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News & Events for Health Empowerment // December 16, 2021

change your plate, transform your health


Sport a powerful message of health transformation through food, and spark curiosity in others, with our PPMNY cozy sweatshirts, super-soft tees, and eco-friendly totes. Check out our new online store featuring English and Spanish apparel and accessories. 


Please note: items are printed on-demand to save PPMNY from purchasing inventory in advance. Printing plus shipping time is approximately 8-14 days. 

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Did you miss Tuesday's news? The generous donor who offered to double your donations up to $25,000 has increased that amount to $50,000! Help us reach our goal before December 31st! 




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Make the transition, or recommit, to a whole food, plant-based lifestyle with the guidance of our nutrition experts, culinary educators, and mentors. Registration is open for our virtual 21-Day Plant Powered Jumpstart, launching in late January. 

As jumpstart graduate, Kele N. recently shared “It’s really crucial to have the support. Having the Sunday get-togethers, having the mentors, and also knowing if at any time you need support, you can get [it] – that, for me, was new and important.” Hear how Kele’s chronic pain has diminished after completing our fall jumpstart.

Orientation Session: Wednesday, January 26, 7:00 - 8:30 PM ET
Jumpstart Sessions: Sundays, January 30 - February 27,
educational sessions beginning at 3:00 PM ET
Group Mentorship Meetings: Wednesdays or Thursdays from ​February 2 - 24


Registration will be open through Friday, January 21, 2022. 

Program fee ranges from $50 - $250. Choose the fee that fits your budget. 

Full scholarships are available to anyone age 50+ for whom these fees are prohibitive, thanks to a grant from the NextFifty Initiative – inquire at

Already love a plant-based lifestyle and want to support others? 

🌱  Share the gift of the jumpstart! Donate todayselect “Plant Powered Jumpstarts” and include the recipient’s name in the Donor Notes

🌱  Underwrite the jumpstart 

 🌱 Sponsor a participant with a $100+ donation!

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Last week, PPMNY and the Bronx-based organization Health People organized a webinar for the media organization NewsWise, presenting to journalists about nutrition and COVID-19. The program, “
Beyond Delta and Omicron: Plant-Based Nutrition for Whole-Body Health in the Age of COVID,” featured a testimonial from jumpstart graduate Nicole S. about her recovery from long-haul COVID-19 alongside the expert voices of Richard Rosenfeld, MD, MPH, MBA, from SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University, and Sapana Shah, MD, MPH, from Bellevue Hospital’s Plant-Based Lifestyle Medicine Program.


A day later, the New York Times reported, “researchers have found that the coronavirus infects both fat cells and certain immune cells within body fat, prompting a damaging defensive response in the body.” We have known since early in the pandemic that the virus is more likely to cause harm to those who are overweight or obese. The research cited calls out the role that body fat (adipose tissue) plays in harboring the virus, which offers a hypothesis for why those with more body fat have had a harder time fighting off the virus. As the author writes, “Body fat used to be thought of as inert, a form of storage. But scientists now know that the tissue is biologically active, producing hormones and immune-system proteins that act on other cells, promoting a state of nagging low-grade inflammation even when there is no infection.”

So why have preliminary studies shown that plant-based diets are more protective in the face of COVID? One way to explain it is that whole food, plant-based nutrition promotes natural weight loss through low calorie density and high nutrient density in the overall dietary pattern. This allows most people to maintain low and healthy levels of body fat. The easiest way to achieve this is to eat low-fat plant foods abundantly and to avoid animal foods (replete with saturated fats), added oils (all fat), and processed foods.

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Subscribe to our YouTube channel for newly uploaded videos of past events.

All times below are Eastern Time.


Introducción a una alimentación plant-based con Dr. Julia Barillas
Jueves 16 de diciembre, 7:00 - 8:00 PM - En línea
Donación sugerida - regístrate aquí
¡Si te has hecho muchas preguntas sobra la nutrición plant-based, esta es tu oportunidad! De mano de la Dra. Julia Barillas, aprenderás los beneficios de una alimentación plant-based y como aplicarla para una transición exitosa.
Save the Date!
Sunday, January 2, 10:00 AM -  4:00 PM - Online & In-Person, Manhattan
New Year’s Day Fitness Fair: Plant-Based Nutrition Track
Presented together with Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan 
with Michael Klaper, MD; Sapana Shah, MD; Chef Carole Levy; and Tami Kramer 
Tuesday, January 4, 7:00 - 8:30 PM - Online
Get Started with Whole Food, Plant-Based Nutrition
Monday, January 17, 3:00 - 5:00 PM - Live on Facebook & YouTube
Reconnect and Reimagine Food: An MLK Culinary Celebration
Sunday, January 23, 5:00 - 6:15 PM - Live on Facebook & YouTube
Cooking with Chef Carole
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On Sunday, Chef Carole Levy, PPMNY Culinary Educator, shared dishes to inspire your holiday cooking, including a hearty shepherd’s pie. Watch the replay.   Last week, the PPMNY team participated in the Plant Based World Expo at the Javits Center to network with the plant-curious attendees and pioneering new businesses.
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Holiday Cook-Along with Chef AJ
Presented by Chef AJ and featuring Chef Carole Levy
Sunday, December 19, 12:00 PM EST - Online
FREE - watch here

Join Chef AJ alongside 5 plant-based chefs for a healthy, delicious holiday meal! Enjoy watching Chef Carole Levy, Katie Mae, Cathy Fisher, Ramses Bravo, and Vicki Brett-Gach as they create spinach fettuccine alfredo, balsamic brussel sprouts, pineapple-tarragon mashed yams, and more. 


Live Q&A with Mastering Diabetes Co-Founder Robby Barbaro, MPH
Presented by the National Health Association
Tuesday, December 21, 7:00 PM EST
FREE - register here

Join this live session with Robby Barbaro, MPH, internationally recognized diabetes expert and New York Times bestselling coauthor of Mastering Diabetes. Robby helps people reverse insulin resistance and take back full control of their metabolic health.


Seeking Plant-Based Runners for NYC Half Marathon
Sunday, March 20, 2022
Learn more here

World Vegan Vision, an official charity partner of the 2022 United Airlines NYC Half marathon organized by, is recruiting vegan race contestants.
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Support PPMNY when you shop on Amazon! Amazon will send a small percentage of all your purchases to PPMNY when you're shopping at Select "Plant Powered Metro New York, Inc." from the list of charities here.


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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