SUNY Downstate Medical Center School of Public Health to co-host multidisciplinary conference on plant-based nutrition
Plant-based nutrition – emphasizing consumption of vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes, and fruits – can prevent, treat, or reverse certain chronic diseases in adults based on current best research evidence. Plant-based diets have been shown to prevent and treat obesity, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, coronary artery disease and hyperlipidemia. Many clinicians, however, are unaware of the powerful improvements in health that are possible through dietary change. Downstate’s Committee on Plant-Based Health & Nutrition is working to increase awareness of how plant-based nutrition can improve health.
On March 29, 2019, The School of Public Health and the College of Medicine, in collaboration with the office of Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, will host a one-day conference, “Harnessing the Power of Plant-Based Nutrition: Overcoming Obstacles to Plant-Based Health in Brooklyn and Beyond”. This conference will include presentations from national and local experts on the scientific evidence supporting plant-based nutrition, and strategies for transitioning to greater dietary plant consumption. It will also address barriers to dietary change, such as cost, access to produce (food deserts), cultural traditions, and institutional obstacles. A delicious plant-based breakfast and lunch inspired by the African diaspora will be included.