It's Time to Take Action

Discover how food impacts the health of our bodies, our communities, and our planet


A Series of Six Inspiring Workshops, Oct 13th–Nov 17th


Plant Forward is a Series of Virtual Interactive Workshops

All proceeds fund the CNS Community Grants program.

Education

Learn how inspiring, successful community groups are creating communities of health through food.

Access

Strategize with innovative urban and rural groups who are increasing access to healthy, affordable food.

Equity

Network with community leaders around the world who are promoting sustainable, equitable food systems.

Food Promotes Total Health

Did you know?

Diet is the number one cause of chronic disease and death worldwide. In just two hours after eating an animal-based meal, arteries can constrict by 40 percent.

A whole food, plant-based (WFPB) diet can immediately improve blood flow, and lower cholesterol and blood pressure within days.

Peasant farmers produce about 70% of the world's available food, and 82% of starving children live in countries where food is fed to animals in order to meet western demand.

How will we feed ourselves in uncertain times, and create a food system that is based on justice and equality?

Dietary changes are the number one way to reduce environmental impact, including greenhouse gases, global acidification, eutrophication, land use, and water use.

How can we inspire and support families and friends to adopt plant-based diets?

Diet is the number one cause of chronic disease and death worldwide. In just two hours after eating an animal-based meal, arteries can constrict by 40 percent.

A whole food, plant-based (WFPB) diet can immediately improve blood flow, and lower cholesterol and blood pressure within days.

Peasant farmers produce about 70% of the world's available food, and 82% of starving children live in countries where food is fed to animals in order to meet western demand.

How will we feed ourselves in uncertain times, and create a food system that is based on justice and equality?

Dietary changes are the number one way to reduce environmental impact, including greenhouse gases, global acidification, eutrophication, land use, and water use.

How can we inspire and support families and friends to adopt plant-based diets?

Join Change-Makers from Around the World

Alyshia Gálvez

Alyshia Gálvez

Author and Professor

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Andrew Kimbrell

Andrew Kimbrell

Lawyer

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Walter Vermeulen

Walter Vermeulen

Doctor

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Varun Ponmudi

Varun Ponmudi

Medical Engineer

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Nancy Kadenyi

Nancy Kadenyi

Educator

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Valentina Benavides

Valentina Benavides

Filmmaker

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Karen Washington

Karen Washington

Activist/Farmer

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Toni Zanella

Toni Zanella

Educator

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Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW)

Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW)

Farmworkers

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Angela Dennison

Angela Dennison

Program Manager and Oncology Dietician

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Ted Barnett (aka Dr. Veggie)

Ted Barnett (aka Dr. Veggie)

Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute Founder

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Lianna Levine Reisner

Lianna Levine Reisner

Plant Powered Influencer and PlantPure Pod Leader

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Chandler Rosenberg

Chandler Rosenberg

Community Advocate

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Josh Wayne

Josh Wayne

Public Health Social Worker

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Lynn Fredericks

Lynn Fredericks

FamilyCook Productions Founder

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Nelson Campbell

Nelson Campbell

PlantPure Communities Founder

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Nicholas Smaligo

Nicholas Smaligo

Community Organizer and Author

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Ann Aust

Ann Aust

Professor and Gardening Advocate

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Jefferson Mecham

Jefferson Mecham

Forester and Ecologist

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Jesse Barrett

Jesse Barrett

Food Production Specialist

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Kamyar Enshayan

Kamyar Enshayan

Professor

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Roger Horne

Roger Horne

Urban GreenWorks Executive Director

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Reshma Shah

Reshma Shah

Pediatrician

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"And today, for the sake of community well-being and ecological health, the focus on food has never been more important, or more urgent."T. Colin Campbell, PhD

Agenda

October 13th
12:00 PM–2:00 PM, ET

Workshop I: The power of first hand experience. Let's learn how to do a jumpstart!

Innovative doctors, educators, and community leaders are sharing the health benefits of lifestyle change. Learn from their experiences, and gain the resources and strategies to do the same in your community.


October 20th
12:00 PM–2:00 PM, ET

Workshop II: How can we make a healthy lifestyle stick?

Champions of sustainable lifestyle change often utilize support groups and communal advocacy. Explore the creative ways they’re engaging with people in their communities, and gain resources and tips for how you can do the same.


October 27th
12:00 PM–2:00 PM, ET

Workshop III: Planetary health and the future of food.

Learn from Andrew Kimbrell, an internationally recognized public interest attorney, who has taken cases all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and learn how community groups are addressing what he describes as the eight essential elements required for a healthy food system.


November 3rd
12:00 PM–2:00 PM, ET

Workshop IV: Regaining control of our food system—Where do we begin?

Grassroots movements around the US are leveraging collective power to make the food system work for their communities. Where do we begin and how can you get involved?


November 10th
12:00 PM–2:00 PM, ET

Workshop V: Innovative ways to expand access to healthy, affordable food: part I.

Learn how to expand access to healthy, affordable food by engaging with on-the-ground groups. Learn their strategies and techniques so that you can implement this in your own community.


November 17th
12:00 PM–2:00 PM, ET

Workshop VI: Innovative ways to expand access to healthy, affordable food: part II.

Continue to learn how to expand access to healthy, affordable food by engaging with on-the-ground groups. Learn their strategies and techniques so that you can implement this in your own community.

What You'll Learn

  • Community Health - How to advocate for better health for your friends, family, and community
  • Nutrition & Sustainability - Strategies to help sustain lasting lifestyle change, including tips for meal prepping, creating support groups, and reconnecting with where your food comes from
  • Growing Food - Creative ways to engage with food—how to build vegetable beds, convert lawns into food forests, and make the most of hydroponic gardening systems
  • Food Sovereignty - What food justice means, why it’s important, and the actionable steps you can take today
  • Plant-Based in Practice - How successful organizations and individuals around the world have translated the science behind a WFPB diet into practice

Plant Forward 2021 Partners

Alliance for Fair Food
CIW
PlantPure Communities
Rodale Institute
UGW Global
Wellness House

A Message from LeAnne Campbell, PhD

President of the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies

LeAnne Campbell, CNS President
LeAnne Campbell, CNS President

The healing power of a whole food, plant-based diet is gaining more attention all the time. There are many events focused on just that. But physical health is only one aspect of health. When integrated within a sustainable food system, our food choices can heal our communities, societies, and ecosystems. And the most exciting thing is that these benefits feed on each other. By transforming ourselves, we transform our environment; by nurturing our environment, we nurture ourselves.

In these six workshops, you’ll explore strategies for achieving such wholistic transformation. You’ll explore what successful organizations and community changemakers have done, including:

  • Dr. Walter Vermuelen from Samoa, who is working in village after village to reverse up to 93% of chronic diseases.
  • The Vecino Victory Gardens from CA, who are confronting the consequences of wildfires and food shortages by building community gardens and teaching people how to create food forests in their own yards.
  • EchoGreen from rural Kenya, who’s reforesting and rehabilitating barren lands using indigenous land management strategies and agroforestry projects.
  • The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) from Florida, an internationally recognized human-rights organization made up of migrant farm workers that has taken on the largest food giants and won!

You’ll also have a chance to network, share and learn from each other. When you register for the workshop series, you’ll be invited to join our Plant Forward community. Here you’ll have access to resources, articles, videos, interviews, activities, and so much more.

So join us for this event, where you’ll come away with a greater appreciation for both your individual power and your collective potential. If you have questions or suggestions, please contact us.

In peace, health and happiness!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Six dynamic, two-hour workshops focused on how innovative groups are spreading optimal health, creating sustainable diet and lifestyle changes, regaining control of our food system, and improving access to healthy, affordable food.
  • Six resource packages, one from each workshop, containing articles, video links, and tips on how to achieve success. Our goal is to foster long-term sustainable change.
  • Membership into an exclusive community group where you’ll have the opportunity to engage, network and share with other like-minded individuals who are striving to meet similar goals.
  • And finally, a 20% discount off the CNS Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate, hosted through Cornell University -- a savings of $252!
100% of the proceeds from this event will go towards the CNS Community Grants program that funds food literacy, food access, and equitable and sustainable food systems projects around the world.
Unlike most online events, the Plant Forward Workshop Series is both interactive and educational. Our series of six workshops is designed to engage and inspire our attendees, with presentations at the beginning of each workshop, followed by live Q&As. We believe a focus on the strategies and ways to implement this within one’s own community will far outlast the workshops, as registrants return to their own parts of the world with the tools, materials, and knowledge to affect positive change for families, friends, and communities.
The CNS Community Grants program provides microgrants, up to $5,000 each, to empower sustainable food-based initiatives around the world. Microgrants are awarded to innovative community organizations that are either starting a new program or expanding on a successful, existing initiative. Our grants focus on three main areas: community education and food literacy; access to healthy, affordable food; and promoting sustainable and equitable food systems.
Absolutely. All workshop content will be archived and accessible to all attendees.
Yes, and the transcripts will include links to all of the referenced materials (studies, articles, books, etc.).
We will have an "Additional Resources" section for each speaker and workshop.
All sales are final. Please remember that all of the proceeds go to support our Community Grants program, and that you will become a member of our community as well, with all of its benefits.
Please click on the following link and follow the instructions to add Zoom to your device: https://zoom.us/download
If you don't receive and email after 15 minutes, please contact conference@nutritionstudies.org and provide the full name and email address that you registered with.
Registration will end at 11:45 AM, ET on October 13th.
As a special gift to our workshop series attendees, we are offering 20% off our highly-acclaimed Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate program. When you register for this workshop series, the discount code for the certificate program will be sent via your confirmation email message. Please allow up to 15 minutes for the email to arrive. To learn more about our Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate, please visit our website or call/text our Enrollment Specialist at 607-319-3209 with any questions.
You'll need to create a Plant Forward account to access speaker videos, recorded workshops, and resource guides. Go to https://plantforward.nutritionstudies.org/resources, click Change Password and follow the instructions to set your password, or follow along with a video tutorial. Please use the email you registered with to change your password and login.

Registration

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