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Plant Powered Manhattan

Happy New Year!

If 2019 is the year you've resolved to reclaim your health, we're here to support you in eating low-fat, unprocessed plant foods for optimal health. Check out the Resources page on our website for some programs to get started, and sign up for one of our upcoming events. If you've already been around the block with food and want to go deeper, the American College of Lifestyle Medicine has named five other elements of a healthy lifestyle that we can prioritize beyond food. What will you work on this year?

"...We all have our weakest links governed by genetics; but these weak links need never reveal themselves unless our health deteriorates. Superior health flows naturally as a result of superior nutrition." - Joel Fuhrman, MD, Eat to Live


Neal Barnard, MD, FACCSpecial Event with Dr. Neal Barnard: The Power of Diet in Overall Health and Disease Prevention
Thursday, January 10 | 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave (at W. 76th Street)
Register here: Public price: $40, JCC member price: $35. Apply $10 discount code at checkout: PLANTPOWER10

We welcome one of the most respected national voices on plant-based nutrition, Neal Barnard, MD, FACC, founder of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and an adjunct professor at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Barnard will discuss the science behind plant-strong diets and how they heal the body and prevent disease.

This is the first in a series of whole food, plant-based wellness programming that we are co-sponsoring with JCC Manhattan in 2019. 

People planning around a tableRaise Your Voice: How to Speak Up & Do Something for Plant-Based Nutrition
Sunday, January 27 | 2:00 - 4:30 PM
32 East 31st Street, 8th Floor (office of the Electrical Training Company)
Register here. This is a free event with a small suggested donation for refreshments.

We've spent the past year meeting with and listening to the local community, and one thing is clear: Those of you who have been changed by whole food, plant-based (WFPB) nutrition want to do something! Join us for an interactive training session that will build your confidence speaking up about the health benefits of WFPB and help you to develop your action plan to get something done. Led by plant-based organizers Lianna Levine Reisner and Rachel Atcheson, you'll gain practical skills, talking points, ideas, and tools to get off the couch and make a difference. This training is open to anyone with a dream and a will to lift our movement off the ground.

Bunches of leeks and carrotsPlant Powered Network Night
Tuesday, February 5 | 6:30 - 9:00 PM
389 Fifth Avenue, 9th Floor (office of Idealist.org)
Register here or on Facebook.

At our next monthly gathering, connect with the local whole food, plant-based community and learn with Chef Robert Graham, MD, MPH of FRESH Med who practices lifestyle medicine in Brooklyn. Dr. Graham will share his baker's dozen food tips to help you make small, sustainable, and healthy lifestyle changes, one meal at a time. Registrants will be invited to contribute to a potluck dinner prior to the program.

Food as Medicine Roundtable for Clinicians
Thursday, February 21 | 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Garment District location; address provided upon registration

Plant-based and plant-curious clinicians are invited to meet with like-minded professionals for networking and shared learning. Physicians, PAs, NPs, nurses, dietitians, and others who work with patients in a clinical setting are invited to attend. More details will be circulated to registrants in early February. Please RSVP by emailing plantbasedlianna@gmail.com.


Stethoscope on a red heart imageThe Doctor is In: Prevent Heart Disease with Food
Tuesday, February 26 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave (at W. 76th Street)
Register here. Free.

Learn practical ways to improve your heart health through diet from two top cardiologists, Robert Ostfeld, MD (Montefiore Medical Center), & Hooman Yaghoobzadeh, MD (Weill Cornell Medicine), who have prescribed an evidence-based, whole food, plant-based diet to their patients.

We post additional health-oriented events in and around the city on our website and in our Facebook group.


New Jumpstart Program at JCC Manhattan & Sponsorship Opportunity!

Pssst... we're planning to launch a 21-day jumpstart program at JCC Manhattan in conjunction with Dr. Neal Barnard's talk on Thursday, January 10th. Stay posted for details on enrollment!

If you have the means to support this program financially, we are looking for sponsors to subsidize the program costs for participants. Please contact Lianna to discuss this opportunity at your earliest convenience.

Plant-Based Lifestyle Medicine Clinic Opens in the City

We celebrate the opening of NYC Health+Hospitals/Bellevue's Plant-Based Lifestyle Medicine program. Congratulations to Dr. Michelle McMacken, director of the program and member of Plant Powered Manhattan's Medical Advisory Board, and Krisann Polito-Moller, health coach for the new program and member of PPM's Community Advisory Board.

Laurie Courage demonstrates WFPB cooking at December event
Getting the "Courage" to Embrace Plant Foods

At our December gathering, "The Gift of Good Health," health coach Laurie Courage introduced us to core concepts in whole food, plant-based nutrition; explained five big ideas for surviving the holidays; and demonstrated preparing four different dishes -- a kale and cannellini bean soup with tomatoes and artichokes, hummus wrap roll-ups, WFPB deviled "eggs" (made with potatoes), and a Southwest-style kale salad. We thank Laurie for carting out her delicious supplies all the way from Long Island!


Thanks to Abril Anchondo Reynaga for translating our materials into Spanish, and to Marjorie Sha for expertly updating our print materials.

Thanks also to the many volunteers who have represented Plant Powered Manhattan at events over the past few weeks: Aifra Ruiz and Abril Anchondo Reynaga at SOMOS Community Care's State of Latino Health Fair; to Nirav VadechaRakhee KumarDr. Allen Hsu, Chenel Trevellini, and Gail Mayer at JCC Manhattan's New Year's Day Health Fair; and to Rachael MetzLou MazzoneMartha Rowen, and Indiana Baltodano at tonight's healthy cooking workshop at Brooklyn Borough Hall.


Be an Ambassador of WFPB Nutrition
Would you like to talk to people about how to reduce chronic disease through whole food, plant-based nutrition? We're looking for knowledgeable people to be ambassadors at local events like health fairs. Please be in touch with Lianna at plantbasedlianna@gmail.com. If you would like to participate in these types of events but aren't sure you are ready, please consider attending our "Raise Your Voice" session to boost your confidence.

Event & Project PlanningVolunteer power!
We have a goal of putting on monthly events to provide an ongoing space for our community to learn, network, and bring in newcomers. This takes some effort! If you like event planning, are super organized, and have some time to contribute, let's have a conversation. Or if you'd like to help us coordinate a project with a community partner, let us know.

The Sky's the Limit
Plant Powered Manhattan, like the hundreds of PlantPure pods around the country, is meant to be a platform for action. If you have ideas -- small or grand -- that you'd like to take on as a member of this platform, let us know how we can help you make it a reality. Please consider attending our training session on January 27th which is perfect for anyone who wants to become more active in our movement.

Four food groupsGENERAL INFO

  • What is WFPB? Check out the resources page on our website to get started.
  • Peer Mentorship: If you need a boost to change what's on your plate, sign up to work with a peer mentor from our group. Respond to this email and we'll connect you with Rebecca, our mentorship coordinator.
  • We're on Facebook: Join our group here for lively discussions on plant-based nutrition in our day-to-day lives.

In health,

Lianna & Lynn
Group Leaders


PlantPure Communities Pod Network BadgePlant Powered Manhattan is building the local movement for wellness through whole-food, plant-based (WFPB) nutrition. As a grassroots, volunteer-led collective, we are an independent member organization of the PlantPure Communities Pod Network.

Visit us at www.plantpoweredmanhattan.nyc.

Our mailing address is Plant Powered Manhattan, PO Box 20771, New York NY 10025


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