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Kickstart Your Health: The Power of Plant-Based Nutrition

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Have you ever considered a plant-based diet to lose weight, improve your health, or because you’ve wanted to be kinder to our planet and the animals? Have you hesitated because you don’t know where to start or you wonder how you would get enough protein? Whether for health or environmental concerns, or just because you’d like to incorporate more whole foods and vegetables into your diet, you’ll want to join us for this class series. You’ll learn the latest in plant-based nutrition science, as well as how to select, prepare and cook tasty vegan foods while you concurrently “test-drive” this way of eating in a supportive class environment.

Family nurse practitioner, Susan Lavelle, will offer practical tips for getting started, provide updated information and discuss key nutrients and their impact on your health and longevity, as well as demonstrate how to cook a variety of delicious plant-based recipes at every class. You’ll see - it’s not as hard as you think! And, as a bonus, by the end of the class you’ll likely shed some unwanted pounds, reduce your cholesterol and blood pressure, stabilize your blood sugar, and boost your energy and mood. So come test-drive a plant- based diet and see how this approach can help you feel better and be more energetic than ever!

This is a Food for Life class, a community-based nutrition education program of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM).

The book by bestselling author, Neal D. Barnard, MD, “21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart: Boost Metabolism, Lower Cholesterol, and Dramatically Improve Your Health,” will be provided to class attendees.

A materials fee of $40 is payable to the instructor at the first class to cover food, handouts, the above book, and other materials and supplies.

Class Details

6 Sessions
Weekly - Tue

Aptos Main Campus

Susan Lavelle 



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Schedule Information

Skip dates: (No class on 09/24/2019)

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
9/3/2019 - 10/15/2019 Weekly - Tue 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Aptos, Aptos Main Campus  Map, Room: HW1119 Susan Lavelle