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Plant Powered Community,

Summer weather has arrived! As the days get longer, the plant foods available in stores and markets multiply. Check out a number of our farmers' market tours coming up this month, and a huge variety of events for you to plug in to healthy eating and a supportive community.


Pam Popper, PhD, ND from Wellness Forum Health, wrote the following in her 2013 book, Food Over Medicine: The Conversation that Could Save Your Life (p. 225-228):

"Let's replay the conversation the way it should happen. You go to your doctor and your cholesterol is 220 and your doctor says, 'Here are our choices. We can use Lipitor, and it'll reduce your risk of dying of a heart attack by about 1.8 percent. I want to read to you the list of side effects of the drug very briefly; it's just six or seven pages long. So you can take this drug, or I can show you how to eat a diet that will work faster than the drug and will reduce your risk of dying of a heart attack almost entirely. You'll also reduce your risk of dying from cancer, diabetes, and other diseases. And there are no side effects. Now, which would you like to do?...'

"When [people] understand the truth about what is making them sick, many act on it. They are willing to change their diets not just a little bit, but entirely. And the diet they adopt is full of foods that, to the palates they cultivate, are every bit as delicious as ice cream once was....

"This is the way our public health crisis ends....We will treat people with respect by giving them the knowledge upon which they will act to save their own lives and to save the country from a fiscal nightmare. I firmly believe that people can do this...."


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The Evidence Behind Food as Medicine
TONIGHT! Thursday, June 6 | 5:30 - 8:00 PM
with Elizabeth Helzner, PhD
Brooklyn Community Foundation, Community Room, 1000 Dean Street, Suite 307 (Crown Heights)
RSVP here; free

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Greenmarket Tour & Produce Education

Saturday, June 15 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
with Perryn Ford, PPMNY Brooklyn Organizer
Fort Greene Park Greenmarket, meeting at the corner of Dekalb Ave & Cumberland St (Clinton Hill)
RSVP here; free

Greenmarket Tour & Produce Education
Sunday, June 30 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Corteylou Greenmarket (Flatbush)
Registration will open later this month


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Plant-Powered Families: Feeding Kids for Lifelong Health
Tuesday, June 18 | 5:30 - 7:30 PM
with Noa Tal, MD and Karin Gibson, dietitian
Kelly Street Collaborative, 920 Kelly Street (South Bronx)
RSVP here; free

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Communal Meal Prep + Dinner: Korean Night!
NEW DATE: Saturday, June 22 | 3:00 - 5:30 PM
St. Helena's School Cafeteria, 1315 Olmstead Avenue (Parkchester)
er here, $17

Whole Food, Plant-Based Supper at Neerob
Tuesday, June 25 | 9:00 PM
Neerob Restaurant, 2096 Starling Avenue (Parkchester)
Register here, $17


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The Power of Nutrition for Health with Dr. Neal Barnard

TOMORROW! Friday, June 7 | 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Presented by the Church of Advent Hope, 111 E. 87th Street (Upper East Side)
Register here; free

Union Square Greenmarket Tour
Saturday, June 8 | 8:45 AM
with Carole Levy, PPMNY Culinary Educator
Meet at Pret a Manger, 857 Broadway
RSVP to Lynn Diamond, lynn@ppmny.org

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Why Plants Are the Best Medicine
Monday, June 17 | 7:00 - 9:00 PM
with Caroline Hartridge, DO
Alchemy Space Salon, 119 W. 23rd Street, #710 (Chelsea)
Register here; free

Food as Medicine Roundtable for Clinicians
Thursday, June 20 | 6:00 PM dinner, 7:00 - 8:30 PM program
Midtown Manhattan location provided to registrants, open to plant-based and plant-curious licensed clinicians

RSVP to lianna@ppmny.org by Friday, June 14th; $22 dinner registration

Fighting Kidney Disease with a Plant-Based Diet + Rethinking Keto Diets
Tuesday, June 25 | 7:00 - 8:30 PM
with Shivam Joshi, MD
Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave (Upper West Side)
RSVP here; free

21-Day Plant-Powered Jumpstart Closing Celebration
Wednesday, June 26 | 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM
Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave (Upper West Side)
RSVP here; free

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Plant-Powered Meet-up & Potluck Dinner
Friday, June 14 | 6:30 PM
Astoria Park Great Lawn
RSVP here; free

Health Empowerment Group for Disease Prevention & Reversal
Wednesday, June 26 | 7:00 PM
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 23-25 Newtown Avenue (Astoria)
Details available later this month; free

Summer Road Trip to Plant City, Providence
Saturday, June 29 | morning bus departure

For details, please contact Enrica Sacca, PPMNY Queens Organizer

Check out our events calendar on our website, where we post additional health-oriented events in and around the city.

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Plant Based World Conference & Expo: Community Day
Saturday, June 8 | 9:00 AM - 7:15 PM
Jacob Javits Convention Center, 655 W. 34th Street (Manhattan)
Register here; $25-50 entrance

March for Healthy School Food
Sunday, June 9 | 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Meet at Cadman Plaza North (Brooklyn Heights)
RSVP here

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Plant-Based Summit

Sunday, June 23 | 2:00 - 8:00 PM
Presented by Heidi's Health Kitchen at Brooklyn Law School, 250 Joralemon St (Brooklyn Heights)
including T. Colin Campbell, PhD and Hana Kahleova, MD
Register here; $55 early bird pricing ends June 13th, $30 for teens



PPMNY volunteers at NYC Vegetarian Food Festival
Thanks to everyone who represented Plant Powered Metro New York at last month's NYC Vegetarian Food Festival! Pictured here: Pam Trester, Enrica Sacca, Eloisa Trinidad, Lois Lynn, Grey Zire, Lou Mazzone, and Kimberly Ramirez. Not pictured: Emma Fallone, Cindy Finch, Perryn Ford, Lianna Levine Reisner & Maayan Reisner, Ed McGarr, and Dan Spadaro.

Eat Well Stay Well immersion

Chef AJ lecture
The room was packed at the Eat Well Stay Well One-Day Immersion hosted at Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan! The day featured lectures by Dr. Joel Furhman on nutrition for lifelong health and overcoming food addiction, a presentation by Dr. Saray Stancic on the promise of lifestyle medicine, and a demo and lecture by Chef AJ presenting her 10 commandments for health and weight loss. Thanks to Myron White, Eloisa Trinidad, Pam Trester, and Kimberly Ramirez for representing PPMNY at the vendor fair!

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The 21-Day Plant-Powered Jumpstart kicked off on Sunday, June 2, with a morning of education, biometrics, and mentor support. Thanks to our incredible partners at JCC Manhattan, Caroline Kohles, Joelle Evans, and Gia Pace; the jumpstart leadership team, Dr. Evan Queler, Lynn Diamond, Miriam Feintuch, Lianna Levine Reisner, and Carole Levy; and to the mentor team: Lois Lynn, Josh Orlean, Kimberly Ramirez, Enrica Sacca, Yolanda Sanchez, and Diana Sanz.


Seeking a Peer Mentorship Organizer
If you want to make a difference and have great organizational and people skills, we're looking for someone to coordinate our peer mentorship program, matching those who need support with those who know the ropes of a healthy, plant-based lifestyle. This is a volunteer position requiring 5-10 hours/month and working remotely. Contact Lianna to discuss the opportunity!

We're changing the paradigm in our communities by raising up the power of food as medicine in preventing and fighting chronic disease. Get involved in this movement by:

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In health,

Lianna Levine Reisner, Network Director
and the entire team at PPMNY


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