These classes are designed and certified by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (pcrm.org). Based in Washington DC, this group of physicians and dietitians works tirelessly to educate and empower the public to take their healthcare into their own hands. Hippocrates, considered the Father of Medicine, is quoted as saying, " Let food by thy medicine and medicine be thy food" and these courses enable you to make that philosophy a reality.
Combining the latest in research based nutrition information with hands on cooking demonstrations of delicious recipes, these classes are highly informative as well as practical. I am so proud to be a part of this distinguished group of healthcare practitioners and educators.
As these classes dive deep into specific nutrition issues, many are offered in a series, and the information builds from week to week. However, occasionally I will offer an all day "intensive" on one of these topics. Please see below the wide variety of offerings and let me know if you'd like to be notified when I am teaching on a specific topic.
For additional available classes, please see the "MORE CLASSES" page.
KICKSTART YOUR HEALTH
This curriculum is based on PCRM's successful 21-Day Vegan Kickstart program. The Kickstart has helped thousands of people adopt a plant-based diet to reach their health goals. Depending on one's perspective, the Kickstart is about losing weight, maintaining a healthy weight, or simply embracing an overall healthful diet. For some people, it's the first time the idea of not restricting amounts of foods but rather choosing the right foods has been the guiding principle for losing weight and staying healthy. Lower cholesterol, better diabetes control, lower blood pressure, as well as improvements in energy and mood are some of the many benefits people experience on this diet.
Adults in the United States spend more than half of their waking hours at work giving employers a unique opportunity to impact the health and wellness of their employees. In a public health climate of a growing health crisis and mounting health care costs, more attention needs to be given to eating healthfully and staying active, especially around a busy work schedule. By offering PCRM’s Food for Life: Employee Wellness Program, employers can lead the way to facilitating an office culture of health and wellness that employees can carry into their lives at home.
The program consists of the same elements proven to be successful in the GEICO study and the Food for Life nutrition and cooking classes:
Weekly sessions for workers consisting of nutrition education, cooking demonstrations, food samples, and supportive group discussions
Support for the employer’s food service provider to incorporate healthful food options into the menu
Guidance on healthful dining out choices if there is no employer food service provider
Research shows that income level and socio-economic status are linked to health disparities including increased risk of diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease, and that overweight and obesity takes a disproportionate toll on underserved populations.
In Healthy Basics classes, attendees will discover the relationship between diet and disease, get tips on planning a weekly or monthly menu, and enjoy cooking demonstrations and tasting delicious, healthful dishes in a supportive group setting.
Featured Class Topics
The Power Plate
How Foods Fight Diabetes
Foods for a Healthy Weight
How Foods Fight Heart Disease
Grocery Store Tour (Supplemental Class)
Nutrition Essentials—based on the Physicians Committee’s successful 21-Day Vegan Kickstart program —is about making a qualitative, as opposed to quantitative, shift in the way we eat. Class attendees will discover the guiding principle for weight loss and good health is not restricting the amount of food they eat, but rather choosing the right foods—fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes.
Attendees may experience clinical benefits such as lower cholesterol, better diabetes control, and lower blood pressure, as well as improvements in energy and mood. Results are likely to be immediate and impressive! There are no cooking demonstrations in this series.
FEATURED CLASS TOPICS
Kickstart Your Health: Weight Control and Diabetes Prevention
Let’s Go (Begin Kickstart, Label Reading)
Getting in Gear
THE CANCER PROJECT
The class series covers a variety of cancer-related nutrition topics and demonstrates how to prepare several meals loaded with antioxidants and phytochemicals, high-fiber and low-fat foods, and healthy dairy alternatives.
Introduction to How Foods Fight Cancer - The National Cancer Institute research shows that as much as 50 percent of cancer risk may be related to diet. In this class, you will learn about the right food choices that can help reduce the risk of developing cancer as well as overcome the disease after it has been diagnosed.
Fueling Up on Low-Fat Foods- Steering clear of meat, dairy products, fried foods, and other fatty fare is an important first step in preventing and surviving cancer.
Favoring Fiber- Fiber helps your body rid itself of toxins, waste hormones, excess cholesterol, chemicals, and other undesirables.
Discovering Dairy Alternatives- In this class, you will learn about the benefits of avoiding dairy products as well as an array of possible dairy alternatives that provide ample nutrients for a healthy diet.
Replacing Meat When cancer researchers started to search for links between diet and cancer, one of the most noticeable findings was that people who avoided meat were much less likely to develop the disease. In this class, you will learn about and taste a variety of vegetarian sources of protein, which are low in fat, high in fiber, and loaded with cancer-fighting nutrients.
Cancer-Fighting Compounds and Immune-Boosting Foods- Both antioxidants and the body’s immune system are critically important in fighting cancer. This class will explore foods that are rich in protective compounds and immune-boosting nutrients such as beta-carotene, lycopene, vitamin C, and zinc.
Maintaining a Healthy Weight- Healthy weight control is essential for warding off a variety of chronic diseases, and studies have shown that slimmer people are even less likely to develop cancer.
THE DIABETES INITIATIVE
Diabetes is a public health problem of epidemic proportions. More than 100 million U.S. adults are now living with diabetes or pre-diabetes, and nearly one-third of those 65 and older have the disease. Uncontrolled, diabetes can lead to complications from head to toe, including stroke, loss of vision, heart disease, kidney failure, and various problems due to nerve damage and circulatory problems, such as erectile dysfunction or lower-extremity amputation. Research studies have demonstrated that a plant-based nutrition approach reduces the risk of diabetes and can greatly benefit those who have been diagnosed with the disease.
The goal of the Food for Life: Diabetes Initiative program is to empower people who have diabetes and those concerned about developing diabetes, along with their friends and family members with new information and skills. Each class offers a cooking demonstration, and provides samples of delicious, health-promoting dishes, along with a take-home packet of easy and affordable recipes.
Featured Class Topics
Introduction to How Foods Fight Diabetes
The Power of Your Plate and Grocery Cart
Understanding Type 2 Diabetes
Designing a Diet for Maximum Weight Control
Using the Glycemic Index
Keeping a Healthy Heart
Diabetes Care from Head to Toe
Making It Work for You