VegMichigan

Presentations

VegMichigan speakers are available for presentations throughout the year. Below is a list of topics. We can also tailor a presentation to specific requirements. Contact tom@vegmichigan.org for more information.

Health is a Gift You Give Yourself 

Our “Standard American Diet” is largely responsible for the epidemic of chronic diseases that we are experiencing in America including obesity, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, hypertension, heart disease, and several cancers. The good news is that we have made great progress in identifying the root causes for these chronic diseases, and we are recognizing that all of them are largely preventable, and many are even reversible through some straightforward lifestyle changes. By choosing whole plant-based foods that are truly health supporting, engaging in at least moderate exercise and ensuring that we sleep well, we have the opportunity to greatly enhance our health and vitality well into our elder years. Dr. Robert Breakey is a 5th generation graduate from the University of Michigan Medical School. He completed his Family Medicine residency at the University of Wisconsin in 1984 and has practiced Lifestyle Family Medicine in Ann Arbor since 1985. He is Chairman of the Board and Head of the Family Medicine Division for IHA – a multi-specialty medical group centered in and around Ann Arbor.

The Miracle of a Plant-Based Diet  

Dr. Joel Kahn presents the science of why a healthy plant-based diet provides all of the nutrition needed to live a healthy and active lifestyle during all stages of life. He will also discuss the growing medical research showing the ability of a plant-based diet to halt and reverse some of the major reasons why we age, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and even some cancers. Dr. Kahn will also show you how to get started on living your best life. Dr. Kahn serves as Clinical Professor of Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Kahn and his family are also the owners of the very successful GreenSpace Cafe, a plant-based restaurant in downtown Ferndale, where they prove that healthy food can also taste great! He has been plant-based for over 40 years and lectures across the country on optimal health and diet. 

Plant-Based 101: A Healthy, Compassionate, and Sustainable Lifestyle

Kim Korona received a B.A. from Goddard College in VT, and a M.Ed. from Cambridge College in MA in affiliation with the Institute for Humane Education. She previously worked for the Michigan Humane Society in both advocacy and education. She also worked as a workshop facilitator for the Institute for Humane Education where she provided training on living a MOGO life, or a life that does the Most Good, Least Harm, to people, other species, and the planet and how to teach humane education. While at HEART, a non-profit education organization, for the past decade, she has developed curricula and other educational resources that promote compassion, critical thinking, and empowerment through topics related to animal protection, environmental ethics, and social justice. She has taught humane education programs to youth of all ages and conducted professional development training’s for educators and advocates, and she currently serves as their Senior Program Director. 

How I Tackled Chronic Illness

Marc Ramirez is a former University of Michigan football player and TEDx presenter who lost 50 pounds and reversed Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, psoriasis, ED, obestity, and frequent heartburn through the power of food. On December 3, 2011, he and his wife, Kim, began a whole foods, plant-based lifestyle. In just two months Marc no longer needed his 5 medications, including insulin shots. He and Kim felt thrilled with the results, but they also felt frustrated because not enough people know that this way of eating might help them too. In order to raise awareness about the power of plants, they decided to create the nonprofit Chickpea and Bean Inc. Together they strive to educate people about the power and benefits of a plant-based lifestyle.  

Making Food Choices for Optimum Health

P6-d05cbPaul Krause is the president of VegMichigan President and he is also a pharmacist. Paul shows you how to eat your way to health and well being. Pills mostly mask the problem. The best way to live a healthy and active life is to adopt a plant-based diet focused on fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds, and grains. You’ll leave his presentation inspired to get healthy!  This presentation can run from 30 to 60 minutes.