What’s new in preventive cardiology and lifestyle medicine? How much can diet really affect diabetes? Is olive oil actually not as healthy as we thought, at least for some of us? And what does “plant based” mean, in terms of daily eating and getting all the nutrients you need?
These and other cutting-edge topics will be tackled by some of today’s foremost health experts in a fall/winter lecture series offered by Plant Based Nutrition Support Group (PBNSG). Taking place at Birmingham Groves and Seaholm high schools, the monthly talks feature acclaimed speakers including nationally renowned authors John McDougall, M.D.; Michael Greger, M.D.; T. Colin Campbell and Julieanna Hever; nutritionists-culinary instructors Katie Mae and Emily Camiener; and local medical experts Barry Franklin, Ph.D. and Caroline Trapp, D.N.P. Whole Foods Market sponsors the series.
“People are hungry for this information,” says Kerrie Saunders, M.S., L.L.P., Ph.D., president of the nonprofit Plant Based Nutrition Support Group. “Recent talks we’ve hosted by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. Joel Kahn and others have packed the house. A whole foods, plant-based diet is proven lifestyle medicine, and people want to know how to make the transition.”
A powerhouse dietary duo leads off the series on Wednesday, Oct. 28 with “An Enlightening Evening with Katie Mae, M.S. and Emily Camiener, M.P.H., R.D.N.” Nutritionist and culinary coach Katie Mae will address “Building Fitness with Plant-based Cooking” and registered dietitian nutritionist Emily Camiener presents “Food Sustainability: Three Reasons a Vegetarian Diet Is So Important.” The event takes place from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Groves High School Little Theater, 20500 W. 13 Mile Rd. in Beverly Hills.
Next up on Wednesday, Nov. 18 are two presentations in the Seaholm High School Auditorium, from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. “Recent Advances in Preventive Cardiology and Lifestyle Medicine” will be addressed by Barry Franklin, Ph.D., director of preventive cardiology and cardiac rehab at William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak. And Caroline Trapp, D.N.P., director of diabetes education and care for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, presents “Hope for Diabetes – From the Middle of Nowhere!” Seaholm is located at 2436 W. Lincoln St. in Birmingham.
Also taking place the evening of Nov. 18 is the first-ever Plant Based Lifestyle Expo, presented by Whole Foods Market, from 4:30 until 9:30 p.m. in the lobby outside the Seaholm Auditorium. Designed to explore optimal health for the holidays and beyond, the Expo will feature local businesses and organizations committed to sharing healthy, whole-food fitness and lifestyle resources, samples and holiday gift ideas. The event is free and open to the public. Expo and exhibitor details are available at www.migreenteam.com/PBLE.
Future PBNSG lecture dates are Dec. 15 with author and renowned public health expert Michael Greger, M.D.; Jan. 28, 2016 with internationally acclaimed author, TV host and medical director John McDougall M.D. live via Skype; Feb. 25 with groundbreaking author, scientific researcher and professor T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D.; and March 31 with “The Plant-Based Dietitian” Julieanna Hever, all in the Groves Main Theater Auditorium.
Tickets for each PBNSG lecture event are $15 in advance at www.pbnsg.org/events, or $20 at the door. The Nov. 18 Plant Based Lifestyle Expo is free.
Founded in 2014 by former heart patient Paul Chatlin and local cardiologist, Reader’s Digest columnist and best-selling author Joel Kahn, M.D., Plant Based Nutrition Support Group is an active group of individuals dedicated to improving their health by following a whole foods, plant-based diet. PBNSG offers programs and resources for those interested in making lifestyle changes to help prevent or reverse chronic disease and achieve optimal health.
To learn more about PBNSG’s lecture series as well as walking groups, grocery store tours, recipes, dinners and special events, visit www.pbnsg.org.