RLMI News and Events

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.

Watch the webinar below.

Want to learn more? Visit our Calendar of Events here.

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.

Want to learn more? Watch the video below. Visit our Youtube channel to watch all of our webinars and videos, and visit our Jumpstart page.

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.

Watch the RLMI Healthy Immune Function Introduction below.

Want to learn more? Visit our Calendar of Events here.

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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The June 2021 Jumpstart Info Session is Available for Viewing

Thinking about taking RLMI’s 15-Day Whole-Food Plant-Based Jumpstart? Want to lose weight, lower your cholesterol, reverse diabetes, increase your energy, improve your sleep and/or reduce your medications?  Watch the Jumpstart Info Session, recorded June 23, 2021.

Dr. Ted Barnett and a team of RLMI facilitators leads a discussion on what the Jumpstart is, why it works, and how to participate. Several recent Jumpstart participants share their stories, favorite cookbooks, and medical results from their Jumpstart experience.

RLMI’s evidence-based medically supervised small group Jumpstart program is available globally and provides the information and support you need to achieve positive health results and reduce or reverse chronic conditions.

Watch the Jumpstart Info Session below.

Want to learn more? Visit our Calendar of Events here.

Podcaster Jim Moore features Dr. Ted Barnett on UK’s Bloody Vegans

Dr. Ted Barnett was the featured guest on the UK’s Bloody Vegans podcast. Jim Moore hosts this video podcast for vegans and the vegan-curious, featuring different fellow plant-based speakers in each episode. Guests tell and share interesting, real-life stories. Jim and Ted run all the bases on this fun and enlightening podcast. Recorded Friday, June 25, 2021. Tune in here for the link.

Want to learn more about RLMI and see more free webinars? Visit our calendar of events.

Main Street Vegan Features Dr. Ted Barnett

Ted Barnett, MD, founder of Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute was the featured guest speaker on Victoria Moran’s Main Street Vegan™ EP436 podcast entitled The Democratization of the Whole Food Plant-Based Lifestyle on Thursday, June 17, 2021 on Unity Online Radio. Victoria features vegan guests and vegan headlines and espouses going vegan for the planet, animals and your health!

Click here to listen.

Want to learn more? Visit our Calendar of Events here.

Welcome to Lifestyle Medicine Week 2021

Welcome to the first day of Lifestyle Medicine Week 2021!

The mission of Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute is to establish Lifestyle Medicine, especially the adoption of Whole-Food Plant-Based (WFPB) nutrition, as the foundation for health and the healthcare system.

As you can see from this graphic, Lifestyle Medicine is critical for preventing the most common and costly chronic conditions afflicting our citizens. Learn more about Lifestyle Medicine Week.

LM Week 2021

LM Week 2021


Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute is proud to support the critical work of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM). ACLM recognizes six pillars of Lifestyle Medicine: the use of a whole food, plant-predominant dietary lifestyle; regular physical activity; restorative sleep; stress management; avoidance of risky substances; and positive social connection. As you can see from our Wellness Wheel, we have added 3 pillars of our own: spending time outdoors, seeking purpose, and finding joy.

Stay well and have fun!

Ted D. Barnett, MD, FACLM
Partner, Borg and Ide Imaging
Board Member, American College of Lifestyle Medicine
Founder and CEO, Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Group
Founding President, Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute
Wellness Wheel
New RLMI paper on Jumpstart published in the AJLM

New RLMI paper on Jumpstart published in the AJLM

“Jumpstarting Health with a 15-Day Whole-Food Plant-Based Program” was published in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine on April 8, 2021 by Dr. Susan Friedman, MD, MPH, Dr. Ted Barnett, MD, FACLM, Carol Hee Barnett, PhD, JD., Robert Franki, MA, Bruce Pollock, MBA and Beth Garver Beha, MS, CAS.


The 15-Day Jumpstart was developed as an evidence-based, affordable, standardized, replicable and scalable program, designed to demonstrate quickly to patients that changing what they eat can improve their health.  The program was designed using the principles of the Self-Determination Theory of motivation and personality.  Patients were instructed to eat an Esselstyn-compliant, whole-food plant-based (WFPB) diet consisting of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes.  Of the 389 participants in the program from September 2018 – February 2020, average weight loss was 5.8 pounds (7.3 for those whose BMI was > 30), average systolic blood pressure drop was 6.8 points (16.8 points for those with systolic blood pressure > 140), average drop in cholesterol was 26 points (44 points for those with a cholesterol > 200), average drop in LDL was 19 points (33 points for those with an LDL > 100), and average drop in fasting blood sugar was 5.1 points (28.4 points for those starting in the diabetic range); p-value was <0.005 for fasting blood sugar and < 0.001 for all other comparisons.  A 15-day program that helps patients adopt an Esselstyn-style WFPB diet, through education, individualized medical feedback, social support, and facilitated small group work, rapidly improves health.

This paper can be viewed here.

RLMI Board of Directors publish paper on Covid in AJLM

“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.”

To read the full paper, visit: Lifestyle Medicine in the Midst of a Pandemic.


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