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News & Events for Health Empowerment  // April 29, 2021


Plant Powered Community,


Raising my kids on a whole food, plant-based diet has taught me so much about human nature and food. Years ago, we cleaned out our kitchen to be a space for health, removing the temptation of forbidden foods lurking in the cabinet. The toughest challenge now is making sure that the kids eat enough fresh produce when it’s often easier to grab a lightly-processed snack -- or just to binge on whole grains and pastas. Should we even care? Well, yes. Growing bodies and brains need colorful foods (the color is a sign of their nutrient content) just as much as they need calorie-dense plant foods like grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds.

But so many of us are struggling with the basics: poor school lunch options, ice cream trucks on the corner, pizza and cake at birthday parties, and just general picky eating. Our food culture is maddening for parents and caregivers to navigate. For a plant-based approach to Every Kid Healthy Week, here are our tips and recommended resources for raising plant-powered kids! 

  1. Stock your fridge with ready-to-eat vegetables like carrots, bell pepper, celery, and cucumbers along with a favorite dip.
  2. Explore the farmer’s market together. Encourage your kids to speak with farmers about where their food comes from and how they grow nutritious plant foods.
  3. Find plant-based substitutions for their favorite foods. Mac and cheese lovers won’t miss the cheese when it’s replaced with a vegetable sauce flavored with nutritional yeast. Try the Vegan Mac and Cheese Sauce on our PPMNY In Your Kitchen recipe app. 
  4. Make it a game to eat a diversity of whole plant foods: Keep track of how many different plant foods you eat and set a new target each week. Or invite your kids to choose an unfamiliar fruit or vegetable at the grocery and then work together to find a recipe. 
  5. Register for our next Family Fitness & Food Workshop for an interactive workout and plant-based cooking demo! 
  6. Join our new public Slack channel where we discuss raising healthy kids by filling out this simple form here.
  7. Check out these great books for families...
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Plant-Powered Families by Dreena Burton Forks Over Knives Family by Alona Pulde, MD and Matthew Lederman, MD
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Disease-Proof Your Child: Feeding Kids Right by Joel Fuhrman, MD Nourish: The Definitive Plant-Based Nutrition Guide for Families by Reshma Shah, MD, MPH and Brenda Davis, RD


Parents and grandparents, you got this. We want you to know that it is possible to make healthy food a family priority and find success! 

In health,

Lianna Levine Reisner, Network Director

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Earlier this month, PPMNY team members collaborated with educator Fritzlyne Nelson at PS189 in Crown Heights to bring whole food, plant-based nutrition education to her 8th grade students. Queens Organizer Enrica Sacca and Nutrition Educator and dietitian Gail Mayer organized a series of four virtual classes for her students during the school day. Here's what Fritzlyne had to say about the experience!

“My class has been reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan, exposing them to different food chains. The page came to life with Gail’s presentation and Enrica's cooking demos. Students are seeing people who eat, live, and thrive on a plant-based diet. They are putting to rest stereotypes that eating plant-based food will leave you hungry; the truth is you are full and clean. Gail and Enrica showed them that little steps at a time lead to a distance of change. Recognizing the leading cause of stroke, heart attack, cancer, and diabetes is unhealthy food was powerful.”

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In case you missed it, the latest version of our PPMNY In Your Kitchen recipe app has more than 150 plant-based recipes created by our community members -- and we’re celebrating with a fun giveaway! Tomorrow (Friday, April 30) is the final day to enter.


Enter to win a $100 grocery gift card, an Amazon Fire TV stick, or How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease by plant-based nutrition expert Michael Greger, MD.

You'll receive one chance to win for any or all of the following by Friday, April 30:
🌱   Get the app on your phone or computer, as a new user or when you upgrade to the new version!
🌱   Submit a recipe -- each recipe gives you one chance (follow the link in the app menu or submit your recipe here). Be sure to read over the guidelines for recipe submissions.
🌱  Jump over to Facebook or Instagram for more ways to enter to win! 

For a plant-based meal, try PPMNY Nutrition Educator Lois Lynn’s Chickpea Nuggets and oil-free Roasted Asparagus -- available in the app! 


May is National Salad Month! Starting next week, everyone is invited to share their plant-packed salad photos and recipes -- including your favorite oil-free dressings -- in our Facebook Community group or on Instagram, tagging @PlantPoweredMNY and using the hashtags #plantpoweredsalads and #eattherainbow. 

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Virtual events

El poder de las plantas contra el cáncer

Jueves 29 de abril, 7:00 - 8:00 PM
¡ESTA NOCHE! GRATIS- regístrate aquí

La Médico Oncólogo Radioterapeuta, Dra. Jazmín García, nos explica cómo el poder de los alimentos a base de plantas puede ayudar a prevenir y tratar el cáncer.


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Get Started with Whole Food, Plant-Based Nutrition
Monday, May 3, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
FREE- register here

Join others new to whole food, plant-based nutrition to hear the evidence behind the health benefits, get starter recipes, learn tips for stocking your pantry, and ask questions! Led by PPMNY Nutrition Educator Gail Mayer, MS, RD, CDN, and PPMNY Recipe Contributor Chef Daniel Shuman, this session will give you a foundation of knowledge and practical next steps to get started on your path to a plant-based lifestyle.



Eating & Living to Break Generational Cycles of Chronic Disease
Tuesday, May 4, 7:00 - 8:00 PM
with Columbus Batiste, MD, FACC, FSCAI, 
Presented with Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan
FREE- register here

Breaking free from the cycle of chronic disease in our families is possible. Join Columbus Batiste, MD, FACC, FSCAI to explore the science and hear his experience guiding patients on their path to prevent and reverse heart disease. Everyone can take control of their health, even after years—or generations—of neglect.



Intro to Mindfulness: Eating with Awareness
Wednesday, May 5, 7:00 - 7:45 PM
FREE - register here

Learn how mindfulness practices ground you in the present moment and how bringing more awareness to your daily activities, and your plate, deeply connects you to your body. Learn to better manage stress, make healthy choices, and savor whole plant foods with Sam Moll, RD, and health coach Benjahmin Koenigsberg.

Save the Date!

Monday, May 10, 6:30 - 7:30 PM:
Virtual Potluck + Recipe Swap

Wednesdays, May 12 - June 30, 7:00 - 7:45 PM:
Scents to Senses: How to Eat Mindfully (8-week series)

Sunday, May 16, 10:00 - 10:45 AM:
Family Fitness & Food Workshop

Sunday, May 23, 5:00 - 6:15 PM:
Cooking with Chef Carole

Monday, May 24, 6:30 - 7:35 PM:

Nutrition Support Circle

Tuesday, May 25, 7:00 - 8:00 PM:
Plant Powered Book Club: What's Missing from Medicine

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Educational Design & Evaluation Manager -- Now Full-Time, Paid 

PPMNY's nutrition education programming is in high demand! We are seeking a skilled program developer with a strong understanding of adult learning theories and experiential learning to serve as our Educational Design & Evaluation Manager. In collaboration with PPMNY leadership, this full-time role will be responsible for program planning and development, as well as assessment and evaluation. Learn more

Community Programs Coordinator -- Part-Time, Volunteer

Working alongside PPMNY’s Network Director to implement our public education programming strategy, this volunteer role will coordinate event planning, including maintaining a master schedule, outreach to presenters, coordination with our communications team, and providing planning support for our grassroots leaders. Learn more. 

Network Empowerment Coordinator -- Part-Time, Volunteer

Guide and support our growing team of volunteers as PPMNY’s Network Empowerment Coordinator. This part-time role is responsible for empowering volunteers to set mission-aligned goals and cultivating a collaborative environment for our team to thrive by providing structure, tools, and resources. Learn more. 

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On Earth Day, we heard about the impact of soil health on human health from experts in regenerative organic agriculture -- Dr. Ron Weiss and farmer Nora Pugliese from the  Ethos Farm Project, and Jeff Tkach, Chief Impact Officer from the Rodale Institute (pictured above). Listen here. 

Documentary film producer and PPMNY Board Member Wendy Sax joined Chef AJ to share creative insights from her career and how healing from hyperthyroidism through plant-based nutrition set her on a path of activism with PPMNY. Catch the replay here.



Instructor Laurie Courage demonstrated a healthy wrap with nutrient-dense sprouts during our Food for Life series for JASA seniors, The Power of Food for Cancer Prevention and Survival. Many thanks to the Livestrong Foundation for generously funding the program! 

 As part of the Livestrong Foundation’s Global Nutrition in Cancer Care conversations, PPMNY Network Director Lianna Levine Reisner and JASA’s Senior Director of Senior Centers Aisha Parillon moderated a session about nutrition education and access to nutritious foods during and after cancer treatment. Tune into the conversation here. 

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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.

Questions? Email us at info@ppmny.org.


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