Press Release 2016


National Conference Promotes Plant-based Nutrition to Prevent Disease  


Recognized experts in medicine, nutrition and behavior change gather to share evidence on the best practices to prevent disease this May 19-22 in Raleigh NC at the 3rd annual Plant-based Prevention Of Disease (P-POD) conference.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 7 of the 10 leading causes of death are chronic diseases, and half of American adults suffer from at least one.  86% of health care expenditures in the U.S. are related to chronic disease, and the economic burden of heart disease and stroke alone is over $300 billion a year.

Yet, many of these diseases are preventable through dietary and lifestyle changes.  Plant foods – vegetables, fruits, beans and whole grains – have long been associated with improved biomarkers of health, and those following a vegetarian diet have lower rates of nearly every chronic disease.  Changing the American diet could save millions of lives and billions of dollars, and could improve quality of life immeasurably.  Healthcare providers can be on the forefront of saving lives by promoting dietary changes, yet many are not familiar with the substantial scientific data on disease prevention, nor are they trained in behavior change methods.

The 3rd annual P-POD Conference brings together an unprecedented 31 expert speakers – with many decades of combined experience – to discuss the latest research on dietary change for preventing disease, via lectures and panel discussions.  Presenters include Caldwell B Esselstyn Jr., MD of Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, Robert Ostfeld, MD of Montefiore Einstein Cardiac Wellness Program, Kana Wu, MD PhD of Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Thomas M. Campbell II, MD of University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Cheryl Anderson, PhD of University of California San Diego School of Medicine, and Susan Levin, RDN of Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

As defined on our website, up to 25 hours of continuing education credits are available for a variety of professionals:  medical doctors, dietitians, nurses, nurse practitioners and many more.  P-POD is committed to affordable registration costs, and sizable student discounts are available.

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Plant-based Prevention Of Disease, Inc., known as P-POD, is a 501(c)(3) recognized nonprofit organization dedicated to evidence based educating about health promotion and plant-based nutrition.  P-POD accepts no commercial funding and works closely with these national nonprofit collaborators:  T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.


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