The month of April marks an important time for Rochester Clinic and their affiliate non-profit, Lotus Health Foundation. We will be hosting a Community of Wellness Celebration throughout the week of April 17-26th. Dr. Hans Diehl, the founder of the Lifestyle Medicine Institute and pioneer of lifestyle medicine, will be visiting Rochester MN and throughout his visit, he will be presenting at various locations and to various audiences. Some of these include presentations to the Mayo Clinic faculty and residents , the Rochester Rotary Club , University of Minnesota-Rochester , the Rochester 7th Day Adventist Church and Lourdes High School Students and Faculty . The goal is to bring the entire community together under the umbrella of lifestyle medicine. For more information on Dr. Diehl, follow this link: https://researchtoreality.cancer.gov/users/hdiehl
During this week, Rochester Clinic and Lotus Health Foundation will also be hosting a Celebration of Community Wellness Banquet to introduce lifestyle medicine to the community. This banquet will feature a whole food, plant based meal curated by Rochester Clinic’s very own family practice physician and gourmet chef, Dr. Harman. The program will feature talks by Dr. Diehl as well as Tony Buettner, Blue Zones national spokesperson, who will talk about benefits of living in a Blue Zone. For more information on Tony Buettner, visit this link: https://www.bluezones.com/services/speaking/blue-zones-speakers/ . Tickets are currently for sale and space is limited, so let us know if you would like to attend!
To wrap up this Community of Wellness Celebration, Rochester Clinic will be holding its 1st Annual Lifestyle Medicine Symposium. Dr. Diehl will be the keynote speaker, speaking on Whole Foods, Plant Based foods for Health, Ecology, Ethics and Planetary Survival. Other speakers will include Thomas Harman MD, Kayley Gamm RDN, LD, Jengyu Lai DPM and Jason Banks DPT.
So, mark your calendars for the week of April 17-26th and keep an eye out for updates on all the exciting plans we have available!
For more information on schedule of events, ticket prices for the banquet and registration for the symposium, please contact us here at Rochester Clinic via firstname.lastname@example.org or (507) 218-3095.
Healthcare costs in the U.S. are on the rise. It is estimated that 70-80% of healthcare costs are due to chronic disease, and the main reason for a trip to the doctor.
Exactly what is chronic disease and what can you do about it? Chronic diseases are conditions that cannot be prevented or cured by vaccinations or medications, nor do they go away on their own.
Common chronic diseases:
● Elevated cholesterol
● Type 2 diabetes
● Coronary heart disease
● High blood pressure
However, living significantly longer and increasing quality of life is a reality, even for those with these chronic diseases. Modifications in lifestyle will lessen and potentially eliminate chronic conditions, and therefore increase quality of life and reduce medical expenses. You have the power to take charge of your health. This is lifestyle medicine.
Lifestyle modifications include:
● Plant-based, whole food diet and nutrition
● Physical activity
● Stress reduction
● Family/social support network
For more information on Rochester Clinic, the services and programs we offer, please give us a call at
We are happy to answer your questions and get you on your way to a healthy life!
Whether you’ve fully adopted a plant-based diet or are simply dipping your toes in the water, there’s no doubt that wholesome food is at the center of one’s wellbeing.
Here we’ve rounded up five of our favorite cookbooks that are chock full of nourishing recipes and nutrition tips that are sure to assist in your healthy eating goals:
1. Forks Over Knives – The Cookbook
If you watched the Forks Over Knives documentary (read more about it here , along with the rest of our top documentary picks), you know what FOK is all about – the concept that degenerative diseases afflicting so much of the U.S. today can be controlled and even reversed by rejecting animal-based and processed foods. This cookbook features 300+ plant-based recipes which place fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes in the lime light.
2. The China Study Cookbook: Over 120 Whole Food, Plant-Based Recipes
This cookbook came to fruition thanks to The China Study; a book touting one of the most comprehensive nutrition studies ever conducted which reveals that a plant-based diet leads to optimal health and can halt or even reverse many diseases. The China Study Cookbook shares 120+ plant-based, nutrient-dense recipes that promote optimal health.
3. The PlantPure Nation Cookbook: The Official Companion Cookbook to the Breakthrough Film
PlantPure Nation, yet another noteworthy documentary created by the same producers as Forks Over Knives, provides this trusty companion cookbook boasting 150+ plant-centric recipes. It’s also filled with tips, tricks, and grocery lists for people interested in a whole food, plant-based diet.
4. Plant-Powered Families: Over 100 Kid-Tested, Whole-Foods Vegan Recipes
Inspire healthful, plant-based eating among the whole family with this must-have cookbook from Dreena Burton. From delicious school lunches to appetizing on-the-go snacks, this book supplies more than 100 kid-tested and approved recipes and serves as an excellent reference for parents raising young ones on a whole food, vegan diet.
5. Crazy Sexy Kitchen
Don’t let the risqué title of this one deter you. Author and cancer survivor Kris Carr attributes her triumph over cancer to her lifestyle changes, most especially her diet. After embracing a diet made up of whole, plant-based foods, she soon discovered the transformative power of nutrition and felt better than she ever had. This cookbook offers 150+ recipes that includes everything from fresh-pressed juices to delectable desserts.
Also recommended: Oh She Glows, Minimalist Baker, But I Could Never Go Vegan
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