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EmbracIng a plant-based lIfestyle
Marc Ramirez, a former University of Michigan football player and co-founder of the nonprofit Chickpea and Bean, will discuss how he lost 50 pounds and reversed Type 2 diabetes and other illnesses with the power of plants. His wife Kim, co-founder of Chickpea and Bean, will share tips and tricks about what to shop for and how to prepare food while transitioning to a plant-based lifestyle. Marc has a wonderful story to share and will inspire you to make positive changes in your own life.
Are you ready to begin your journey to a healthier life? Eating more plant-based foods can help! Chantal Singer will discuss the benefits of adding more plant-based foods to your diet. She will share with you all of the best plant-based foods you should be eating that are not only super nutritious but incredibly delicious as well!
Chantal Singer is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for St. Joseph Mercy Health System’s Michigan Heart & Vascular Institute teaching plant-based eating and lifestyle medicine. Chantal is very passionate about plant-based eating for human health, planetary health and animal welfare. She can be found on Instagram @plant_based_nutritionist.
plant-based cookIng made easy and delIcIous
Vicki Brett-Gach is a sugar-free, oil-free Certified Personal Chef, Master-Certified Vegan Lifestyle Coach, and Plant-Based Culinary Instructor. She is a graduate of Dr. McDougall’s Starch Solution Certification program, and is Forks Over Knives Plant-Based Certified. Vicki is trained in Nutrition for a Healthy Heart, and in Dietary Therapy for Reversing Common Diseases. She holds certificates in Plant-Based Nutrition (through the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies), in the NEURO Plan (through the NEURO Academy), in Wellness Counseling (through Cornell University), and in Culinary Coaching (through Harvard Medical School and The Institute of Lifestyle Medicine). As a coach, Vicki works with individual clients, often helping them reverse health challenges and chronic conditions, and teaches whole food plant-based cooking classes to groups of all sizes, with a focus on helping people learn how to make eating healthy EASY. Vicki is the creator of the Ann Arbor Vegan Kitchen blog. Her recipes have been featured in The McDougall Newsletter, Center For Nutrition Studies Newsletter, and in multiple magazines and cookbooks. Stay connected with Vicki at AnnArborVeganKitchen.com, for new recipes as soon as they are published and to learn more about her new cookbook!
Michele Gallo is a Certified Health and Wellness Coach, Certified Plant-Based Professional, ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist, and Whole Food Plant-based Culinary Instructor. She is certified in Holistic Nutrition and holds certificates in Culinary Coaching from Harvard Medical School and the Institute for Lifestyle Medicine, ACLM Lifestyle Medicine for Coaches, T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies in Plant-Based Nutrition, and is Forks Over Knives Plant-Based Certified. She is a Conference Coordinator for the non-profit Plant-Based Prevention Of Disease (preventionofdisease.org).
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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 & Go, a plant-based restaurant in Royal Oak, 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.
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.
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