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Dr. Ted Barnett is featured on Chef AJ

Chef AJ introduces Dr. Barnett, an Interventional Radiologist, partner with Borg and Ide Imaging in Rochester, NY, and founder of Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute to her live audience. World renowned Chef AJ spends an hour with Dr. Barnett discussing his background, lifestyle medicine, Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute’s15-Day Whole-Food Plant-Based Jumpstart, WFPB nutrition and culture change.

Vegan since 1991, Dr. Barnett and his wife Carol are the proud parents of three adult children who are incredibly healthy lifelong veganangelists.

In 2017, he became one of the first 204 physicians board-certified in Lifestyle Medicine after passing the inaugural examination in that specialty.

In March 2020, adapting to the new realities of the current pandemic, Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute began delivering its monthly 15-Day Whole-Food Plant-Based Jumpstart using Zoom. The program has now reached over 1000 people in over 35 states, 3 Canadian provinces, and the United Kingdom.

As documented in a recent publication in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, the 15-Day Jumpstart has shown dramatic results in improving most of the chronic conditions afflicting citizens of the industrialized world, including type 2 diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol, and hypertension. This is especially important in the current pandemic, as those conditions are associated with significantly worse outcomes for those infected with COVID-19.

Dr. Barnett is dedicated to transforming the health care system using the principles of Lifestyle Medicine and Plant-Based Nutrition. What is lifestyle Medicine? Lifestyle Medicine uses evidence-based lifestyle interventions to prevent, arrest, and reverse disease. The six basic pillars of Lifestyle Medicine are 1) Whole-food, plant-predominant eating pattern, 2) Regular physical activity, 3) Restorative sleep, 4) Stress management, 5) Avoidance of risky substances, and 6) Positive social connection. We at RLMI have added 3 more pillars, Enjoying Nature, Finding Purpose, and Finding Joy which are represented by added spokes on our wellness wheel.

This interview was held live on August 29, 2021

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Dr. Ted Barnett on Chef AJ Live via YouTube Aug 2021

Dr. Darren Morton, LIFT Project Founder Teaches Us How to be Happy

Through Rochester Lifestyle Medicine’s Lecture Series, internationally-known Australian Lifestyle Medicine Expert Dr. Darren Morton teaches how we can lift our lives and those of others—and flourish. Through the award-winning, evidence-based, scientifically-proven global LIFT Project. Morton’s goal is to LIFT 10 million lives.

Charismatic, engaging and passionate, Morton is all about LIFTing lives by teaching people how to bring happiness, meaning and joy to their lives and others’ lives. Morton has presented to hundreds of receptive audiences from Australia to America.

Morton shows us what it takes to Flourish. He identifies and elaborates on the key elements that are scientifically proven to help us flourish and increase happiness, including Positive Emotion, Engagement, Achievement, Relationships, and Meaning.

Morton spoke via Zoom on Sunday, January 24, 2020 at 7:00 PM.

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Brooklyn Borough President and NYC Myorial Candidate Eric Adams on his new book, Healthy at Last

As part of the Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Lecture Series, Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President and past NYPD Captain  spoke on his new book, Healthy at Last: A Plant-Based Approach to Preventing & Reversing Diabetes & Other Chronic Illnesses.

Adams was diagnosed with late stage Type 2 diabetes in 2016. He consulted with five doctors, and was repeatedly told he would lose fingers, toes, and his vision, and would remain on insulin for the rest of his life. With a family history of diabetes and frightened by the dim prospects for his future, Adams conducted an internet search on reversing diabetes, and found a plant-based diet.

In his book, Adams defines a path for communities of color to reverse their chronic diseases through a plant-based diet. In a recent interview, Adams explains, “Diabetes, heart disease, and other preexisting conditions account for most of the hospitalizations, and they happen in poor communities where people have poor access to food. So, it’s almost a continuation, a pipeline, to not only poor health habits but death rates. That’s why it’s imperative that we find an approach to dealing with the pandemic amidst chronic diseases that includes both intervention and prevention. “

Adams offers solutions in his book. “I wanted to show people how to look at what we have available to us in local markets. There’s a lot of healthy food in front of us, but it is being hidden between the rows of bad food…You can eat in a cheap way, but in a healthy way. We need to ensure that people in the inner cities have the access (to healthful foods).”

Adams spoke to an RLMI audience on Monday, December 7, 2020 at 7:00 PM.

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Debunking Keto, Paleo, and other Low-Carb Diets with Brenda Davis, RD

Registered dietitian Brenda Davis is a leader in her field and an acclaimed speaker at nutrition, medical and health conferences throughout the world. She is noted for her work as the lead dietitian in a diabetes research project in the Marshall Islands.

Ms. Davis is co-author of nine award-winning, best-selling books including Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition (2014), Becoming Vegan: Express Edition (2013), The Raw Food Revolution Diet (2008), Defeating Diabetes (2003) and Dairy-free and Delicious (2001). Most recently she is the co-author with Reshma Shah, MD, MPH of Nourish: The Definitive Plant-Based Nutrition Guide for Families–With Tips and Recipes for Bringing Health, Joy, and Connection to Your Dinner Table (2020). Her books are vegetarian/vegan nutrition classics, with over 750,000 copies in print in 8 languages.

She has authored and co-authored several articles for peer-reviewed medical and nutrition journals and magazines.

Ms. Davis is a past chair of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In 2007, she was inducted into the Vegetarian Hall of Fame. Ms. Davis is a distinguished member of RLMI’s Scientific Advisory Board and one of the best speakers you will ever hear. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to hear her!!!

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RLMI features a panel of Plant Based Physicians on Nutrition and Lifestyle

RLMI’s Dr. Ted Barnett and Dr. Susan Friedman lead a panel of physicians on the role of whole-food plant-based nutrition and lifestyle medicine in their practices on June 3, 2021.

Panelists include: Susan Friedman, MD, MPH; Melissa Sundermann, DO; Mira Agrawal, MD, FACP; Scott Leibman, MD, MPH; Ted Barnett, MD, FACLM; Robert Breakey, MD

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RLMI features Carla Hightower, MD, MBA on Food Cravings

Dr. Carla Hightower is a certified integrative health coach, workplace wellness consultant, and founder of Living Health Works. She provides wellness workshops and online courses to teach adults how to create healthy lifestyles with plant-based nutrition so that they can heal themselves, have more energy, and lead productive lives.

In her prior career, Hightower practiced anesthesiology for 21 years and observed that unhealthy food was responsible for most of the preventable, chronic diseases affecting her patients. Personally, she was inspired to become a health coach after overcoming her own prediabetes with plant-based nutrition and lifestyle changes.

Dr. Hightower joined RLMI’s Dr. Ted Barnett and Dr. Susan Friedman for a webinar presentation on Sunday June 13, 2021.

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RLMI features Ginny Messina, RD, MPH on Plant-Based Diets and Bone Health

Registered dietitian Virginia Messina writes about plant-based diet for both consumers and health professionals, and serves on the advisory boards of One Step for Animals, Vegetarian Resource Group, and True Health Initiative. She has published in peer-reviewed scientific journals, co-authored a textbook on vegetarian nutrition, and twice co-authored the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics position paper on Vegetarian Diets.

On her website, theveganrd.com, Ms. Messina says: “I devote my career to giving people the tools and knowledge they need to adopt a healthy vegan diet and to ensure that they will stay healthy and happy for the long term.” She also contributes to and helps maintain the website Vegan Health which she calls “the most comprehensive, evidence-based source of vegan information on the internet.”  Ms. Messina has co-authored a number of books on vegan nutrition and vegan ethics, including Vegan for LifeVegan for Her, Never Too Late to Go VeganEven Vegans Die, and Protest Kitchen. Most recently she co-authored, with Jack Norris, RD, the second edition of Vegan for Life: Everything You Need to Know to Be Healthy on a Plant-based Diet (2020).

Ms. Messina was the featured guest speaker on RLMI’s Lifestyle as Medicine Lecture on May 16, 2021.

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Dr. Barnett introduces RLMI’s 15-Day Whole-Food Plant-Based Jumpstart.

In this short video, Dr. Ted Barnett introduces his Day 1 presentation of Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute’s 15-Day Whole-Food Plant-Based Jumpstart program.

The 15-Day Whole-Food Plant-Based Jumpstart is perfect for those with chronic diseases to take part and see positive results in just 2 weeks. With more than 1000 participants all over the world so far, excellent results have been charted in weight loss, lowered cholesterol, lowered blood pressure, reversal of Type 2 diabetes and heart disease, improved sleep, increased energy, lowered meds, and much much more.

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AARP/RLMI Video Series Intro Video: Lifestyle Medicine for Immune Function.

If you’re looking for some simple tips to improve your immune system, watch this short introductory video on Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute’s 9 Lifestyle Medicine pillars to improve your immune system.

This video was produced for an AARP/RLMI video series on 6 Steps (of the 9 pillars) to Support a Healthy Immune System (Tuesdays, July 20, 27, August 3, 10, 17, 24 from 5-5:45 pm EST).

The 9 Lifestyle Medicine pillars are low tech and inexpensive. They include Plant-Based Nutrition, Purpose, Joy, Activity, Enjoying Nature, Managing Stress, Relationships, Avoiding Toxins and Restful Sleep.

By adopting these pillars, you may be able to lose weight, lower cholesterol, reverse Type 2 diabetes, increase energy, and improve sleep more easily.

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WFPB Cooking Demos: RAVS Chefs in the Kitchen

A whole-food plant-based diet is linked to better health, weight loss, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, reversal of Type 2 diabetes, improved sleep and energy.

Expand your plant-based cooking repertoire and learn how to make some simple, delectable and crowd pleasing plant based recipes. Join seasoned and inventive chefs, Sandy Baker, Renee Bell, and Peg Haust-Arliss in their kitchens, while they generously share their knowledge, skills and enthusiasm for plant-based cooking!

Watch the plant-based cooking demo presentation below featuring Renee Bell’s Oatmeal Berry Casserole, Sandy Baker’s Strawberry-Banana Breakfast Wrap, Peg Haust-Arliss’s Chick’n Salad (soy curls),  Renee Bell’s Yam and Kale Soup, Sandy Baker’s Chocolate Mousse.

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