The national nonprofit Plant-based Prevention Of Disease (P-POD) continuing education conferences are an evidence-based look at how plant-based eating patterns and allied lifestyle changes may reduce the risks of society’s major preventable diseases.
Plant-based Prevention Of Disease, Inc., known as “P-POD”, is incorporated as a North Carolina nonprofit corporation dedicated strictly to educational purposes, and recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt Section 501(c)(3) organization. P-POD serves the general public as well as providing accredited continuing education to practitioners and students in health-related professions. The annual national P-POD Conference is devoted to the advancement of public health in the U.S., via an evidence-based investigation of how society’s major chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes, may largely be prevented, and in many cases treated, via lifestyle changes among individuals and in communities.
P-POD conferences draw upon the scientific research literature and clinical experience in human nutrition, to identify protective mechanisms and health benefits that may be provided via plant-based dietary choices and allied lifestyle measures. P-POD also supports the work of health care practitioners by exploring how nutritional advisement may effectively be integrated into clinical medical practice, using strategies for sustainable behavior change among patients and community members. P-POD accepts no funding or influence from commercial sources, and is committed to maintaining affordable event admission fees so that a broad diverse spectrum of attendees may participate.
The organization's educational activities will serve the general public, all members of which are eligible to participate. Participants of any gender, sexual orientation, race, color, national origin and ethnic origin will always be welcomed.
P-POD wants all attendees to feel safe, welcome and comfortable. We intend to maintain a conference environment that is respectfulness-based and harassment-free, and to take appropriate responsive action if difficulties are brought to our attention.
Our major national nonprofit collaborators and supporters in our early years were: Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies (CNS) and Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group (VNDPG) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. We are deeply appreciative of special support provided by PCRM toward our 2017 conference, and by VNDPG's Speakers Bureau enabling various presenters at many conferences. We have gratefully welcomed other noncommercial co-sponsorships of our conferences: for 2015 through 2018, from Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine (DIFM) Dietetic Practice Group (of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics); for 2017, from the Section of Integrative Medicine and the Integrative Medicine Specialty Clinic at the University of New Mexico, and New Mexico Nurses Association; and for 2014, from the Department of Health and Wellness, University of North Carolina Asheville.
We predict that throughout the future our commercial-sponsorship-free 501(c)(3) nonprofit will draw 80% of needed funding from our affordable conference registration fees. Thus we’ll seek 20% of necessary funding via small grants from nonprofit sector organizations and small donations from individuals. We humbly appreciate small grants for our 2017 through 2022 conferences from Nalith, Inc., for our 2016, 2018 and 2019 conferences from VegFund, for our 2019 conference from Greenbaum Foundation, and for our 2016 conference from A Well-Fed World. We are also grateful for the remarkable generosity of individuals who, some anonymously, have donated to our work. Our scholarship program particularly depends upon donations, and would not exist without the timely contributions, during its infancy, from Nalith, Inc., CNS, Sara Murray and an anonymous foundation.
We have depended upon close coordination of our activities with the Navajo Nation in 2017, and with North Carolina Dietetic Association and its Western District in 2014. We have welcomed cross-promotional relationships with Oncology Nutrition DPG and Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN) DPG (of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics), in 2015 and 2016, and collaborations with Indians in Nutrition and Dietetics starting in 2017, and with Plant Based Nutrition Support Group (Michigan) in 2020. We also appreciated local assistance provided by Triangle Vegetarian Society, Durham and Weaver St. Co-op Markets, Asheville Vegan Society and French Broad Food Co-op, in earlier years. And, above all else, we could never have made our conferences a reality without the tireless efforts of large numbers of volunteers.
P-POD CPEU dietetics credits have always been approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, and for Continuing Medical Education (CME) purposes, our conferences were provided jointly by Plant-based Prevention Of Disease, Inc. and Mountain Area Health Education Center from 2014 to 2020. We are delighted that, beginning with 2021, CME for P-POD Conferences is certified by St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor. We are proud that our CME credits starting in 2018 have been approved by the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine as in-person-learning CME for their certifying examinations for Diplomate of the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine and Diplomate of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. We welcome the Continuing Nursing Education accreditation support of the Virginia Nurses Association beginning with 2019, following that previously from New Mexico Nurses Association. We were also pleased to accept for 2017 the collaboration of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) continuing education program.
As part of P-POD’s mission, we strive to use environmentally sound practices.
As a professional conference serving hundreds of attendees, we recognize that our greatest sources of waste are:
Paper and Printed Materials
We encourage our registrants to refer to our online agenda.
Printed agendas are available upon request; when possible our materials are printed on 100% recycled paper.
Food and Ware
We encourage attendees to bring their own thermoses or water bottles if possible. As the public health challenges of the pandemic- and post-pandemic era continue, we will strive diligently in collaboration with university caterers to avoid the preventable waste of disposable foodware.