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News & Events for Health Empowerment // July 15, 2021


Create dishes bursting with fresh flavors with our Summer Recipe Builder! Try Thai Green Papaya Salad, Haitian Vegan Potato Salad, Mango Lassi, and more. Thanks to PPMNY Network Communications Associate Vivian Lee for contributing and collaborating with our recipe contributors: Anthony Spino, Tida Wei, Alexandra Belzie, Carole Levy, and Varun Ponmudi.  


Find more refreshing recipes on our PPMNY In Your Kitchen recipe app! Then share your creations with the PPMNY community by submitting recipes for the app here.

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One of the most prolific writers and speakers promoting nutrient-rich plant-based diets, Joel Fuhrman, MD, offers us pearls of wisdom in his 2011 book, Super Immunity: The Essential Nutrition Guide for Boosting Your Body’s Defenses to Live Longer, Stronger, and Disease Free:


“The most effective artillery we have to protect ourselves against the potentially damaging effects of influenza and other infectious diseases is nutritional excellence… A good example is a recent scientific study that investigated the nutritional status of patients who developed neuropathy (nerve damage) after a viral illness. Those people… were found to be deficient in riboflavin, vitamin E, selenium, alpha- and beta-carotenes, and lycopene. When patients were supplemented with these nutrients, the disease began to subside, suggesting that the pathogenicity of a particular virus -- that is, the ability of a pathogen to produce an infectious disease -- is dependent on the nutritional status of the host…. Those who eat the standard American diet, with an overabundance of calories but a very low nutrient-per-calorie intake, are in a chronically malnourished condition. This combination of being overweight yet malnourished is the true life-threatening epidemic in the modern world…” (pg. 33-35)


While there have not been many studies looking at the impact of how we eat on immune resilience with COVID-19, we were excited to read about this recent study published in the British Medical Journal. The researchers found that plant-based eating reduced the risk of moderate-to-severe COVID-19 symptoms by 73% in healthcare worker respondents.

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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!
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All times below are Eastern Daylight Time. 


Harlem Community Fridge Nutrition Workshops
Mondays, July 19 - August 2, 3:30 - 4:30 PM - In-Person, Harlem, Manhattan
FREE - registration is not required

Explore how to create flavorful dishes your family will love to eat during our live culinary demos in Harlem! Join PPMNY volunteers Chantal Vital and Kristin Kabay, RD, and the organizers of Harlem's Community Fridge 120 for an outdoor summer nutrition workshop series. Using local produce from the community fridge, they’ll create delicious and healthy recipes that are easy and accessible to everyone.


Family Fitness & Food Workshop
Monday, July 19, 4:30 - 5:15 PM - Online
FREE - register here

Get moving with your kids in this family-friendly workout focused on flexibility and mobility, followed by a tempeh sandwich culinary demonstration.


Tuesday, July 20, 12:00 - 12:45 PM - Live on Facebook & YouTube
- register for an event reminder

Hear from local clinicians offering nutrition as a path to healing during our weekly summer series. Next week we’ll speak with Urvi Shah, MD, about her role as faculty on the myeloma service, division of hematologic malignancies at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and her research into lifestyle-related risk factors in the development of multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer.


Farmers' Market Tours

Bronx Borough Hall Greenmarket
Tuesday, July 20, 8:30 - 9:00 AM - In-Person, South Bronx
FREE - register here


Fort Washington Greenmarket
Tuesday, July 20, 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 Ambassador Dany Nelson.


¿Cómo revertir la diabetes? con Maria Jose Hummel
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.


Save the Date!

Saturday, July 24, 11:00 - 12:00 PM - In-Person, Prospect Park 
Farmers' Market Tour: Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket

Tuesday, July 27, 7:00 - 8:30 PM - Online
Skin Deep Health: Exploring the Connection Between Skin & Nutrition

Thursday, July 29, 7:00pm - 8:00pm - Online
The Pleasure Trap & Psychology of Food Addiction
Presented together with Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan

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

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

Check out our full calendar of events!

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Learn about the connection between gut health and skin health and tips on eating for anti-aging with PPMNY Medical Advisor, Jessica Krant, MD, MPH. Watch here. You can also catch Dr. Krant’s recent appearance on Chef AJ Live. Mary Yuter, RN, CCRN, shared her experience helping patients prevent heart disease and recover from cardiac events using food as medicine during our Nutrition Heroes in Healthcare series. Listen here then register here for a reminder for next Tuesday’s livestream with Urvi Shah, MD.
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In this month’s demonstration, PPMNY Culinary Educator Carole Levy put fruit front and center in several cool dishes. Watch the replay here. La semana pasada, Aifra Ruiz, una de nuestras organizadoras de la comunidad Latinx, nos mostró cómo preparar un almuerzo sencillo y nutritivo sin usar la estufa o el horno en los calurosos días de verano. ¡Mira la grabación aquí!

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Congratulations to PPMNY Board Member and Chilis on Wheels New York Chapter director Eloisa Trinidad on being selected as one of the 2021 40 Under 40: Rising Stars in NYC Food Policy! Each year the Hunter College New York City Food Policy Center recognizes individuals who are working to transform and improve the food system. Read more here about how Eloisa, in collaboration with community partners, created plant-based community fridges for New Yorkers who are food insecure. Follow Eloisa’s work @ChilisonWheels.

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