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News & Events for Health Empowerment // June 3, 2021

 

Putting Men's Health Over Meat

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As we plan to celebrate the men in our lives this month, we’re putting men's health firstFather’s Day advertising pushes us to buy our dads ties, whiskey, and grilling accessories for beloved barbecues. Meat is marketed as food that makes men stronger and more manly. Sadly, our protein-obsessed culture is doing a disservice to men, and the statistics show it: In New York City, men of all backgrounds are at least twice as likely to die prematurely (before age 65) from heart disease than women, and Black men have the highest risk of premature death compared to all others. Next to skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosis not only in New York and New Jersey but in the entire United States.

Men aren’t just genetically predisposed to these diseases -- diet is a major culprit here, especially animal protein, dairy, and vegetable oils. As we enter the grilling season, we hope you’ll join our Plant Powered community to shift the conversation about how men nourish themselves and show our love through healthy eating. Putting whole plant foods on our plates can restore men’s health, reducing heart disease and stroke and increasing longevity. 

Throughout the month, post your photos of grilled veggies, in our Facebook groups (English and Espanol) with the hashtag #grillplantsformenshealth. Then, tune in to Facebook or YouTube for an action-packed virtual conversation about men’s health and nutrition on Monday, June 21, 6:00 - 7:30 PM, led by PPMNY’s plant-strong men. Register here to receive an event reminder.  

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All times below are Eastern Daylight Time.
 
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Nutrition for Families 
Presented with PlantPure Communities, Salt Lake Thrive, and Plant-Based Pittsburgh
Tuesday, June 8, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
FREE - register here

Hear Brenda Davis, RD, and Reshma Shah, MD, MPH, authors of Nourish: The Definitive Plant-Based Nutrition Guide for Families, share their research on why it’s critical to make plant-centered eating a family priority, plus practical advice for navigating your family's transition to plant-based nutrition.

 

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Scents to Senses: How to Eat Mindfully (series continues)
 
Wednesdays through June 30, 7:00 - 7:45 PM
FREE - register here

Four mindful eating sessions remain -- you’re welcome to join one or all! Take time to slow down, tune into your senses, and learn to eat with awareness. In this series, you’ll learn simple mindfulness practices and how these techniques can help break unhealthy eating habits. 

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Food as Medicine: What You Eat Becomes Who You Are 
Presented with Marlene Meyerson JCC  Manhattan 
Thursday, June 10, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
FREE - register here

Weill Cornell cardiologist Hooman Yaghoobzadeh, MD, will take us on a journey through the science of nutrition, revealing how what we eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner can improve our vitality and reverse or prevent chronic illness. 

 
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Covid y Nutrición 
Thursday, June 10, 7:00 - 8:00 PM
GRATIS - regístrate aquí

El Dr. Gabriel Lapman, cardiólogo y especialista en medicina de estilo de vida nos explica la relación entre la nutrición y el COVID.

 

Save the Date!

Sunday, June 13, 9:00 - 10:00 AM:
Farmers' Market Tour:  77th/79th Street Greenmarket
In-person in the Upper West Side, Manhattan

Sunday, June 13, 10:00 - 10:45 AM:
Family Fitness & Food Workshop

Sunday, June 13, 5:00 - 6:15 PM:
Cooking with Chef Carole

Monday, June 14, 6:30 - 7:30 PM:
Virtual Potluck + Recipe Swap

Thursday, June 17, 12:30 - 1:00 PM:
Crave This? Try That!

Monday, June 21, 6:00 - 7:30 PM:
Take Charge of Your Health: Protein, Prostate, and Performance
A Virtual Men's Health Event

Friday, June 25, 7:00 - 8:30 PM:
An Urban Garden Experience: Nutrition from the Backyard
In-person in Astoria, Queens

Friday, June 25, 8:30 - 9:30 PM:
Live from Bangkok! A Thai Cooking Demo

 
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Addressing Health Disparities Through Nutrition at Community Board Meeting

PPMNY is honored to join the panel of presenters to address health disparities during Brooklyn Community Board 17's virtual health fair on Saturday, June 5, at 11:30 AM. Even before there was COVID-19, significant public health challenges have disrupted our daily lives. Our communities suffer from epidemics of chronic disease, with a third of New Yorkers diagnosed with hypertension and half struggling with diabetes and prediabetes. Hear how the healing power of plant foods can prevent, treat, and even reverse chronic conditions like hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease. Join the meeting here via WebEx.

 

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Upcoming Farmer's Market & Grocery Store Tours

Need advice on expanding beyond your go-to fruits and vegetables and tips on how to store and enjoy your fresh produce? Our volunteers will be leading in-person tours of local farmers’ markets and groceries to help you navigate the markets and make the most of summer’s bounty! For our first tour, PPMNY Nutrition Educator Kristin Kabay, RD, will be guiding guests through the Upper West Side's 77th/79th Street Greenmarket on June 13. Register today -- space is limited to 8 participants. Stay tuned for more dates and locations. Please note, all tours will be conducted in compliance with state and local COVID-19 guidelines. 

 
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Crowdfunding Campaign Supporting Nutrition Empowerment of Older Adults

We are honored to be a recipient of a 2021 Solution Grant awarded by the Livestrong Foundation as part of their mission to fund solutions that address gaps in cancer care. The Solutions Grant allows us to offer the award-winning Food for Life nutrition curriculum to elderly cancer survivors of color and those seeking to reduce cancer risk. Please consider donating here to help fully fund our upcoming program!

Here's one participant's reflection on our Food for Life series on cancer and nutrition:

"I'm excited to know that my health is directly related to my consumption of what I eat. Now I feel empowered. Now when I go food shopping, I look for colors and make beautiful, nutritious, and delicious foods. I'm not as intimidated to try new foods and spices. I feel it's an adventure. Not only am I eating better, but so is my husband, and we're both enjoying the experience and tastes." - Roberta H. 

 

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Pregnancy Advantage Fertility Summit
Presented by Debra Shapiro, MD, and Jeanne Schumacher, PhD
Sunday, June 6 - Saturday, June 12
FREE - register here
 
Join more than 20 of the world’s most respected doctors, researchers, clinicians, and dietitians to learn how to get your body pregnant-ready -- and avoid the drugs and invasive procedures often associated with infertility. Hear their insights on how to increase fertility, have a complication-free pregnancy, and raise healthy plant-based children -- all while enjoying delicious plant-based foods.
 
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How Much Meat Should We Eat?
Presented by Michael Greger, MD, FACLM
Friday, June 11, 2:00 - 4:00 PM EDT
$5 minimum donation - register here

NutritionFacts.org’s Dr. Michael Greger will explore how Big Meat and Big Sugar have followed in the footsteps of Big Tobacco to warp the scientific literature -- despite the clear evidence that reduced meat intake is associated with a reduced risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer. He’ll explain how much meat is expected to shorten your life expectancy compared to other lifestyle behaviors such as smoking.

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Growing Up Nutritarian
Presented by the Dr. Fuhrman Eat to Live Podcast
Listen to the podcast here

Tune in to hear how Lisa and Joel Fuhrman, MD, handled the ups and downs of raising their children on whole plant foods with healthy boundaries, games, and love. Learn how their approach set their four children, who are now adults, on the path to a plant-based lifestyle. 

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