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News & Events for Health Empowerment // January 1, 2024




“My A1c [a marker of diabetes] is down to 5.9. It’s been as high as 6.2 since I’m pre-diabetic, and for the last 6 years I haven’t been able to move the needle below 6.0, so I’m pretty excited about that. My glucose is now at 72, and it’s been as high as 102.” 

— Plant Powered Jumpstart graduate,
June 2023



Make 2024 your year of great health! In just two weeks, PPMNY will kick off the next round of our 21-Day Plant Powered Jumpstart — an empowering opportunity to learn about the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle, and also really live it

You’ll be supported every step of the way with educational sessions, recipes, cooking demos, one-to-one mentorship, and a virtual community of plant-powered peers. It all starts on Thursday, January 18th!




Register by Monday, January 15

Sign up with a friend, family member, or colleague to have fun and get healthy together!


👉 Choose the price that fits your budget: Standard rate of $150, sponsor rate of $250, and discounted spots for just $50. Register now.




On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, PPMNY is uniting communities to stand up for a more inclusive food future through our Health Freedom Walks. Join us for our 2nd annual plant-powered restaurant crawl while paying tribute to Dr. King’s enduring legacy of justice.

We’ll start our walks at places of significance to the civil rights movement and then proceed to eateries where chefs have curated delicious plant-powered dishes for our groups. Hold your spot for just $5 by registering below for a location near you! All dishes will be approximately $10 or less.


Health Freedom Walks
Monday, January 15
Harlem, 4:00 - 6:00 PM – view details and register
New Rochelle, NY, 4:00 - 6:00 PM – view details and register
Princeton, NJ, 4:15 - 6:45 PM – view details and register

More locations will be announced later this week!



Thanks to more than 175 generous supporters, we reached our target of raising (and exceeding!) $100,000 by the end of 2023. Not only are we grateful for your belief in our work, but we’re getting excited to do even more in the year ahead! Our plans include…


A virtual series on nutrition for brain health.


New educational partnerships with great organizations like the Coalition for Behavioral Health, WorkWell NYC, and the Food Revolution Network.


Celebrating our 5th anniversary in March.


Four more Plant Powered Jumpstarts before the summer: one for the public (coming up next!), one for Spanish speakers later this spring, one for the staff of NYC Health + Hospitals, and one as a study with patients who have received a kidney transplant. 


More cooking classes, peer mentorship, and public events for learning and community-building.

Interested in bringing PPMNY to your community or workplace? Reach out to Lianna Levine Reisner, PPMNY Network Director.

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Chef Carole’s Healthy Eating Tips
Sunday, January 7, 2:30 - 3:15 PM – Online
Presented for the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan’s New Year’s Fitness Fair 
FREE – register here 



Plant Powered Potluck in Downtown Brooklyn
Monday, January 22, 6:00 - 8:00 PM – In-Person
FREE – register here 



Health to Healthy Heart:
Plant-Based Conversations That Could Save Your Life

Wednesday, January 31, 7:00 - 7:30 PM – Live on Facebook & YouTube
Suggested donation – register here




New York Governor Signs Bill to Connect Doctors to Nutrition Training

Last month, New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed a bill requiring the New York State Education Department and New York State Department of Health to provide physicians with an online resource library that will include “plant-based nutrition, clinically proven methods for the prevention, reversal, and treatment of diet-related illnesses, and informational resources regarding racial disparities in outcomes for diet-related diseases.” Since many healthcare professionals lack training in evidence-based nutrition, this bill will ensure that more physicians have access to key information that can affect how they practice medicine. Read the legislation here.


NYU Langone Health to Host Webinar on Health, the Environment, and Social Justice

On Monday, January 8, the Department of Population Health at NYU Langone Health will be holding their annual webinar for Veganuary starting at 12 PM ET. The event will include a panel of four speakers to discuss how plant-based nutrition relates to global issues, ranging from health to climate change and feminism. Register here.


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