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News & Events for Health Empowerment // April 3, 2024




A plant powered lifestyle offers tremendous benefits to our health. This first week of Earth Month, we want to be clear that eating whole plant foods is also good for our planet. But why is that? 

While the processing and transportation of food products contributes to greenhouse gas emissions, what we eat matters much more than how far it has traveled. That’s because it is the actual farming and sourcing of food that overwhelmingly contributes to its carbon footprint. This includes methane emissions from animals, as well emissions from fertilizers, manure, and farm machinery. Take a look at Our World in Data’s insightful infographic: 



Among the top 15 carbon emitting foods are meat, cheese, chocolate, and even oils. (Interested in other food and environment facts? Check out more visuals here.)

This Earth Month, join us to learn more through events at the intersection of human and environmental health, starting with a webinar next week with long-time plant-based physician Michael Klaper, MD: 



What's the Root Cause? Climate Change & Food
Wednesday, April 10, 7:00 - 8:00 PM ET — Live on Facebook & YouTube
Featuring Michael Klaper, MD
Suggested donation – register here for a reminder


Meanwhile, in Harlem, we’ll be exploring how factory farming affects our climate — and why environmentalists hesitate to take it on — at our Harlem Movie Night: Cowspiracy. The informative and even humorous documentary follows an aspiring environmentalist seeking the truth behind pressing environmental issues and a true path to sustainability. Following the documentary, we’ll be joined by sustainability expert and author Martin Rowe for a talkback.



Harlem Movie Night: Cowspiracy
Monday, April 15, 5:45 - 8:15 PM – Harlem
Ginjan Cafe, 85 East 125th Street
Talkback with Martin Rowe
$15 entrance fee includes drink + plantain cookie – register here




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Our 5th anniversary celebration is tonight in Brooklyn — but you don’t have to be there to participate in our silent auction! Today is your last chance to bid on a wide range of items from plant-based nutrition educational courses, health and wellness sessions, walking tours, artwork, and more!  Our 5th anniversary silent auction will close at 8:30 PM ET tonight, so be sure to create your 32auctions log-in now
 to bid and scoop up any last-minute wins.




Guide Others As A Lifestyle Mentor

Lifetsyle-Mentorship-Icon.png   If you’ve successfully made the transition to a health-promoting plant-based lifestyle and want to support others in making change, talk to us about becoming a Lifestyle Mentor with PPMNY! 

To be eligible to participate, you’ll need to have at least one year of experience with a whole food, plant-based lifestyle, and experience eating mostly unprocessed plant foods (not just a vegan diet). Our next round of training will take place on Thursdays, April 11th and 18th, from 6:30 - 9:00 PM ET — both dates are required.

Tomorrow, April 4th, is the last day to express interest in becoming a Lifestyle Mentor.  Contact Sherry, PPMNY’s Network Training Organizer, to learn more!




Join us in Southeast Queens for a special series
presented by the Queens Public Library:


Spring Into Health!
Thursdays, April 4 - 18, 6:00 PM
South Hollis Branch, 204-01 Hollis Avenue
Free and open to the public — no registration required
Starts tomorrow! April 4: Eating for Longevity: A Film Screening & Talk-Back



Plant Powered Health: How Food Fuels Vibrant Living and Fights Disease
Thursday, April 4, 7:00 - 7:45 PM ET – Online
Presented for Plant Based for the Planet Montclair,
featuring Gia Merlo, MD, DipABLM 
FREE – register here



Lunch Social at Spring Shabu Shabu
Sunday, April 14, 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM ET – Flushing, Queens
136-20 38th Ave, 2nd Floor
$29 all-you-can-eat hot pot meal – register here by April 5



Cooking with Chef Carole
Sunday, April 14, 5:00 - 6:15 PM Live on Facebook & YouTube
Suggested donation – sign up here for a reminder and advance recipes



Plant Powered Potluck in Downtown Brooklyn
Monday, April 15, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
81 Fleet Place
FREEregister here



Plant Powered 5K Walks
Saturday, April 20
Manhattan (Central Park), 10:00 AM – view details and register
Queens (Astoria Park), 10:00 AM – view details and register


Join us for upcoming events in New Jersey!



Chinese Dinner Social in Highland Park, NJ
Thursday, May 9, 6:30 - 8:30 PM – Highland Park, NJ
Chef Tan Chinese Restaurant, 441 Raritan Avenue
$38 (includes tax + gratuity) – register here by May 3


How Not to Age

How Not to Age with Michael Greger, MD
Wednesday, May 15, 6:30 - 9:30 PM – Princeton, NJ
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, 50 Cherry Hill Road
Featuring Michael Greger, MD
$15 entrance fee – register here


Check out more events coming up this spring:



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Last night we kicked off our largest Reto Salud ever!  The orientation session for the 21-day Jumpstart program for Spanish speakers was attended by nearly 50 attendees. Participation spanned from the NY Metro Area to Chile, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico.   Last week’s potluck in Brooklyn was filled with great food, surprise giveaways, and trivia about fruits. The question that stumped everyone was: “Where did persimmons originate from?” Hint: It’s a country in Asia…




Sign the Petition for Healthy, Climate-Friendly Meals in Public Schools

In a time when climate change and health disparities loom large, plant-based meals in public schools can be part of the solution. Despite the 7 billion school meals served annually in the US, students who eat plant-based for health, ethical, environmental, or even religious reasons often don’t have meal options at their schools. To change this, you can support the Healthy Future Students and Earth Act to advocate for our children’s health and the planet's future. Sign here



Colorectal Cancer Rates Increasing in Young People

Early-onset colorectal cancer is on the rise among young people, increasing at a rate of 2% per year since the mid-1990s. Research suggests that lifestyle factors have a hand in this increase, with younger generations consuming more ultra-processed foods, red meat, and sugary beverages in the past three decades. Physicians and health experts point out these factors, along with the presence of good or bad bacteria within the gut microbiome, can influence cancer risk and health outcomes. Learn more



Ending Tomorrow: Lowest Pricing for P-POD Conference in Newark (and Online)

The Plant-based Prevention Of Disease Conference (P-POD) is back in Newark (with virtual option) for the second year on September 7-8, featuring the myriad of ways that plant-based nutrition is used to treat and reverse chronic disease. This year’s line-up of speakers includes a host of physicians, dietitians, healthcare professionals, and leaders and advisors from PPMNY. The lowest rates are still available — but only through tomorrow! Healthcare professionals, get an even lower rate with code PPMNY for 10% off registration! Register today


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