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News & Events for Health Empowerment // December 9, 2021


 "I’ve lost 8 lbs! And my TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) is finally under control!" 

 - Carla A., Jumpstart Graduate

Begin 2022 with a commitment to better health! 

Registration is now open for our virtual 21-Day Plant Powered Jumpstart launching in late January. Whether you are new to a plant-based lifestyle, or need a refresher, the jumpstart brings nutrition education together with practical skills, culinary demos, group mentorship, and community support.



What’s included?

🌱 A prep session to prepare you and your kitchen
🌱 Engaging educational sessions covering the basics of evidence-based nutrition, grocery shopping, mindset, and more
🌱 Support with setting and achieving goals for healthy eating
🌱 Guidance from a medical provider trained in healing through nutrition
🌱 Weekly group mentorship meetings in themed tracks for specific chronic diseases or life stages
🌱 Farmers’ market tours for local participants
🌱 Culinary demonstrations to build your recipe repertoire and meal prep skills
🌱 A virtual community for peer-to-peer support
🌱 A jumpstart app with easy access to resources, including a shopping list and meal planning resources

A chance to win prizes to support your whole food, plant-based lifestyle!

Who’s eligible? The jumpstart is open to adult residents of the New York metro area and beyond. 

What’s the cost? Choose the program fee that fits your budget. All fees directly support our program costs.
Sponsor rate (supports participation for you and one other): $250
Sustainer rate (pays for your participation): $150
Community rate (discounted): $50

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

.What’s the schedule?

  • 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.


Already dig a plant-based lifestyle and want to encourage others?

🌱 Share the gift of the jumpstart! Make a donation on behalf of a friend or loved one. Select "Plant Powered Jumpstarts" and include the participant's name in the Donor Notes.

🌱 Underwrite the jumpstart 

🌱 Sponsor a participant with a $100+ donation!

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After healing from Type 2 diabetes with whole food, plant-based nutrition, NYC Mayor-Elect & Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is committed to harnessing the power of food to build healthier and more resilient communities. As Adams’ transition organization prepares for 2022, we are excited to announce Lianna Levine Reisner, PPMNY Network Director, and Robert Graham, MD, MPH, FRESH Med NYC Co-Founder and PPMNY Medical Advisor, have been selected as members of the Mayoral Transition Food Policy Committee. Check out the full list of transition committees and members.

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While Giving Tuesday 2021 has come and gone, we’re still working toward meeting our $25,000 match from a generous anonymous donor – and we’re more than 70% of the way there!
Every financial contribution before the end of the year will bring us closer to reaching our goal.


Donations of $50+ made today through December 31st are eligible to receive a PPMNY recycled cotton tote bag.   



Enjoy the replay of Plantathon, our Giving Tuesday celebration, on our
Facebook and YouTube channels. 

Congratulations to our Plantathon giveaway winners:

Clarissa B. and Cheryl L. received a scholarship to the Plant-Based Nutrition eCornell Certificate Program
Virginia L. and Karen C. won a spot in PPMNY’s 21-Day Plant Powered Jumpstart
Christina B. and Christina B. (Did you catch that? A lucky name!) can look forward to reading their like-new copies of The China Study by T. Colin Campbell and The Starch Solution by John A. McDougall
Danielle M., Enrica S., Melinda M., Shveta R., Angel. M, Sapana S., Renee S., and Eloise F. may soon be spotted at the farmer’s market or grocery with their new PPMNY recycled cotton tote bags
Lisa N. and Daniela C. will receive a set of True Made Foods condiments


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Big news! We received a generous $50,000 grant through our fiscal sponsor, the Center for Transformative Action, from the NextFifty Initiative, a Colorado-based foundation that supports efforts to improve the lives of older adults and their caregivers. This funding will support our health empowerment programs for adults age 50 and older, including scholarships for our upcoming jumpstart and nutrition and cooking classes for low-income older adult communities. 

“Our goal is to transform the way our society views and experiences aging, and that influences the types of programs and projects we fund. Plant Powered Metro New York’s work with older adults aligns with our efforts to improve and sustain quality of life for people in their second 50 years. We offer our support and congratulations.” - Diana McFail, president and CEO of NextFifty Initiative


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All times below are Eastern Time.

Get Started with Whole Food, Plant-Based Nutrition
TONIGHT! Thursday, December 9, 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 Nutrition Educator, Gail Mayer, MS, RD, CDN, and Louise Cohen-Silver, PPMNY Organizer, this session will give you a foundation of knowledge and practical next steps to get started on your path to a plant-based lifestyle.


Cooking with Chef Carole
Sunday, December 12, 5:00 - 6:15 PM - Live on Facebook & YouTube
Suggested donation: register for a reminder and advance recipes
Catch Chef Carole Levy’s demo of Shepherd's Pie; Roasted Beet, Pomegranate, and Pistachio Salad; and Red and Green Brownie Bites to inspire your holiday menu!


Nutrition Support Circle
Monday, December 13, 6:30 - 7:30 PM - Online
Suggested donation: register here
Find support as you adapt to a plant-based lifestyle. Join this safe and compassionate monthly session to discuss your motivations and struggles, led by PPMNY Community Support Facilitator Lori Pitkowsky, LSW, with PPMNY organizer and psychologist Denise Bassin, PhD.

Holiday Treats: Loving Food That Loves Us Back
Presented together with Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan 
Wednesday, December 15, 12:00 - 1:15 PM - Online
$15 fee, use
PLANT5 code at checkout for $5 off 
register here
Join Catherine and Dr. Katz for a fun, interactive evening exploring holiday treats that not only taste good, but are good for you. Learn tips from how they fortify their immunity, manage the diverse preferences of their kids, and more, all while expanding your culinary skills. 


Virtual Potluck + Recipe Swap
Thursday, December 16, 6:30 - 7:30 PM - Online
Suggested donation: register here
Connect with community members over a casual virtual dinner to share stories, swap recipes, and show each other what we're eating. If you're looking for meal inspiration or have questions about eating plant-based, you'll find support from like-minded members of the PPMNY community.

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 
Tuesday, January 4, 7:00 - 8:30 PM - Online
Get Started with Whole Food, Plant-Based Nutrition
Sunday, January 13, 5:00 - 6:15 PM - Live on Facebook & YouTube
Cooking with Chef Carole
Monday, January 17, Afternoon
Black Chefs Cooking for Justice: A Celebration of Dr. King
Stay tuned for details

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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