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Press Release 2020

For Immediate Release (573 words)

National Conference Promotes Plant-based Nutrition to Prevent Disease

Recognized experts in medicine, nutrition and behavior change will gather between July 24 and 27, 2020 to share evidence on best practices to prevent chronic disease, at the7th annual national nonprofit Plant-based Prevention Of Disease (P-POD) Conference, held at Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, near Detroit’s international airport.  The P-POD nonprofit is committed to maintaining affordable registration costs, while never accepting any commercial funding, sponsorships or influence.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 90% of U.S. healthcare expenditures are attributed to chronic diseases, which account for 7 of the 10 leading causes of death.  60% of U.S. adults suffer from at least one of these chronic diseases, overall responsible for over 1,700,000 deaths in one recent year.  Yet, nearly all these Illnesses and their associated loss of life are preventable through dietary and lifestyle changes, which could save billions of dollars and improve quality of life immeasurably.  Plant-based whole foods have long been associated with improved biomarkers of health, and those following vegan or close-to-vegan diets show lower rates of nearly every chronic disease.

Healthcare providers can become the forefront of saving lives by promoting dietary changes, but many are unfamiliar with the substantial scientific data on disease prevention, and untrained in behavior change methods.  Nutrition has not usually even been part of U.S. medical school curricula.  The P-POD Conference brings together 36 distinguished speakers (shown at
https://www.preventionofdisease.org/speakers-2020) to discuss nutritional research and action against disease, via lectures and round tables.  The 18 continuing education credit hours available for most types of healthcare practitioners are described in detail at https://www.preventionofdisease.org/continuing-education-2020.  The conference is also recognized as qualifying experience by the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine.  The public is welcome, and sizable student discounts are available.

The 4th annual Denis Burkitt Memorial Lectures will be 3 presentations about “Resetting Paradigms of Medical Practice” by cardiologist Baxter Montgomery, MD FACC, American College of Lifestyle Medicine founding President John H. Kelly, Jr., MD MPH and lifestyle medicine visionary Saray Stancic, MD.  The annual Distinguished Researchers Series continues with Hana Kahleova, MD PhD, regarding diabetes reversal and beta cell regeneration, and by Stephen J. O'Keefe, MD(UK) MSc MRCS LRCP, regarding the gut microbiome and colon cancer prevention.  Clinical focus areas include chronic kidney disease, Alzheimer’s and dementia (with Dean Sherzai, MD PhD MPH and Ayesha Sherzai, MD MAS), and pediatrics.  As always, P-POD covers food justice and access issues, now with Milton Mills, MD and Lauren Ornelas, BA, and features 7 Registered Dietitian Nutritionists addressing diets and meal plans optimized for disease prevention, food addictions, nutrition’s role in mental health and depression, and avoidance of weight shaming/stigma.

Though the 18-educational-hour event spans 3 days, one special 4-hour program session, jointly sponsored with the Michigan nonprofit Plant Based Nutrition Support Group (PBNSG), may be attended separately by the public at extremely modest cost.  It features stellar speakers such as Kim A. Williams, Sr., MD MACC FASNC FAHA, Past President of the American College of Cardiology, Brenda Davis, RD and chef Nina Curtis, MBA, as well as keynoter Dr. Stancic and PBNSG’s own Paul Chatlin and Lisa Smith, MBA CPT.

Come hear why “the future of healthcare begins with nutrition”!  Details and online registration are always available at our website
http://www.p-pod.org.  Affordable walking-distance campus housing may also be booked there.  Vegan whole-food meals beginning Saturday evening are included with registration.  Non-commercial email inquiries:  info@p-pod.org.