Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute

RLMI is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization.

Our Grants

15-Day Whole-Food Plant-Based Jumpstart


Project Title: “Standardizing a Scalable 15-Day Jumpstart Program to Improve Health through Whole-Food, Plant-Based (WFPB) Nutrition”

Packaging Jumpstart

Awarded by Ardmore Institute of Health (AIH); $90,000; 4/1/19-3/31/20

PrincipaI Investigator (PI): Susan M. Friedman, MD, MPH


Project Title: “A Pilot Educational Project to Reduce Chronic Disease through Plant-Based Nutrition”

Lifestyle Medicine Culture Change: First Doctors, Then Patients

(Educating Clinicians in Plant-Based Diet, then Offering Jumpstart to their Patients)

Awarded by Accountable Health Partners, an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) in the Rochester, NY area; $48,000; 1/1/19-12/31/19

PI: Susan M. Friedman, MD, MPH


Project Title: “Safety and Efficacy of a Whole-Food Plant-Based Diet in the Management of Hypertension in Chronic Kidney Disease”

Whole-Food Plant-Based Research for Kidney Disease Patients using Jumpstart

Awarded by University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry; $40,000; 7/1/19-present (fulfillment of grant complicated by pandemic, and project is ongoing)

PI: Scott Liebman, MD, MPH


Project Title: “Jumpstart Scholarships for At-Risk/Underserved”

Offering Jumpstart to 33 persons who otherwise would be unable to participate

Awarded by T. Colin Campbell’s Center for Nutrition Studies; $4,917; 2/1/21-1/31/22

PI: Ted D. Barnett, MD


Project Title: “Jumpstart Scholarships for the Underserved”
Awarded by VegFund; 7/15/21; $10,000



Other RLMI Programs and Initiatives


Project Title: “Development of an Inpatient Lifestyle Medicine Consult Service”

Inpatient Lifestyle Medicine Consult Services

Awarded by Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine; $50,000; 7/1/19-6/30/20

PI: Susan M. Friedman, MD, MPH


Support for Plant-Based Programs and Research (unsolicited grant)

Awarded by Nutrition Facts; $5,000; 6/15/20


Project Title: “RLMI Online Social Media and Website Campaign”

Awarded by VegFund; 8/27/20; $5,000


Project Title: “Kitchen for Plant-Based Food Samples and Cooking Classes”

Awarded by VegFund; 5/4/20; $2,700


Google Ad Grant for online advertising of at least two campaigns

Awarded by Google; $10,000/month starting January 2021