Clinicians who are champions of plant-based nutrition
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News & Events for Health Empowerment // July 7, 2021


Meet some clinicians in your neighborhood who are moving the food-as-medicine movement forward through their nutrition leadership! Tune in to this weekly summer series to hear their personal experiences in the field. Watch yesterday’s conversation with Richard Rosenfeld, MD, MBA, MPH, to learn how he’s taking the lead at SUNY Downstate University -- and about his bags of beans!

Find the livestreams on our Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Nutrition Heroes in Healthcare
Wednesday, July 14, 12:00 - 12:45 PM
Mary Yuter, RN, CCRN
Cardiac ICU nurse and founder of Heart to Soul Cardiac Wellness, LLC
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Tuesday, July 20, 12:00 - 12:45 PM
Urvi Shah, MD
Faculty on the myeloma service, division of hematologic malignancies at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
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Tuesday, August 3, 12:15 - 1:00 PM
Michelle McMacken, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine at NYU Grossman School of Medicine and Director of NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue's
Plant Based Lifestyle Medicine Program
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Tuesday, August 10, 12:00 - 12:45 PM
Gia Merlo, MD, MBA, DipACLM
Clinical Professor of Nursing and Senior Advisor on Wellness at New York University
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Food for Life: The Power of Plant-Based Nutrition for Health
Presented together with Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan
Wednesdays, July 14 - August 11 (except July 28)
12:00 - 2:00 PM
- Online
$150 for the series; FREE for cancer patients
Register by Friday, July 9th

Take charge of your health through plant-based nutrition! Food for Life offers the tools to master a new approach to food that will help you achieve your weight goals, prevent cancer, increase survivorship, and create an environment of health and resilience throughout your mind and body. Guidebook with recipes and home-delivered produce boxes included for local participants. Registration is capped at 30 people.



Ethos Farm: An Afternoon Adventure
Friday, July 16, 2:00 - 6:30 PM
177 West Mill Rd, Long Valley, NJ 07853
Tickets ($40) are available through Friday, July 9!


Connect the plants on your plate to the land beneath your feet during our visit to Ethos Farm in Long Valley, NJ! The Ethos Farm Project uses regenerative agriculture techniques to grow nutrient-dense produce while protecting the planet. Our afternoon includes: 

  • A tour of the grounds with Ethos Farm Manager Nora Pugliese.
  • Learning with Lifestyle Medicine advocate Saray Stancic, MD.
  • Delicious farm-fresh appetizers.
  • An open Q&A with Ethos Primary Care and Ethos Farm Project Founder Ron Weiss, MD

And our youngest visitors will enjoy a movement activity with PPMNY Brooklyn Organizer and fitness instructor Danielle Medina! Learn more about our visit here.

Do you need transportation, or can you offer a ride to others? Following registration, you’ll receive a carpooling form to complete.

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All times below are Eastern Daylight Time. 

Demostración Culinaria - "Almuerzo de Verano"
¡MAÑANA! Jueves 8 de julio, 7:00 - 8:00 PM - En línea
GRATIS - regístrate aquí

Aifra Ruiz, Plant-Based Coach y Organizadora de PPMNY, nos enseñará cómo preparar un almuerzo saludable y fresco para el calor de este verano.


Presented together with Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan
Thursday, July 8, 7:00 - 8:00 PM - Online
Pay-what-you-wish donation encouraged - register here

Learn how whole food, plant-based nutrition supports healthy, clear skin in this event with PPMNY Medical Advisor and dermatologist, Jessica Krant, MD, MPH. Dr. Krant will explore how gut health and skin health are deeply interconnected and how our diet affects common skin conditions, including the signs of aging.


Cooking with Chef Carole
Sunday, July 11, 5:00 - 6:15 PM - Online
FREE - register here

Summer is the perfect time to savor refreshing fruits, and Chef Carole’s creative menu of fruit-forward recipes will inspire you to whip up some cool dishes. Follow along as she prepares watermelon gazpacho, jicama and orange salad, pistachio avocado gelato, and baked plantains.



Harlem Community Fridge Nutrition Workshops
Mondays, July 12 -26, 3:30 - 4:40 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.



Get Started with Whole Food, Plant-Based Nutrition
Tuesday, July 13, 7:00 - 8:30 PM - Online
FREE - register here

If you’re new to whole food, plant-based nutrition, this is your starting point! Hear the evidence behind the health benefits, get starter recipes, learn tips for stocking your pantry, and ask questions. Led by PPMNY's Nutrition Educator, Gail Mayer, MS, RD, CDN, and PPMNY Culinary Educator, Brandy Cochrane, this session will give you a foundation of knowledge and practical next steps to get started on your path to a plant-based lifestyle.


Crave This? Try That!
Thursday, July 15, 12:30 - 1:00 PM - Live on Facebook and YouTube
FREE - register for an event reminder

 Finding whole food plant-based alternatives to standard American dishes is easier than you may think! Bring your wish list of favorites as we join PPMNY Culinary Educator Brandy Cochrane to talk about ways to transform traditional meals into healthy plant-based dishes.


Save the Date!

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

Farmers' Market Tours - In-Person
Tuesday, July 20,  8:30 - 9:00 AM: Bronx Borough Hall Greenmarket 
Tuesday, July 20, 10:00 - 10:30 AM: Fort Washington Greenmarket
Saturday, July 24, 11:00 - 12:00 PM:  Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket

Jueves 22 de julio, 7:00 - 8:00 PM - En línea
¿Cómo Revertir la Diabetes?

Check out our full calendar of events!

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Building a Movement for Plant Powered Nutrition in Metro New York
PPMNY Network Director Lianna Levine Reisner on Chef AJ Live!

Do you know how PPMNY got its start and how we
(meaning you!) make a difference? In Chef AJ’s interview with Network Director Lianna Levine Reisner, you’ll hear Lianna’s story of overcoming endometriosis and how her desire to feed her family nutritious foods led her to a whole food, plant-based lifestyle and ultimately to collaborating with like-minded people to create PPMNY.

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Clinicians across the NY area came together last week through our Food as Medicine Roundtable to learn from Craig Zalvan, MD, FACS, otolaryngologist at ENT and Allergy Associates and Northwell/Phelps Hospital. Dr. Zalvan explained the difference between GERD and LPR -- two types of reflux disease -- and how a naturally low-pepsin whole food, plant-based diet can reverse reflux. With the support of the Livestrong Foundation, PPMNY led a four-week Food for Life nutrition and cooking class for Brooklyn's Fort Greene Council seniors. PPMNY Culinary Educator  and Food for Life instructor Carole Levy demonstrated flavorful plant-based dishes participants can easily recreate at home, with the assistance of PPMNY Brooklyn Organizer Danielle Medina.
A participant from our June 14-Day Jumpstart for the Latinx community shares her experience: "Me gusta aprender, las personas del equipo JumpStart Latino vinieron saturados de información para completar su metas de nutrición educativa en nuestra comunidad. Son muy buenos maestros y esto de que es posible cocinar sin aceites. ¡Nunca se me va a olvidar!"
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Discover 5 Simple Steps to Quit Sugar Without
Having to Give Up Your Sweet Tooth

Presented by Chef AJ
Sunday, July 11, 11:00 AM EDT - Online
FREE - register here

Learn the exact steps Chef AJ used to break free from sugar despite being a self-professed food addict working as a pastry chef. She’ll share her tips on where sugar is hiding in our food, the truth about zero-calorie sweeteners, and why it’s not your fault if you failed to quit sugar in the past.

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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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