Free Presentation & Vegan Food Tasting
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Presented by Marc Ramirez and Kim Korona
Marc Ramirez will discuss the health benefits of a plant-based diet and share his personal story about how he lost 50 pounds and reversed type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, psoriasis, ED, obesity, and frequent heartburn through the power of food. Marc’s inspirational story will motivate you to make positive changes in your own life. He is a former University of Michigan football player and TEDx presenter. In addition, Kim Korona will discuss the environmental implications of our food choices and offer solutions for how we can reduce our eco-footprint one meal at a time, while also helping animals and improving our health. As part of the program, you will also enjoy a delicious free plant-based food tasting.
This event is free but you must RSVP on the Northville Public Library Event Calendar.
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, obesity, and frequent heartburn through the power of food. On December 3, 2011, he and his wife, Kim, began a whole food, 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 non-profit Chickpea and Bean Inc. (Kim is Chickpea because she’s a chick and Marc is bean because, well, he loves beans!) Together they strive to educate people about the power and benefits of a plant-based 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 the youth of all ages and conducted professional development training’s for educators and advocates, and she currently serves as their Senior Program Director. Kim is a member of the Association for Professional Humane Educators, serves on the executive board of the Humane Education Coalition, is on the advisory board of the Raven Corps., a youth-focused activist organization focused on promoting the benefits of plant-based eating, and she is an active volunteer for VegMichigan. She has been vegetarian for 20 years, vegan for 17 years, and believes that together we can create a healthier, more compassionate, equitable, and sustainable world for all through our personal choices and on a systemic level.