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700 Doctors, Health Professionals, Including the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Support Dietary Guidelines Message to Eat Less Meat, More Plants

Nashville, TN (PRWEB) May 26, 2015

Over 700 doctors, nutritionists, nurses, and public health professionals sent a letter to the secretaries of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services urging them to embrace the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s recommendations to eat less meat and more plants for human health, economic prosperity, and our nation’s food security.

Leaders in lifestyle and preventive medicine signed the letter, including: Dr. David Katz, founding director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center and president of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine; Dr. Walter Willet, chair of the department of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health; and Dr. Dean Ornish, Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.

In the letter, doctors and others “strongly endorse the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s recommendations to reduce consumption of animal foods and shift toward a more plant-based diet, both for the health of people and the planet.” The letter reaffirms the overwhelming scientific evidence for eating less meat and more plants clearly delineated by the committee.

One of the letter’s initial signers, Dr. David Katz, summarized why sustainability is important to nutrition: “If, in an age when we know that food and water shortages are clear and present dangers, we choose to ignore them in our dietary guidelines, then these are not dietary guidelines for Americans…They are, instead, dietary guidelines for the current generation of American adults, and at the obvious expense of all subsequent generations of American (and planetary) adults including of course, our children.”

Dr. Dean Ornish, known as the, “Father of Lifestyle Medicine,” and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco added: “What’s good for you is also good for our planet. Although heart disease and diabetes kill more people each year worldwide than all other diseases combined, these are completely preventable and even reversible for at least 95% of people today by changing diet and lifestyle. Federal dietary guidelines as recommended by the scientific advisory committee would play a vital role in moving more people toward this goal.”

The letter further highlights how “a shift toward more plant-based foods will save the nation billions of dollars in health care costs and is essential to our nation’s health and economic prosperity,” because “chronic, preventable diseases are estimated to account for 75 percent of all healthcare costs.” Also, “heavy meat consumption, especially red and processed meat, is associated with increased risks of heart disease, diabetes and some cancers, while plant-based diets are associated with decreased risks of all three.”

In its comment submitted to the federal government, the American Public Health Association, representing over 30,000 public health professionals commended the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee for, “setting a priority of sustainability as an important component of the 2015 federal dietary guidance.” APHA praised the quality of the science relied upon by the committee and noted the committee’s conclusions on sustainability “… are important given the high level of resources used as inputs for food production in the U.S. – including 50 percent of the total U.S. land area, 80 percent of the fresh water and 10 percent of the fossil energy – and the importance of these resources for future food security.”

The inclusion of sustainability in the Dietary Guidelines recommendations has sparked tremendous interest, with more than 29,000 comments submitted to USDA and HHS by the May 8 deadline. The agencies plan to review comments and finalize the 2015 guidelines by the end of the year.

About the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM):

ACLM is a professional association of physicians and clinicians dedicated to the advancement and practice of Lifestyle Medicine as the foundation of a transformed and sustainable healthcare system. Lifestyle Medicine is a branch of evidence-based medicine in which comprehensive lifestyle changes (including nutrition, physical activity, stress management, social support and environmental exposures) are used to help prevent, treat and even reverse the progression of many chronic diseases by addressing their underlying causes. Visit, and learn more about ACLM’s annual conference, Lifestyle Medicine 2015, set for November 1-4, 2015 in Nashville, TN at

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Natural Gourmet Institute Launches Certificate Programs in Writing for Food Media, Sustainable Meat, and Culinary Tours

New York, NY (PRWEB) October 16, 2014

Natural Gourmet Institute, the leader in health-supportive culinary education, is launching three new courses to add to their Certificate Program offerings: Writing for Food Media, Sustainable Meat and Culinary Tours.

Led by industry experts, these innovative programs are designed to give students the opportunity to enhance their education and gain expertise in numerous in-depth culinary topics.

“Since Dr. Annemarie Colbin founded the school in 1977, Natural Gourmet Institute has been pushing culinary boundaries” says CEO Anthony Fassio “with the launch of Certificate Programs, NGI is teaching students to look beyond basic culinary technique into how to integrate a holistic perspective of the food system into their culinary perspective.”

Led by Dawn Perry, Senior Food Editor at Bon Appétit, Writing for Food Media Certificate Program will teach students to develop concise, successful recipes appropriate for books, magazines and online media. During the 8-week course, students will write, develop and cook recipes to prepare them to be cross-tested, edited and photographed. In addition, students will hear from an impressive line-up of professional recipe editors, food stylists, and photographers, including Adam Rapoport, Editor-in-Chief at Bon Appétit and Mark Druckor, Restaurant Editor at Epicurious to learn what makes their jobs unique and what each looks for in a successful recipe. Tuesdays and Thursdays, February 26 – April 9, 2015 6:30 – 9:30pm.

Sustainable Meat Certificate Program students will learn the craft of ethical meat sourcing, butchery and fabrication. Offered in partnership with Dickson’s Farmstand Meats – one of New York City’s most sought after butcher shops – the course will provide students with a thorough understanding of grass-fed beef and pastured pork farming and butchery (including knife skills, whole animal breakdown, specialty cut preparation and charcuterie). The program will demonstrate how to raise animals with integrity, how animals fit into the ecology of the farm and the environment as a whole, how animal proteins fit into human health and diet, and teach respect through ethical handling and whole animal utilization. Farm Stay: March 19 – 20, 2015 Dickson’s Farmstand Meats: March 23 – 27; March 30 – April 1, 2015.

Culinary Tours Certificate Program: Led by seasoned culinary tour director and NGI’s Senior Director of the Chef’s Training Program, Chef Sue Baldassano, students will learn the fundamentals of one of the world’s most beloved cuisines on a six-day culinary tour of beautiful Oaxaca, Mexico. Throughout the trip, students will visit renowned restaurants and meet talented local cooks from whom you will learn traditional food preparation methods and recipes hands-on. The course will focus on classic dishes like tamales, mole sauces, corn, beans, tacos and much more. Students will also visit historical sites and meet local craftspeople – chocolatiers, weavers and knife-makers. Sunday, June 21, 2015 – Friday, June 26, 2015.


About Natural Gourmet Institute

Founded in 1977 by Annemarie Colbin, Ph.D., Natural Gourmet Institute (NGI) is the leader in health-supportive culinary education. Natural Gourmet Institute’s Chef’s Training Program is a comprehensive and professional program that trains students to meet the growing demand for culinary professionals who are able to make the connection between food and health. Natural Gourmet Institute also offers public intensives, hands-on instruction, demonstrations and lectures for the healthy cooking enthusiast. On Friday night, the school is transformed into an intimate dining room, where NGI’s Chef’s Training Program students and instructors prepare a three course vegetarian Friday Night Dinner that is innovative, delicious and beautifully presented.

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