Rethinking Cancer, Book Giveaway + The Week Ahead
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News & Events for Health Empowerment // September 30, 2021


“The literature on diet, nutrition, and cancer goes back far earlier than most contemporary readers would think, at least to ancient Greece and China…. the nutrition-cancer link was an old standing idea. We have only forgotten this wisdom.” 

- T. Colin Campbell, PhD, The Future of Nutrition, p. 46-47

On the eve of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’d like to draw you into a different conversation about cancer. For years, talking about cancer “prevention” has primarily been about “early detection.” It’s about finding the ever-elusive cure that must only be discoverable by top scientists.

As we’ve come to learn, there’s more to the story, and (naturally) that story is about food. In Dr. Campbell’s latest book, he talks about “resurrecting the voiceless” observers, a long “lineage of medical authorities speaking out about diet’s role in cancer,” specifically the perceived role of excessive calories, animal foods, sugar, salt, and alcohol in increasing cancer risk, and the role of fiber, fruits, and vegetable in preserving health.

We invite you to breathe deep and join Plant Powered Metro New York in exploring this important topic.

Here are four ways to dig in:

READ our next Plant Powered Book Club selection, Dr. Campbell’s The Future of Nutrition. Take your time walking through this riveting book, and then join us in discussion on Wednesday, December 8th! 


LEARN with PPMNY next Wednesday when we welcome Joel Furhman, MD, discussing Super Immunity to Prevent Cancer & Serious Infections.


WATCH the replay of our summer livestream with oncologist Urvi Shah, MD, from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and PPMNY Medical Advisor.


WATCH this fantastic presentation given by Thomas Campbell, MD, assistant professor of family medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center on nutrition and cancer.

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Dr. Campbell's book, The Future of Nutrition: An Insider's Look at the Science, Why We Keep Getting It Wrong, and How to Start Getting It Right, is a must-have for any nutrition-savvy library -- so we’re giving away a copy! Sign-up here by noon on Thursday, October 14 for your chance to win! We’ll announce the lucky winner later that day.  

Meanwhile, mark your calendars for our discussion of this informative and thought-provoking masterpiece:



Plant Powered Book Club: The Future of Nutrition
Wednesday, December 8, 8:00 - 9:00 PM - Online
Suggested donation: register here


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Overcoming chronic illness, including heart disease, hypertension, and Type 2 diabetes, is possible with a whole food, plant-based lifestyle! If you struggle with chronic disease, or are new to plant-based nutrition, our 21-Day Plant Powered Jumpstart is your chance to explore the evidence-based science and learn practical skills to transform your health. 

Sign up with a group of friends, family members, or colleagues, to make the most of the jumpstart together!

If you’re already on the plant-based path, please consider sharing this email, or our jumpstart video, with others.


Orientation sessions: Choose Wednesday, October 20 or Thursday, October 21
Sunday afternoon sessions: October 24 - November 14
Mid-week group mentorship meetings: Choose Wednesdays or Thursdays


Want to support the jumpstart? 
Sponsor a participant with a $100+ donation!

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All times below are Eastern Daylight Time.

Email%20-%20PPMNY%20In%20Action%20(2).pngPPMNY Community Gathering in Central Park  
Sunday, October 3, 2:30 - 5:00 PM - In-Person, Manhattan
- register here

Connect with community members for some fall afternoon fun! See familiar faces or meet new friends at our casual gathering in Central Park. Stop by for an hour or stay the whole time. Family and friends are welcome!
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Monday, October 4, 7:00 - 8:30 PM - Online
Suggested donation -
register here

If you’re new to whole food, plant-based nutrition, start here! Led by PPMNY's Nutrition Educator, Gail Mayer, MS, RD, CDN, and a PPMNY Culinary Educator, this session will give you a foundation of knowledge and practical next steps to get started on your path to a plant-based lifestyle.


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with Joel Furhman, MD
Wednesday, October 6, 7:00 - 8:30 PM - Online
Suggested donation - register here

Join us for an evening with respected nutrition science expert Joel Fuhrman, MD. Hear how superior nutrition may offer us another layer of protection from the serious consequences of COVID-19 and other viruses. You'll learn how whole plant foods work to not only fend off cancer and viruses but protect against all causes of premature death and promote longevity.

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Jueves 7 de Octubre, 7:00 - 8:00 PM - En línea
Suggested donation
register here

Si estás teniendo un día muy cansado o estresante, la Coach y Organizadora de la Comunidad Latina de PPMNY, Aifra Ruiz, nos enseñará cómo reiniciar nuestro cuerpo y mente en solo 15 minutos. Además, vendrá acompañado de una rica y saludable batida para energizarnos.
Save the Date!
Saturday, October 9, 10:00 - 11:00 AM - In-Person, Manhattan
Farmers' Market Tour: Union Square Greenmarket
Wednesday, October, 13, 6:30 - 8:00 PM - In-Person, Levittown, NY
Hungry for Health: Green Street Eatery
Sunday, October 17, 5:00 - 6:15 PM - Live on Facebook & YouTube
Cooking with Chef Carole
Tuesday, October 19, 6:30 - 7:30 PM - Online
Virtual Potluck + Recipe Swap
Thursday, October 28, 6:30 - 7:30 PM - Online
Nutrition Support Circle

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Headers%20(new)%20(10).pngWelcome to our new staff members, Director of Educational Design & Evaluation Sherry Jarrett, DHEd, MSEd, CWP, and Network Design & Media Associate Hope Escobedo Ansanelli!



  A Certified Wellness Practitioner, PCRM Food for Life instructor, and teacher-education professor with a doctoral degree in health education, Sherry finds joy and optimal health in eating the whole food, plant-based rainbow. Sherry will be designing and curating impactful programs for our diverse local communities to learn about and experience the power of plant-based nutrition, and training our team to make it all happen!



Hope served in senior communications roles for organizations in Costa Rica and Peru, after serving in the Peace Corps in Peru. Her passion for creativity and well-meaning work fuels her graphic designs and powers her engagement with the network.  When she is not busy with our social media and event publicity, you can find her practicing yoga and enjoying a whole food, plant-based lifestyle with her family including her 8-month old daughter!

We also welcomed many new volunteers over the past year, including organizers Clarissa Boston, Louise Cohen-Silver, and Stephanie Cornejal; ambassador, Alexandra Belzie; and educator Bryant Meythaler. Interested in joining our grassroots volunteer network? Contact Lianna for more details.

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On Sunday, PPMNY Queen Organizer Enrica Sacca joined the fun at the Long Beach Fit Fest with NY Fit Fest co-founder Colette Lee Morales.


Los participantes crearon platos saludables durante nuestro Plant Powered Jumpstart en colaboración con SOMOS Community Care.
La semana pasada, Chef Valeria nos demostró cómo preparar unas fáciles y deliciosas barritas de avena con cobertura de chocolate. ¡Si no eres fan de la avena tradicional, haz clic aquí para aprender una manera creativa y dulce de prepararla!   PPMNY volunteers Dany Nelson and Enrica Sacca (not pictured) participated in the Bronx Healthy Start Partnership’s Strollin’ for Life event to raise awareness of healthy plant-based diets for healthy pregnancies in the Soundview Soundview section of the Bronx.
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5th Annual Plant Fit Summit
Presented by Better Life Summits
Saturday, October 9 - Sunday, October 17 - Online
FREE - register here
Please note this is an affiliate link, and PPMNY will receive a portion of the registration fee. 

Hear from over 30 experts, including Joel Fuhrman, MD, and Neal Barnard, MD, at this online summit addressing the three areas of well-being: health, fitness, and mind. Whether you want to eat healthier, lose weight, raise healthy kids, get fit, live longer, or simply wake up feeling vibrant and alive, this summit features physicians, world-class athletes, and coaches to help you improve your health and live your best life.


Plant Forward Workshop Series 2021
Presented by the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies
Wednesdays, October 13 - November 17, 12:00 - 2:00 PM EDT - Online
$175.50, includes a 10% discount - register here

A series of interactive virtual workshops, Plant Forward 2021 is bringing together change-makers from around the world to discuss community health, nutrition and sustainability, growing food, food justice, and educating others on the science and practicality of a whole food, plant-based lifestyle. At the first workshop, PPMNY Network Director Lianna Levine Reisner will share how PPMNY is growing the plant-based movement and running jumpstart programs in our local communities. All proceeds fund the CNS Community Grants program of which PPMNY is a 2021 recipient!


Our mailing address: Plant Powered Metro New York, PO Box 20771, New York NY 10025

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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