Announcing Nourish Your Mind virtual series
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News & Events for Health Empowerment // February 7, 2024
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So many of us have witnessed a loved one decline as a result of Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease. These common neurological conditions leave our loved ones fearful of aging. Meanwhile, courageous family members try to hold it all together and keep them comfortable as the diseases progress — but there is trauma for all involved. Fortunately, emerging science is revealing the role of nutrition in preserving cognitive health and preventing top neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. 

PPMNY is excited to announce a new educational virtual series to support patients, families, and caregivers, Nourish Your Mind. The three-part series will feature presentations by medical professionals, a cooking demonstration, practical tips, and a virtual grocery shopping tour. 

Presented in partnership with The Michael J. Fox Foundation, the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, Riverdale Senior Services, and other community partners, Nourish Your Mind will stream live at 12:00 PM ET on:


Friday, March 15
Nutrition & Parkinson’s Disease with John Duda, MD, and The Michael J. Fox Foundation’s Rachel Dolhun, MD
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Wednesday, April 3
Nutrition & Alzheimer’s Disease with Dean Ornish, MD, and PPMNY’s Lianna Levine Reisner
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Wednesday, May 1
Meal Prep & Shopping for Cognitive Resilience with health coach Laurie Courage and PPMNY’s Karina Pearse and Sergio Villavicencio
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Soulful Seeds: Cultivating Black Wellness With Plant-Based Nutrition
Tonight! Wednesday, February 7, 7:00 - 8:00 PM – Live on Facebook & YouTube
Featuring Jacque Salomon and Henry Obispo; moderated by Rebecca Johnson
Suggested donation – register here


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Eating for Heart Health: The Power of Plant-Based Nutrition
Monday, February 12, 10:00 - 11:30 AM – Tarrytown, NY
Presented by the Shames JCC of Tarrytown, 371 S. Broadway
$10 entrance fee – register here


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Black History Month Movie Night: The Game Changers
Thursday, February 22, 5:30 - 8:15 PM – Harlem, Manhattan
Ginjan Cafe, 85 East 125th Street
$15 entrance fee includes Plant Powered Snack Pack – register here



Shop With the Doc
Saturday, February 24, 1:00 - 2:00 PM – Little Neck, Queens
Featuring Michelle Loy, MD
J Mart, 249-26 Northern Blvd
Suggested donation – register here


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Plant Based New Jersey Community Potluck in Clinton, NJ
Saturday, February 10, 12:00 - 3:00 PM
FREE – register here


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Lunch Social at Spring Shabu Shabu
Sunday, February 25, 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM – Flushing, Queens
In honor of the Lunar New Year!
136-20 38th Ave, 2nd Floor
$29 all-you-can-eat hot pot meal – register here by February 16



Plant Powered Potluck in Downtown Brooklyn
Monday, February 26, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
81 Fleet Place
FREE – register here


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Leap Year Dinner Social in Garwood, NJ
Thursday, February 29, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
$30 registration includes meal, tax and gratuity – register here


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NYC Health + Hospitals invited PPMNY to present “grand rounds'' for their OBGYN department today. Melinda Mann, MD, DipABLM, presented the evidence for plant-based nutrition to develop a healthy gut microbiome, and then PPMNY Network Director Lianna Levine Reisner shared her story of healing endometriosis by eating whole plant foods and abstaining from dairy. The providers were intrigued, not only for their patients’ wellness but for their own health!   We’re empowering mothers in central New Jersey! Last week, PPMNY Food for Life Instructor Karina Pearse kicked off a new series focused on maternal health at the Harvest Family Success Center in Flemington. Karina taught mothers how to incorporate fiber-rich, heart-healthy flaxseed into recipes, along with a cooking demo of a flavorful whole-wheat pasta with tomatoes and kale. And for dessert: a banana-sweetened brownie with whole plant ingredients. A special thank you to the Allen Foundation for sponsoring this program! Learn more about Food For Life programming with PPMNY.




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Plant-Based Super Bowl recipes from Forks Over Knives

No matter who you’re rooting for on Super Bowl Sunday, we can all be winners when we eat plant-based! These recipes from Forks Over Knives offer a creative and tasty plant-based twist on game day food favorites. From dips, to finger foods, to hearty chilies, you’ll have plenty to share with friends and loved ones this Sunday. Learn more



Better Life Summits

If you have been trying to lose weight, odds are you’ve heard about portion control or calorie counting. However, health experts and medical professionals know more about  why we overeat — and how to overcome it. Better Life Summits is presenting The Truth About Weight Loss, co-hosted by long-time PPMNY favorite and Plantathon participant, Chef AJ. Kicking off on February 17th, the free eight-day event will feature 45 speakers and daily success stories you have to see to believe. Register for free



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