2016 Press Release

National Conference Promotes Plant-based Nutrition to Prevent Disease  

Recognized experts in medicine, nutrition and behavior change gather to share evidence on the best practices to prevent disease this May 19-22 in Raleigh NC at the 3rd annual Plant-based Prevention Of Disease conference (P-POD).

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 7 of the 10 leading causes of death are chronic diseases, and half of American adults suffer from at least one.  86% of health care expenditures in the U.S. are related to chronic disease, and the economic burden of heart disease and stroke alone is over $300 billion a year.

Yet, many of these diseases are preventable with dietary and lifestyle changes.  Plant foods – vegetables, fruits, beans and whole grains – have long been associated with improved biomarkers of health, and those following a vegetarian diet have lower rates of nearly every chronic disease.  Changing the American diet could save millions of lives and billions of dollars, and could improve quality of life immeasurably.  Healthcare providers can be on the forefront of saving lives by promoting dietary changes, yet many are not familiar with the substantial scientific data on disease prevention, nor are they trained in behavior change methods.

The third annual P-POD Conference brings together an unprecedented 30 expert speakers – with many decades of combined experience – to discuss the latest research on dietary change for preventing disease, via lectures and panel discussions.  Presenters include Caldwell B Esselstyn Jr., MD of the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, Robert Ostfeld, MD of the Montefiore Einstein Cardiac Wellness Program and Kana Wu, MD PhD of the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.

As defined on our website, up to 25 hours of continuing education credits are available for a variety of professionals:  medical doctors, dietitians, nurses, nurse practitioners and many more.  P-POD is committed to affordable registration costs, and student discounts are available.  Early bird rates end March 23.

For more information, please see www.preventionofdisease.org or contact us at info@p-pod.org.
Plant-based Prevention Of Disease, Inc., known as P-POD, is a 501(c)(3) recognized nonprofit organization dedicated to evidence based educating about plant-based nutrition.  P-POD accepts no commercial funding and works closely with these national nonprofit collaborators:  T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.