Inspiring Haitians to go plant-based, reversing chronic illness, and an Ethos Farm recap!
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News & Events for Health Empowerment // July 22, 2021

Empowering NYC’s Haitian Community


This past winter, SUNY Downstate medical student Alexandra Belzie got inspired. After participating in our 21-Day Plant Powered Jumpstart for Brooklyn’s Black leaders, Alexandra saw an opportunity to share about plant-based nutrition with other local folks of Haitian descent, many of whom struggle with diabetes. 

Alexandra reached out to NYC’s Haitian radio station, Radio Soleil, to collaborate on presenting a 7-day plant-based challenge. With weekly Sunday morning events between August 1 and 15, the challenge will introduce listeners to whole food, plant-based nutrition, demonstrate traditional Haitian dishes with a plant-powered twist, and invite participants to try healthy plant-based eating on for size. Alexandra and other SUNY Downstate and PPMNY volunteers translated some of our jumpstart resources into Haitian Creole and offered their own recipes as resources.

PPMNY is thrilled to support emerging healthcare leaders like Alexandra in making a real difference for her community. If you speak Creole and would like to join in the fun, you can sign up for the challenge here and tune into Radio Soleil on August 1st at 10:30 AM for the first of the three-part Sunday series.

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It was a beautiful day on the farm! PPMNY gathered at Ethos Farm in Long Valley, NJ, last week to explore regenerative agriculture, soil health, and the role of whole plant foods in healing people and the planet. We had the opportunity to learn from Ethos Farm Manager Nora
Pugliese, Ethos Field Manager Nick Hodgson, Saray Stancic, MD, and Ethos Farm Project Founder Ron Weiss, MD. Thank you to everyone who attended and played a role in bringing our community together. Catch a glimpse of our afternoon here!


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We love health transformation stories! Check out the first video in our new Plant Powered Stories series featuring our very own community members. Special thanks to PPMNY volunteer Art Feinglass for helping us capture how a plant-based lifestyle leads to better health for our community!



After PPMNY volunteer Celina Bertoncini suffered from a sudden asthma attack while out for a jog, she began researching ways to improve her health and discovered the healing power of whole food, plant-based nutrition. Hear how she jumped into a plant-based lifestyle and what impact it had on her chronic conditions. 

Have you experienced healing powered by plants? Contact to share your story and inspire others on the plant-based path. 

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Do you have great design sense and want to be part of a dynamic marketing team? PPMNY is hiring a part-time Network Design & Media Associate to develop our visual presence online and in print, and to support our media engagement through traditional and social media channels. Learn more about the role and apply here.

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Please make a donation as you take advantage of our free events!
Subscribe to our YouTube channel for newly uploaded videos of past events.
All times below are Eastern Daylight Time. 


¿Cómo revertir la diabetes? con Maria Jose Hummel
¡ESTA NOCHE! Jueves 22 de julio, 7:00 - 8:00 PM - En línea
GRATIS - regístrate aquí

La diabetes es una enfermedad muy común en estos días pero, ¿es posible revertirla? Acompáñanos para saber la respuesta junto a Maria Jose Hummel, nutricionista y educadora de la salud.



Farmers' Market Tours

Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket
Saturday, July 24, 11:00 - 12:00 PM
In-Person, Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Register today -- only two spots remain! FREE -
register here


Bronx Borough Hall Greenmarket
Tuesday, July 27, 8:30 - 9:00 AM
In-Person, South Bronx
FREE - register here

Fort Washington Greenmarket
Tuesday, July 27, 10:00 - 10:30 AM
In-Person, Washington Heights
FREE - register here
Expand beyond your go-to fruits and vegetables, talk with local farmers, and learn tips on how to store and enjoy your fresh produce as you tour the greenmarket with PPMNY volunteers. 


Skin Deep Health: Exploring the Connection Between Nutrition & Skin
Tuesday, July 27, 7:00 - 8:30 PM - Online
FREE - register here
Learn how our skin is intimately connected with our gut microbiome and what we can do to nourish ourselves -- inside and out! Dermatologist Jessica Krant, MD, MPH, will share her insights on how to address skin disorders with nutrition and the science behind how our gut health affects our skin health. We’ll begin this holistic health session with a simple exercise in mind-body awareness and finish with a culinary demo.

The Pleasure Trap & Psychology of Food Addiction
Presented together with Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan 

Thursday, July 29, 7:00 - 8:00 PM - Online
Pay-what-you-wish donation encouraged - register here

Join the authors of The Pleasure Trap, Alan Goldhamer, DC, and Douglas Lisle, PhD, to learn about the factors that make us susceptible to dietary and lifestyle excesses -- and how to break free from unhealthy eating habits. 


Save the Date!

Tuesday, August 3, 12:15 - 1:00 PM - Live on Facebook & YouTube
Nutrition Heroes in Healthcare: Michelle McMacken, MD, DipABLM

Thursday, August 5, 7:00 - 8:00 PM - Online 
Food to Break Through the Pleasure Trap with Chef AJ
Presented together with Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan

Saturday, August 7, 6:30 - 8:30 PM - In-person, Huntington, Long Island
Organic Farming & Potluck at Manor Farm

Tuesday, August 10, 12:00 - 12:45 PM - Live on Facebook & YouTube
Nutrition Heroes in Healthcare: Gia Merlo, MD, MBA, DipACLM

Thursday, August 12, 6:30 - 7:30 PM - Online
Sugar, Salt, and Fat: What The Science Says About Eating for Health
Presented with Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan

Sunday, August 15, 5:00 - 6:15 PM - Online
Cooking with Chef Carole

Check out our full calendar of events!

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Picnic food was the hot topic of last week’s Crave This? Try That! livestream with PPMNY Culinary Educator Brandy Cochrane. Get Brandy’s tips for plant-based potato salad, carrot hot dogs, and more! Watch the recording on our Facebook page. Our next Crave This? Try That! is August 12. Sign up for a reminder!

In this week’s Nutrition Heroes in Healthcare livestream, Urvi Shah, MD, shared how her experience as a cancer patient informs her approach to cancer care and her motivation for researching nutrition and blood cancers. Watch the replay, and then register here for a reminder of our next program with Michelle McMacken, MD, DipABLM. 

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In this month’s Family Fitness & Food Workshop, PPMNY Brooklyn Organizer and fitness instructor Danielle Medina led us in a family-friendly workout followed by PPMNY Culinary Educator Jillian Mariscal's demonstration of a “TLT,” or tempeh, lettuce, and tomato sandwich, topped with veggies and sprouts.

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Plant Powered Metro New York empowers people to find better health and overcome chronic disease through whole food, plant-based nutrition. We offer evidence-based education, resources, and support to create community and inspire change throughout the New York metropolitan area.

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