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A Plant-Based Diet: Eating for Happiness and Health (6-week course)

Unity Hospital Education Center

Unity Hospital, 1555 Long Pond Road, Rochester, NY 14626, USA

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Event Description

This popular 6-week course is being given for the 7th time. Over 275 students from the Rochester area have already attended, including Physicians, Dentists, NP's, RN's, PA's, and RD's.

IMPORTANT!  The purchase of the ticket for the first class grants admission to the entire course.

A Plant-Based Diet: Eating for Happiness and Health

Instructor: Ted D. Barnett, MD (with Carol H. Barnett, PhD, JD assisting)

When: Every Tuesday evening for 6 weeks, January 20 through February 24, 2015, 6:00 PM to 8:15 PM

Where: The Education Center at Unity Hospital, 1555 Long Pond Road, Greece, NY

Field Trips: Optional supermarket visits will be integrated into the course at modest additional cost

More information available at:

Click here for complete syllabus.

Goal: Participants will learn the rationale behind eating a whole-food, plant-based diet. The overwhelming power of lifestyle changes to prevent, arrest, and reverse our nation’s most expensive and devastating diseases—including obesity, diabetes, and heart disease—will be addressed. These points will be reinforced by reviewing the latest research from peer-reviewed journals.

Participants will discover that a plant-based diet is abundant as well as optimal for human health. They will learn how to nourish themselves, and their families and friends, with a healthy diet free of animal products. They will be given advice on shopping for food, and eating at restaurants and social gatherings. They will be able to explain how this way of eating benefits their health, the future of the planet, the welfare of animals, and our nation’s prosperity and security.

Physicians and other health care providers will learn how to empower their patients to take charge of their own health by moving as close as possible to a whole-food plant-based diet.

Course Instructors: Ted D. Barnett, M.D. (primary instructor) with Carol H. Barnett, Ph.D., J.D. assisting. Dr. and Mrs. Barnett are Co-Coordinators of the Rochester Area Vegan Society (RAVS). They and their three children (ages 27, 25, & 22) have been vegan for 24 years. Dr. Barnett graduated from Yale College in 1976 and Tufts University School of Medicine in 1980. He received his board certifications in Diagnostic Imaging in 1984 and Vascular & Interventional Radiology in 1995. He has practiced in the Rochester area since 1986.

Format: This is a 6-week course, with each session lasting 2¼ hours. Each class will consist of two entertaining multi-media lectures with a break in between. During the break, there will be sampling of dishes prepared by Carol Barnett following recipes included with the handouts for that class. Although not a cooking demo, students can see and sample the dishes as prepared, and Carol will be happy to answer questions about ingredients, techniques, and variations on the recipes. There will be ample opportunity for Q&A. Attendees will receive printed materials and other handouts; they will also have access to a wealth of websites, resource lists, and recipe files to complement their learning.

Food: For those who arrive at the classes directly from work (and for everyone else as well), there will be healthy vegan snacks provided on arrival as well as another food sampling during the break.

Accreditation: The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Certification: The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry designates this live activity for a maximum of 9.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Getting to the Education Center at Unity Hospital:

Unity Hospital has free parking. Park in lot D and enter the hospital through the Family Birthplace entrance which is open until 8 pm. Ask for directions to the Education Center which is on the main floor.

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Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 6:00 pm –  8:15 pm