Plant-Based Lifestyle Medicine: A Prescription for Health Care & Policy Change
Dr. Michelle McMacken will discuss the implementation of a plant-based lifestyle medicine program in the country’s largest safety-net hospital system, NYC Health + Hospitals. She will review the program’s vision, successes, and challenges and discuss its role in bringing evidence-based nutrition and lifestyle medicine to mainstream health care. Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams will share his experience reversing a Type II diabetes diagnosis that was so severe he began losing eyesight and experienced numbness in his hands and feet. After consulting a number of doctors across NYC, he discovered the power of a whole-food plant-based diet and lifestyle. A longtime public official first serving as an NYPD officer and later as a NY state senator and now as Brooklyn Borough President, he knows well the opportunity to make change through public service and policy advocacy. Following a discussion of his personal health journey, Eric will speak about how he has used his current role to make and advocate for systemic change across Brooklyn and NYC.
- Upon completion, participants will appreciate the critical need for lifestyle medicine approaches to preventing and treating chronic disease and will be able to describe key evidence supporting the use of plant-based nutrition for cardiometabolic risk reduction.
- Upon completion, participants will be able to describe how a whole-food plant-based diet can change a life and policy positions on approaches to public health and will be able to outline how systemic change happens on a hyper-local and citywide level.
- Upon completion, participants will be able to identify benefits, challenges, and growth opportunities for lifestyle medicine programs within traditional health care systems and identify how government can support the work of advocates in business, nonprofits, and among community members