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News, Upcoming Events & Opportunities  // April 2021 
Dear Plant Powered Community,  
The sun is shining this week, and we've got hope. While the pandemic marches on with new variants and new struggles worldwide, we've been inspired by you -- our community -- to find health at home, where we have immediate influence.
Dr. Kim A. Williams
On Wednesday, the World Health Organization's World Health Day launched a campaign to achieve greater health equity, defined as "the absence of unfair, avoidable, and remediable differences in health status among groups of people." While it's easy to feel that this massive task is far too great, we together, through Plant Powered Metro New York, are firmly and enthusiastically part of the solution!
Whole food, plant-based (WFPB) nutrition nourishes our cells, feeds healthy gut flora, and activates our self-healing capacity -- and it can help us chip away at health disparities and inequities every day. Next week, we're going to explore this topic further with nationally-recognized cardiologist Dr. Kim Williams, Sr., a researcher and clinician at Rush University Medical Center, past President of the American College of Cardiology, and the Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Disease Reversal and Prevention. Please join me in this conversation with Dr. Williams, alongside our partners at Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan:
Nutrition as the Missing Link in Chronic Illness, COVID, and Health Disparities
Monday, April 12, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
FREE - register here
In health,
Lianna Levine Reisner 

P.S. We'd like to hear from you...fill out our 3-minute in-person programming survey to help us plan for the months ahead!


Thank you to everyone who donated in honor of PPMNY’s 2nd birthday last month!

Natasha Wehrli, MD: Free enrollment in the eCornell Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate program
Mia White: A bundle of freshly-prepared WFPB meals from MamaSezz
Christine VanHorne-Selby: Fullstart Ultimate Vegetable Slicer Set
Danielle Medina: Private Summer Garden Tour & Harvest in Astoria
Yvonne Gardenhire: A collection of WFPB books


We've been gathering, learning, and finding our power online for over a year now. While we will continue to offer online programming, PPMNY would like to hear about your personal preferences related to future in-person programming. We understand that people have diverse needs, expectations, and concerns, so your responses will help us determine whether and when to start offering programs offline. Please complete this 3-minute survey by Friday, April 16!

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Please make a donation as you take advantage of our free opportunities!
And subscribe to our YouTube channel to check out newly uploaded videos of past events.

All times below are Eastern Daylight Time.

Family yoga

Family Fitness and Food Workshop
Sunday, April 11, 11:00 - 11:45 AM
FREE - register here

Celebrate spring with Earth Day yoga play focused on breathing, energizing poses, and mindfulness, followed by a cooking demonstration of oil-free Strawberry Banana Breakfast Bars to mark the beginning of the strawberry season. Led by PPMNY volunteers Danielle Medina, family fitness and yoga instructor, and Natalie Khoo, registered dietitian.


Group of vegetables

Nutrition as the Missing Link in Chronic Illness, COVID, and Health Disparities
Co-presented with Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan
Monday, April 12, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
FREE - register here

Join us to hear Kim Williams, MD, address the root causes of chronic disease -- with a focus on nutrition. He'll explore the variables that make it less likely for people of color to access proper food and make connections among diet, chronic illness, and COVID-19.


Virtual potluck + recipe swap

Virtual Potluck + Recipe Swap
Wednesday, April 14, 6:30 - 7:30 PM
FREE - 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.

Sprouts in a pot

El poder de los micro-verdes
Jueves 15 de abril, 7:00 - 8:00 PM

GRATIS - regístrate aquí

Únase a nosotros mientras Joél Mejia comparte cómo los microverduras son poderosamente nutritivos. También ofrece una solución para la escasez de alimentos en algunas comunidades.

Save the Date!

Sunday, April 18, 5:00 - 6:15 PM:
Cooking with Chef Carole

Earth Day! Thursday, April 22, 7:00 - 8:30 PM:
Resetting Our Food System: Farm to Fork
with Ron Weiss, MD, Ethos Primary Care, master farmer, Nora Pugliese, Ethos Farm; and Jeff Tkach, Chief Impact Officer from the Rodale Institute
Presented with Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan 

Monday, April 26, 6:30 - 7:30 PM:
Nutrition Support Circle

Wednesday, April 28, 7:00 - 8:00 PM:
Plant Powered Book Club: The Blue Zones


Andreas Garcia spoke at weekly Spanish-language virtual meeting Plant-based Danna

En caso de que se haya perdido nuestro programa reciente en español, vea la repetición de nuestra sesión sobre el poder de los alimentos crudos con Andrea Garcia y escuche la historia de Danna del Rosaria sobre su pérdida de peso con una dieta económica y basada en plantas. Haga clic aquí para unirse a nuestro grupo de Facebook en español, que se llama Comunidad de Plant Powered Metro NY.

In case you missed our recent Spanish programming, watch the replay of our session on the power of raw foods with Andrea Garcia and hear Danna del Rosaria’s story of losing weight on a budget-friendly, plant-based diet. Click here to request to join our Spanish Facebook group, Comunidad de Plant Powered Metro NY.

Community member Darlene's dish

We just wrapped up our Food For Life eight-session Healthy Weight Management series for JASA, a local senior service agency, led by instructor Carole Levy and program assistant Ellen Silverman. Thanks to participant Darlene M. for sharing a photo of her bright artichoke salad and Gloria M. for her spinach tofu scramble. 


Grow Your Own with Square Foot Gardening

Grow Your Own with Square Foot Gardening Webinar 
Presented by PlantPure Communities

Tuesday, April 13, 1:00 - 2:00 PM EDT
FREE - register here

Dig into spring by planting your own Square Foot Garden. The webinar will teach you how to get started, offer tips for involving your family in the gardening process, and answer your questions about the Square Foot Gardening method. 

WHIN Food Council Grow From Home Project

WHIN Grow From Home Program
Presented by the Washington Heights/Inwood Food Council
Applications must be submitted by Wednesday, April 21
Program available for residents of Washington Heights and Inwood

FREE - apply here

Plant the seeds of health by growing your own fresh produce! Our friends at the WHIN Food Council are launching a Grow From Home project to put food gardens on the windowsills of local families. Participants will receive a free selection of edible plants and supplies to grow and harvest at home. Residents of Washington Heights and Inwood may apply here.

Sembrar Desde Casa Programa
Presentado por El Consejo de Alimentos de Washington Heights/Inwood
Solicitudes deben ser entregadas antes del Miércoles 21 de abril 
Programa disponible para residentes de Washington Heights e Inwood

GRATIS - aplicar aquí

Plante las semillas de salud cultivando sus propias frutas y verduras frescas. El Consejo de Alimentos de Washington Heights/Inwood lanzará Sembrar Desde Casa, un proyecto para crecer plantas y comida desde nuestras casas. Los participantes recibirán una selección gratis de plantas comestibles y otros materiales necesarios para sembrar y cosechar en sus hogares. Residentes interesados de Washington Heights e Inwood pueden aplicar aquí.


Learn How to Put Your Food & Yard Waste to Good Use with Backyard Composting
Presented by The Rodale Institute
Watch the video series here

Rodale Institute Farm Director, Rick Carr, explains the benefits of backyard composting and teaches how to manage your food and yard waste. If you have a backyard, this video series will help you get started with composting, save money, and reduce your environmental footprint.


Plant-Based Health Immersion Heart Health

Plant-Based Health Immersion Heart Health
Presented by Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
Saturday, April 17, 12:00 - 5:00 PM EDT 
FREE - register here

Hear from leading nutrition experts on how plant-based nutrition can prevent high blood pressure, cholesterol, and heart disease. The program offers practical guides on meal planning for success, attainable goal setting, live cooking demonstrations, and Q&A with clinicians and dietitians. 


10th Annual Food Revolution Summit

10th Annual Food Revolution Summit
Presented by Food Revolution Network
Saturday, April 24 - Sunday, May 2
FREE - register here

Learn from 25 of the most respected food and nutrition experts during this online summit. You’ll hear the most current research on food and nutrition and the link between our immune system and the prevention of type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s, cancer, obesity, and other chronic conditions. Neal Barnard, MD, Michael Greger, MD, Joel Furhman, MD, Milton Mills, MD, Brenda Davis, RD, and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams are among the distinguished speakers. 


Woman with salad on a fork

Which Foods Affect Your Skin?
Exam Room Podcast with Jessica Krant, MD

Presented by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
Listen to the podcast here

Listen to PPMNY Medical Advisory Board member Jessica Krant, MD, address questions about skin health and how lifestyle factors affect the aging process. She explains how eating a variety of nutrient-dense, whole plant foods help you look and feel your best. 


NYU logo
NYU Student’s Diet & Lifestyle Survey
Presented by Sherry St. Pierre, M.S. Candidate
Complete the survey here

New York University Clinical Nutrition student, Sherry St. Pierre, is studying diet and lifestyle choices among recreational and competitive athletes -- anyone who exercises regularly. If you’re interested in contributing to research related to food, exercise, and health, you can participate in Ms. St. Pierre's research by completing the 10-15 minute anonymous survey here


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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.

Our mailing address: Plant Powered Metro New York, PO Box 20771, New York NY 10025

Questions? Email us at info@ppmny.org.




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