globe with over 45,000 people involved in the Pod Network. Participation is free, and offers support and networking opportunities to everyone interested in learning, incorporating, advocating and practicing a whole food, plant-based lifestyle. These are independent groups of like-minded people, working together to spread the message of plant-based nutrition in their communities, as well as have fun and build friendships.

Five 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 2018. “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. Through this partnership, PPC awarded a total of 20 scholarships in 2017. “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 this science-based nutrition education back to their communities in Colorado, Missouri, Upper Michigan, Oregon and Queensland, Australia. One of the award winners is fluent in Spanish, another is connected to the Chippewa Indians and a third has extensive experience working with children and schools. These skills and relationships have put the award winners in unique positions to help communities who need the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle.


Monica Llorain

Monica Llorain was one of the first community leaders to start a pod after the Pod Network was launched in 2015. Her Pod, STL Plant-Centered Living in St Louis, Missouri, has maintained continuous momentum for two years. Pod activities have included potlucks, Farmer’s Market visits, supporting local restaurants in offering plant-based menu items, skyping sessions with plant-based celebrities and cooking lessons. On being awarded the scholarship, Monica stated “I am super excited to be a recipient of the Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate scholarship. Through the knowledge I receive with this program, I hope to provide credible nutritional information to my community to empower people to take back their health and ultimately their lives.” Her Pod, which started with 8 members is now 649 members strong. Monica’s goal is to put together a symposium with well-known physicians in the plant-based world, and bring them to her community. Fluent in both English and Spanish, Monica’s ability to work with diverse communities is greatly enhanced by these skills. Monica says, “I can give educated, science backed advice, through the education I receive through eCornell. I would love to sit down with our members and help them develop a plan with which they can achieve major positive health results through nutrition.”


Katie Costa

After moving to Edwards, Colorado, aka Vail Valley, a couple of years ago, Katie realized that there were limited plant-based community resources available locally. With the help of her plant-based physician, she reached out to the local community and started the Vail Valley Plant Based Living Pod in August 2017, which has grown to 43 members by January 2018. Since its inception, the group has been active with regular monthly meetings and through the PlantPure Pods website and an active Facebook community. Katie is especially passionate about the PlantPure Communities Restaurant Campaign, and her Pod is planning to organize a Restaurant week in late 2018. Katie stated, “By taking this (Plant-based Nutrition Certificate) course, I will have gained more knowledge of the evidence base behind plant based nutrition and increase my confidence in talking to pod members, local restaurants and community members.


Sonia Drake

Sonia Drake has been a beacon of Plant-based living in Queensland, Australia. Not only has she been successfully running her PlantPure Pod Plant Powered Brisbane since April 2016, but she has also inspired other Pods in nearby communities. Her Pod organizes a variety of meet-ups and other events including potlucks, supporting local plant-based restaurants and education sessions with plant-based experts. The Pod’s 153 members include teachers, nurses, health care practitioners, tradespeople, students, retirees, public servants, arts workers, business people and full time parents. Regarding using the knowledge gained for the Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate, Sonia says “The course would support these (Pod) goals and give me the opportunity to build on members’ knowledge and confidence and better support our growing member base. I would also importantly use this education to further my work in the school sector. Resources supporting a plant based lifestyle in the Australian curriculum are sadly inadequate. I would use the information obtained through the course to improve this situation by developing material to support classroom teachers and students.”


Janel Crooks

The Lake Superior Pod run by Pod leader Janel Crooks is one of the Northernmost Pods in the US, located in Michigan Upper Peninsula. Janel, who is connected to the Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, says, “Our remote community (Alger County, MI) is underserved and economically repressed (13% poverty). I am reaching out to the tribal health center in hopes of engaging them.” Janel is a passionate participant of the PPC Restaurant Campaign and the future goals of her Pod include the Tribal Health Center Outreach project, combining whole foods plant based no oil education and cooking demos, community education, movies and cooking demos in partnership with several local organizations. Janel, who participated in the Pilot testing phase of the Restaurant Campaign plans to invite Pods scattered in Michigan and Wisconsin to support the Restaurant Campaign in Munising while visiting the national parks and forests, for which Munising is famous. On being awarded the scholarship, Janel states “Growing up on a farm, I saw firsthand the health and land stewardship benefits of organic gardening. Forty years later, I applied for the scholarship in hopes of satisfying an ongoing fascination with both the scientific rationale for the whole food plant-based diet and the political/social/economic factors that prop up both the standard american diet and chemical agriculture. Once armed with solid knowledge of the Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate Program’s curriculum, I look forward to confidently sharing its messages with our local plant-based potluck group and through a variety of other programs and projects in Alger County.”


Fran Batzer

Fran Batzer is a certified Integrative Nutrition Holistic Health Coach and a Plant-Based Chef in Medford, Oregon. Through the Plant-based Medford Pod, Fran organizes local events, including potlucks with talks by plant-based doctors, plant-based cooking lessons and has influenced the local co-op cafe to have about one-third plant-based options. Fran plans to use the knowledge gained from this scholarship to deepen engagement of her Pod on the scientific basis of the WFPB diet. Fran said, “I love teaching about the importance of living a plant-based lifestyle. How eating a clean diet without processed flours, salt, oils, and sugars can be easy with a bit of pre-planning. How eating plant-based does not need to be fancy or complicated. I believe completing this plant-based nutrition certification will add to my credentials and credibility, in addition, help me be better prepared to engage in productive conversations.” Future goals of the Plant-based Medford Pod include offering more strategies to transition to plant-based lifestyle, touring local sanctuaries and providing tools on how to reach out to friends and family to join Pod meetings.

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$10k Grant to Connect Gardening with Healthy Eating

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 9, 2017

For Information, contact:

Jody Kass, Executive Director, 704-412-4506 x101, JKass@PlantPureCommunities.org

$10k Grant to Connect Gardening with Healthy Eating

#WhatWeEatMatters

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PlantPure Communities has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Square Foot Gardening (SFG) Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded by Mel Bartholomew. The grant is to support the integration of a gardening component into the PlantPure Communities Oasis Program; and to share the Square Foot Gardening Method with the PlantPure Communities Pod Network.

In awarding the $10,000 grant to PlantPure Communities, Laura Bartholomew, the managing director of the SFG Foundation, said: “We think there are so many ways our two organizations can come together and blend our visions toward the same goal – teaching people around the world the benefits of growing and eating plant-based foods for better long-term health and nutrition!”  Steve Bartholomew, the son of Mel Bartholomew, who created Square Foot Gardening, a simple, easy and efficient method to teach people how to grow their own food, said, “The collaboration between PlantPure Communities and the Square Foot Gardening Foundation will help spread the great message of growing and eating fresh vegetables and fruit around the world.”

(From left to right: Nelson Campbell, Laura Bartholomew, Steve Bartholomew, Jody Kass, Laurie Courage, Dr. T. Colin Campbell, and Jim Courage)

The mission of the SFG Foundation is to teach self sustainability and reliance through gardening and to promote a lifestyle that manages health in a positive manner. PlantPure Communities (PPC) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization working to build stronger, healthier and more sustainable neighborhoods through research, policy, and program activities. PPC partners with a wide range of stakeholders to share the benefits of a whole food, plant-based lifestyle. Nelson Campbell, founder of PPC and creator of the vision for the Oasis Program, said: “SFGF and PPC will work together to provide affordable food options in lower income communities that help people take charge of their health and gain independence from an expensive and overburdened healthcare system.”

An important PPC goal is to empower millions of people to take control and responsibility for their wellness. Through the Oasis Program, PPC is bringing healthy food and science-based nutrition education to underserved neighborhoods across the country, engaging hundreds of people who otherwise would not have access and/or could not afford it. To date, four Pilots have been completed in communities in Georgia, Tennessee, Rhode Island, and Arizona. (See link for more information about the Oasis Program and success stories: http://plantpurecommunities.org/oasis-success-stories/). With this support of the SFG Foundation, PPC is advancing an initiative to integrate a gardening component into the Oasis Program. The Square Foot Gardening method offers a simple system that can be implemented in just about any home (even those with extremely limited access to green space). Integrating the SFG method into Oasis fulfills one of PPC’s key growth objectives for the Oasis Program. It will provide families with locally grown, fresh, nutritious, organic food and help them become self-sustainable. While the initial 10 days of the Jumpstart serve as the foundation of the Oasis Program, integrating the Square Foot Gardening method into the larger 13-week Oasis Program will powerfully reinforce the connection between health and food, and increase the likelihood of achieving long-term success and lasting changes. The second round of Oasis Pilot communities will be selected via an Open Invitation that will be issued in early 2018.

The official public announcement of the grant took place at the Anniversary event of PlantPure Communities on Nov. 30th in NYC. Many leaders of the plant-based movement were there to help celebrate.

(John Salley, 4-time NBA champ and vegan champion, with Laura and Steve Bartholomew from the Square Foot Gardening Foundation)

“We are grateful to the SFG Foundation for this support,” said Jody Kass, executive director of PPC. “The grant has already allowed PPC to create a roadmap to more fully integrate this extraordinary gardening method into the Oasis Program. In addition, PPC has created an Info Sheet on the Square Foot Gardening Method, which is now on PPC’s website and will be an anchor for the PPC Toolkit on Gardening, which will be unveiled in the first quarter 2018.” PPC has developed a series of virtual Toolkits as topic-specific project guides particularly to support the PlantPure Communities Pod Network. There are over 45,000 people participating in 460 groups (or ‘Pods’) who are connected to the PPC Pod Network. Each of the Toolkits offer a wide range of materials, forms, resources, and more. The Toolkits are designed so that Group Leaders of the Pod may create a menu of potential project options that Pod members may choose to implement in their communities. The $10,000 grant from the SFG Foundation has also been used to help lay the foundation for the Gardening Toolkit.

T. Colin Campbell, PhD., author of The China Study, who serves on the PPC Board of Advisors said, “I am thrilled about the Square Foot Gardening Foundation’s support of PPC’s Oasis Program. This partnership will help change many lives for the better by providing fresh, sustainable, and affordable whole food, plant based ingredients to homes across the country.”

Jim Courage, PPC Board member, said, “PlantPure Communities is delighted and so grateful to Steve and Laura Bartholomew and the Square Foot Gardening Foundation for their most generous $10,000 grant. Our organizations share synergy and align on the purpose of helping people, especially in underserved communities, take actions to improve their health. SFGF is helping PPC work to embed a gardening component in PPC’s Oasis program. This will encourage individuals and families in many US communities to create 4’ by 4’ gardens for themselves and grow a variety of whole, plant- based foods and vegetables like romaine, kale, broccoli and swiss chard for their families. This is all part of our shared vision for healthier, more sustainable communities and makes progress toward ending world hunger.”

For more information about PlantPure Communities, go to: www.plantpurecommunities.org

For more information about the Square Foot Gardening Foundation, go to: http://squarefootgardening.org/

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NONPROFIT LAUNCHES CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 11, 2017

Contact: Jessie Arnold, PlantPure Communities

(704) 412-4506, ext. 110, jarnold@plantpurecommunities.org

NONPROFIT LAUNCHES CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN

JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

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PlantPure Communities (PPC) today announced the launch of a new crowdfunding campaign. In collaboration with Vitamix, the campaign will support the PPC Oasis Program which is bringing whole, plant-based food to underserved communities. Donors who participate in the campaign will be supporting a great cause.

PPC is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that works to share the health and empowerment message contained in important scientific research conducted by T. Colin Campbell, PhD, as detailed in his book, The China Study. Dr. Campbell, who serves on the PPC Advisory Board said, “I am delighted by the interest shown by Vitamix to participate in PPC’s programs.” Through the PPC Oasis Program, people in underserved neighborhoods who are struggling with diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and other food borne illnesses are provided food and nutrition education and the opportunity to learn about the benefits of eating more whole, plant-based foods, enabling them to experience the health benefits firsthand. At the same time, over 45,000 people in independent groups located across the globe (known as Pods) are connected to the PPC Pod Network which supports a grassroots movement of people working to promote the benefits of nutrition. Participation in the Pod Network is free and offers a wide range of support and networking opportunities. Visit the PPC website for more information about the Pod Network: http://plantpurecommunities.org/plantpurepods/

For this crowdfunding campaign, PPC is collaborating with Vitamix, a company that designs, develops and produces the world’s best performing and most reliable blending solutions. Many people who have transitioned to eating whole plant foods find the need for a high quality, high speed blender as they discover the exciting new tastes and recipes. “Our collaboration with Vitamix is synergistic–every day more people are taking control of their health and joining the Pod Network for support in their wellness journey. The transition to eating more plants is greatly enhanced with the use of a high-quality blender. Since adopting a plant-based lifestyle three years ago, I use my Vitamix several times a day,” said Jody Kass, executive director at PlantPure Communities.  John Barnard, Executive Chairman from Vitamix stated, “we have been strong supporters of the scientific nutrition research conducted by T. Colin Campbell, so we are very pleased to be partnering with PPC in their efforts to spread the health message of eating more plant-based food.”

PPC is utilizing the Generosity crowdfunding platform, which is built on Indiegogo’s powerful global fundraising engine, and was specifically created for socially minded fundraising causes. Donations of $100 or more will receive an exclusive offer coupon towards any household Vitamix premium blender. Donors who want to take advantage of the great Vitamix offer have the option to donate through the link below. For a $100 donation you have the choice of a 15% coupon (includes free shipping and free copy of 101 Blender Drinks Book) for a New Vitamix Blender, or for Vitamix owners, a $100 trade in offer on the purchase of a new or certified reconditioned Vitamix package.  Of course donations of any amount will be gladly accepted!

The campaign runs until January 31, 2018 – just in time for the holiday giving season, with the objective of raising $10,000 towards PPC’s $40,000 end-of-the-year goal.

Link to the Generosity page to make a donation: https://tinyurl.com/PPCCrowdfundraiser

Link for more information about the Vitamix Trade-In Program: https://tinyurl.com/VitamixTradeIn

 

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Nonprofit Brings Change to the Table with National Restaurant Campaign

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 30, 2017

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

jarnold@plantpurecommunities.org or press@plantpurecommunities.org 

Nonprofit Brings Change to the Table with National Restaurant Campaign

#WhatWeEatMatters

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According to the Center for Disease Control, chronic diseases and conditions—such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and arthritis—are among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems, and more than half of all American adults have at least one of these conditions. These chronic conditions have been shown to improve and even to be reversible by adoption of a whole, plant-based diet. With 6% of the U.S. population now identifying as vegan (up from 1% in 2014), and 30% leaving meat off their plates altogether and seeking out plant-based alternatives, the announcement today of the PlantPure Communities Restaurant Campaign is not surprising, nor is it surprising that over a dozen restaurants across the country have already signed up to participate.

The goal of the PlantPure Communities (PPC) Restaurant Campaign is for every restaurant across the nation and across the globe to offer on their menu at least one plant-based meal with no oil. The Campaign is part of PPC’s larger initiative to share the health and empowerment message contained in scientific nutrition research, much of which was led by T. Colin Campbell, PhD., as detailed in his book, The China Study. According to Dr. Campbell, “The scientific evidence is now clear and convincing – the standard American diet, which is low in whole plant-based foods and high in animal based foods, added fats and refined carbohydrates (sugar, refined flour) is the single largest contributor to America’s healthcare crisis. As more doctors are now prescribing no meat/no added fat dietary prescriptions for their heart disease and diabetic patients, the PlantPure Communities Restaurant Campaign is aligning with mainstream Americans who wish to adopt healthy eating while dining out.”

The Restaurant Campaign is supported by a virtual Toolkit on PPC’s website which offers resources for restaurant owners and managers, as well as local residents who are inspired by the Campaign to promote change in their neighborhoods by going restaurant-to-restaurant. Nelson Campbell, who is Dr. Campbell’s son, produced the PlantPure Nation film, and founded the nonprofit PlantPure Communities, said, “If we are going to transform the world around this health message, we need to work in a grassroots way, which is what this restaurant campaign is all about.” The Toolkit includes documents tailored to restaurant owners/managers, explaining the difference between vegan and vegetarian options, and tips on how to add healthy, delicious meals to their menu. It also includes a roadmap to help local residents approach restaurants, and strategies to get the word out about new healthy offerings – via HappyCow and other apps. Participation in the Campaign and access to the Toolkit are free.

Restaurants who achieve the meal standard are eligible to receive a Certificate of Participation from PlantPure Communities that they may display on the premises. John Salley, the four-time NBA Champion who flew in from LA to join PPC for the Press Conference said: “As more restaurants begin offering plant-based options with no oil, we will all have a greater chance of improving our health, the health of the planet, and the welfare of animals. I’m so glad to be part of this Campaign with PPC. Growing the access to healthy food is literally changing the game for athletes–with NBA players on the road all the time, increasing the healthy plant-based options means that players will be more likely to find healthy options to support their health and wellness goals!”

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 Executive Director Jody Kass, said: “there is strong and growing momentum — now is the right time to launch this national & global change campaign.” “The PlantPure Communities (PPC) Restaurant Campaign is an exciting project,” said, Robert Ostfeld, MD, MSc, and Director of Preventive Cardiology at Montefiore. “As a preventive cardiologist, I witness the profound health benefits of a plant-based diet on a daily basis. This innovative campaign increases dining options for those in the plant-based community, and will hopefully introduce thousands, if not millions, of people to delicious and healthy plant-based meals.”

Already, restaurants in California, New York, Florida and Virginia have made changes to their menu and are participating in the Campaign.  To find out more, visit http://plantpurecommunities.org/restaurant-campaign/  

WHO: PlantPure Communities (PPC)

WHAT: PPC Restaurant Campaign Launch – In-person Press Conference

WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 30 from 2:45pm – 3:45pm EST

WHERE: P.S. Kitchen, 2nd floor, 246 W. 48th St, NYC

The PlantPure Communities Pod Network supports and empowers a grassroots movement of more than 45,000 people in over 460 independent groups (“Pods”) and people working to promote the benefits of a whole food, plant-based lifestyle by sharing nutrition information, offering support and leading project and policy initiatives. As the Restaurant Campaign ramps up in early 2018, the Pods are leading the way, working hand-in-hand with restaurant owners and managers in their neighborhoods to help them grow their business by understanding and capturing the pent-up demand for healthier meals.

In New York, Mitchell Castell, the Group Leader of the Long Island Pod, said “I was privileged to be part of the PlantPure Communities Restaurant Campaign Pilot. The Long Island Pod had several Pod meetings where the Campaign was discussed and it was well received. Many ideas were shared and some of us took the initiative to go out and seek restaurants to qualify for the Restaurant Certificate. With over 150 members in our Pod, we are always looking for places to eat that will accommodate our food choices. Some of us don’t go out too often or skip dining out altogether as we don’t want to always be asking the waiter if they can make this or that. The PPC Restaurant Campaign will help us to have more food choices so we can frequent more restaurants not only ourselves, but with family and friends as well.”

According to Jeanne Schumacher – Starch Queens and Group Leader of the Westchester Pod: “PPC is on a roll! So glad they are helping to get restaurants on board as it is so important to offer healthy choices!  The Westchester Pod, with over 1,100 members, is all over this!  We just had Eda’s Garden open in Yorktown Heights, NY, which is almost 100% plant based and we are expecting many restaurants in our community to earn their Restaurant Campaign participation certificate.  So exciting! Keep up the great job!”

Natasha Spearman-Isip, the Pod leader in Staten Island who has had great success with several Staten Island restaurants, said, “I’m thrilled to take part in the Restaurant Campaign to assist others in my community determined to maintain a healthy, compassionate diet. It’s good for the community and good for business. The best outcome for both parties! It is so nice to be able to order without going through a list of requirements for a healthy meal. I look forward to more restaurants taking this initiative to please a growing customer base.” Speaking as the Pod leader, Natasha said, “Staten Island Sprouts is so happy to be given the opportunity to showcase this community spot for its commitment to community and health.”

Massimo Felici, Executive Chef and Owner of Vinum in Staten Island, which received the first PlantPure Communities Restaurant Certificate, stated “More and more patrons are looking for healthy options. Happy I can be of service.”

According to the owners of the Everything Goes Book Cafe, in Staten Island, which has also earned the Certificate,  “We are very happy to be able to offer some truly healthy food choices to people eating out in our neighborhood.   We have always had a few vegan items on our menu (that did not have any added oil), but 2 years ago we expanded our menu to include more choices, such as our ITIJI Bowl, which is built around warm brown rice and chopped raw veggies and a tahini lemon dressing. Simple! We are also happy about this initiative!”

“The PlantPure Communities Restaurant Campaign has been a solid initiative with plentiful resources that has helped our group gain momentum in reaching out to local restaurants. Our goal is to create greater access to healthy, WFPB menu items for locals and tourists when dining out in the Vail Valley,” said Katie Costa, Group Leader of the 26 member Vail Valley Plant Based Living Pod, in Edwards, CO.

“This campaign will offer restaurants a greater population of health-conscious eaters. Many of us really want to eat out more,” said Sharme Ridley, aka Atlanta Creole of the Plant-based, Whole food Living Pod in Fayetteville, GA.

“We were pleased to assist in updating the Restaurant Campaign Toolkit and we were fortunate to bring all 6 of Leland Neal’s Taco Rico Tex Mex restaurants on board,” said Chef Estela WindWalker and Jeff ‘VeganMan’ Tucker, Group Leaders of the 5,000 member EarthSave Pod in South Florida

“We have over 620 members in our two groups alone who wish to dine at restaurants which support their health promoting lifestyle. We are delighted to encourage and reward (with this certificate and our patronage) restaurants offering vegan menu items (no animal products) which are not cooked with oil,” said Amy Tasetano, Group Leader of the SW Florida Healthy Eating Pods in Venice and Port Charlotte, Fl.

“More and more Americans are making healthy eating a habit, but they can get sidetracked when dining out. Having a plant-based, oil-free option on the menu will make it much easier for health-conscious people to maintain their momentum every day,” said Victoria Moran, Main Street Vegan author and radio host.

As a member of the PlantPure Communities Advocacy Council, and a founding member of the 550+ member Powered by Plants Pod, in Providence RI, I am delighted to see PPC reach this important milestone today. This grassroots/Pod-led effort to create change in local restaurants is what, ultimately, will result in real change,” said Kimberly Anderson.

Darlene Yanakos, member of the PPC Advocacy Council said, “The PPC Restaurant Campaign is an important milestone in PPC’s grassroots advocacy. It will give advocates, servers and restaurant owners the tools to make whole food, plant based healthy choices a reality for everyone.”

Kyle Ash, Director of Government Affairs at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, said “It is such an honor to serve on the Advocacy Council for PlantPure Communities. I’m excited to see this innovative network of advocates focused on increasing plant-based options in restaurants across the country.”

According to Jim Courage, who serves on the PPC Board of Directors, “PlantPure Communities is so excited to launch our national Restaurant Campaign. Thanks to PS Kitchen here in NY for leading the way demonstrating all the health benefits of a whole food, plant based low oil diet. We look forward to thousands of restaurants ensuring healthy meals are on their menu!”

Jenny Miller, Executive Director of the Center for Nutrition Studies (CNS) said, “PPC’s Restaurant Campaign has the potential to have a huge impact on the American dining landscape. Since it is grounded in Dr. Campbell’s nutritional research, it will truly help people struggling with food-borne illness, and ultimately save lives.”

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PRESS ADVISORY

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 22, 2017

Contact: Kristyn Helm, khelm@plantpurecommunities.org, 704-412-4506 x109

PlantPure Communities Restaurant Campaign Launch and Press Conference

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[New York City, NY] The PlantPure Communities Restaurant Campaign will be launched at a Press Conference being held at P.S. Kitchen in New York City on Nov. 30th at 2:45pm. At the Press Conference, the nonprofit PlantPure Communities (PPC) will be joined by 4-time NBA Champion John Salley, best-selling author Dr. T. Colin Campbell, PhD, and director of the PlantPure Nation film Nelson Campbell.

According to the Center for Disease Control, chronic diseases and conditions—such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and arthritis—are among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems, and more than half of all American adults has at least one of these conditions. The goal of the PPC Restaurant Campaign is for every restaurant, across the nation and the globe, to offer at least one plant-based meal with no oil, on their menu to support the health needs of America’s chronically ill population. Restaurants will increase their customer base and Americans will be able to continue to dine out confident that they are not exacerbating their health condition. Already, restaurants in California, New York, Florida and Virginia have made changes to their menu and are participating in the Campaign.

The press and other media influencers are invited to attend the PPC Restaurant Campaign Press Conference, which will offer an overview of the Campaign, how restaurants and advocates can get involved, and what the benefits are for those who participate. PPC reps, and leaders in the Campaign’s initial pilot run will be on hand to provide information, answer questions and share success stories.

WHO: PlantPure Communities (PPC)
WHAT: PPC Restaurant Campaign Launch
WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 30 from 2:45pm – 3:45pm EST
WHERE: P.S. Kitchen, 2nd floor, 246 W. 48th St, NYC
For those who cannot attend, PPC will livestream the Press Conference on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/plantpurecommunities.

PPC’s mission 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 Restaurant Campaign, check out http://plantpurecommunities.org/restaurant-campaign/

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PPC Announces 5 Scholarship Recipients for Fall 2017

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 21, 2017

For Information, contact:

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

PLANTPURE COMMUNITIES ANNOUNCES 5 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

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PlantPure Communities today announced the five Pod leaders who are the 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, and eligibility was targeted to build 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.

Application eligibility for the second round of scholarships was limited to Group Leaders of Pods that are actively participating in the PlantPure Communities Pod Network. A total of 28 applications were received, out of which 5 exemplary leaders were chosen to receive this scholarship due to the extraordinary work they are doing and plan to do in their communities.

“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. The Pod Network was designed to create and support a grassroots movement by empowering a network of independent local groups and people working to promote the benefits of a whole food, plant-based (WFPB) lifestyle. Over 40,000 people participate in the global PlantPure Communities Pod Network.

“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 will be bringing this science-based nutrition education back to their communities in San Diego, California; Long Island, New York; Lubbock, Texas; Miami, Florida; and Wellington, New Zealand. Some of the scholarship winners are fluent in Spanish and French, which strengthens their ability to work with diverse and minority communities.

  Karla Vargas, from Lubbock, Texas, has a strong background in social work, having worked with a homeless shelter in San Francisco before moving to Lubbock. Karla is fluent in Spanish and is passionate about working with “communities of color, who statistically suffer the most from poor nutrition,” said Karla. She is working to provide a free plant-based education series to local underserved communities and has found support from local organizations like the Lubbock Health Ministry. Her group, Hub City Veg, is part of the PlantPure Pod Network and is focused on creating partnerships with local businesses to provide more resources to the local community. Karla said, “I have wanted to do this program for a long time now, but have not been able to do so due to financial constraints. I see this scholarship as an investment in my community. Thank you PlantPure, CNS, and eCornell for believing in Lubbock, Texas! We will not let you down.”

Youcef Banouni from Wellington, New Zealand, is a plant-based pioneer, not only supporting and propagating the plant-based movement but he is also an activist blogger and writer. He manages an active Facebook group, Whole Foods Plant Based Kiwis, which is also the name of his PlantPure Pod, with 166 members. Youcef organizes bi-monthly potlucks and has been solicited by media to answer questions on plant-based health. In Youcef’s words, he hopes to use the knowledge gained through the CNS certificate “to effectively reach a large audience with accurate WFPB education, resting on solid credentials.” Youcef said, “I applied for the scholarship to Cornell University’s Plant-Based Nutrition Certification to gain further knowledge and qualifications in plant-based nutrition and health. These will be key to reach out more effectively. This means better helping people to achieve more sustainable health and wellbeing, through a Whole Food Plant-Based dietary lifestyle.”

Mitch Castell from Long Island, New York, has been a very active Pod Leader. Mitch and his Long Island Pod have had a strong partnership with PlantPure Communities, organizing the first PlantPure Communities Pod event. The Long Island Pod holds regular events and one of their last events–Dinner with the Doctor–was featured in a PlantPure Communities Pod news story.  In Mitch’s words: “I applied for the Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate Program to better understand the science behind plant based nutrition and how it may be able to prevent, stabilize and in some cases reverse chronic diseases. I expect to use the information learned to help others understand the overall benefits of eating whole foods plant based, for our health, for the environment and for the animals. I also hope to be able to answer questions with fact-based research.”

Estella Delgado from Miami, Florida, is an expert on plant-based living, running the 3000+ member group, Earthsave, which is part of the PlantPure Pod Network. Estella, together with the leadership team of the Earthsave Pod, holds regular events like Vegan Buffet-Lecture+ and GoVegan Potluck-Demo-Presentation+, in addition to plant-based movie screenings and plant-based training programs. She stated, “I am passionate about plant-based nutrition. Since 2003 I have studied, practiced and experimented, but most importantly I have taught and shared with others. This Certificate Program will add to my knowledge and enable me to expand the scientific and technical aspects of teaching, coaching and practicing as a Raw Food Chef.”

Tracy Childs started the PlantDiego Pod in San Diego, California, spurred by the PlantPure Nation film soon after it was released. Tracy has proven to be a highly effective Pod leader, having organized 91 events in the past couple of years, ranging from potlucks to educational events to movie screenings. Tracy has created a strong foundation for her Pod by generating 8 active team leaders over time. On being awarded the scholarship, Tracy stated, “Our local PlantDiego leadership group is very committed to helping solve food injustice in our community, as well as spreading the idea of plant based nutrition to those who would not otherwise hear it. Having a group leader who is certified in plant-based nutrition with increased knowledge and confidence in the facts supporting the research via the course will be paramount helping us to connect with other leaders within our community.”

Through a continuing partnership with the Center for Nutrition Studies, PPC expects to offer another scholarship opportunity in November 2017. The timeframe and application guidelines for the third and last scholarship round of 2017 will be open to all Group Leaders who are leading Pods as of September 15, 2017. Details will be announced in early November on PPC’s website and to those registered on PPC’s website: www.plantpurepods.com

IMPORTANT!! This Scholarship Opportunity is administered exclusively by PlantPure Communities. Any questions about this scholarship opportunity should be directed to PPC at: info@plantpurecommunities.org.  For general information about the certificate program (not the scholarship), go to the CNS website at: www.nutritionstudies.org/courses/plant-based-nutrition/