Dr. Darren Morton, LIFT Project Founder, to speak on how to be happy

Internationally-known Australian Lifestyle Medicine Expert Dr. Darren Morton will present on 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 will show us what it takes to Flourish. He’ll identify and elaborate on the key elements that are scientifically proven to help us flourish and increase happiness, including Positive Emotion, Engagement, Achievement, Relationships, and Meaning.

Morton will speak via Zoom on Sunday, January 24, 2020 at 7:00 PM. Click here to registerFree. Suggested donation.

Dr Darren Morton’s LIFT Project


Brooklyn Borough President and NYC Mayoral Candidate, Eric Adams to speak on his new book

As part of the Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Lecture Series, Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President and past NYPD Captain  will speak 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 will speak via Zoom on Monday, December 7, 2020 at 7:00 PM. Click here to register. Free. Suggested donation.

Dr. Friedman to speak at PPMNY’s Healthy Aging Webinar (virtually)

Dr. Friedman will be a featured speaker at Plant Powered Metro New York’s Webinar on Healthy Aging on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 from 12-1:30 pm ET. As a Geriatrician, Dr. Friedman will share key evidence to break down myths and norms of aging, addressing what we know about cognitive impairment, diabetes, hypertension, frailty, and overweight. The most important steps for adults to take to prevent “functional decline.” Dr. Friedman will join speakers, Aisha Parillon of JASA and Cliff Arcenaux, MMS, PA-C. Community members will share testimonials and their stories of health transformation, even at an advanced age.This event is free and open to the public with registration. To view the full Webinar, click here.

Lisa Smith, Executive Director Plant-Based Nutrition Support Group, to speak on People of Color and Veganism

As part of the Lifestyle as Medicine Lecture Series, Lisa Smith, MBA, serial entrepreneur, community leader, health and wellness subject matter expert, nutritionist and professional speaker, will explore the disproportionate impact of chronic disease on people of color and ways in which we can begin to turn the tables for these more marginalized and vulnerable communities with a plant-based diet and other lifestyle interventions. This live Webinar through Zoom will take place on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 7:30 pm EDT. Free. Suggested Donation. Click here to register.

Dr. Milton Mills to speak on The Impact of Racial Bias on the Health Profiles of Communities of Color

As part of the Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Lecture Series, Dr. Milton Mills, an esteemed physician who has worked with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine to redress racial inequities in dietary recommendations, will speak on The Impact of Historical Racial Bias on the Health Profiles of Communities of Color, on Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 7:00 PM. Click here to register.

RLMI Board of Directors publish paper in AJLM October 2020

“Lifestyle Medicine in the Midst of a Pandemic,” authored by RLMI Board of Directors, Susan M. Friedman, MD, MPH, Carol Hee Barnett, PhD, JD, and Ted D. Barnett, MD, was published in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. Here is an excerpt from the paper’s abstract:

“Patients with chronic conditions are at higher risk of complications and mortality if they get COVID-19. Approximately half of American adults have at least 1 condition that increases their risk of complications if they become infected. The medical and public health communities need to send a clear message about the impact of lifestyle on health, particularly in the time of this pandemic. We need to communicate with patients and the public, to let them know how rapidly major lifestyle changes can improve health. This communication is urgent; the timeline for self-care and lifestyle medicine interventions has been telescoped, so that chronic diseases are now acute risk factors.”

Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute is Committed to Fighting Systemic Racism

Rochester Lifestyle Medicine is dedicated to addressing the root causes of disease. Structural inequities and racism increase the risk of chronic illness, and social determinants of health have contributed to poor outcomes in communities of color. As medical providers and as human beings, we want to eradicate racism and the damage it causes. Our goal is to make lifestyle medicine and sustainable healthcare options available to all.

Dr. Michael Greger, creator of Nutritionfacts.org, to speak on weight loss at RLMI (virtually)

As part of the Lifestyle as Medicine Lecture Series, Dr. Michael Greger a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues will be RLMI’s guest speaker on Thursday, September 24, starting at 5:30 PM, on the Groundbreaking Science on Healthy, Permanent Weight Loss. Dr. Greger will conduct a live Q&A from 7:00 – 7:30 PM, all via Zoom. Click to register.