This month, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams authorized a discretionary $ 10,000 grant to support plant-based nutrition education at State University’s Downstate College of Medicine. of New York (SUNY). The funds will be used to establish the Food as Medicine Initiative, an additional program to the existing nutrition program. SUNY students will be offered online courses from eCornell and the Gaples Institute and registration for the program will begin this month.
Last year, SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University established the Committee on Plant-Based Health and Nutrition, a multidisciplinary effort of SUNY College of Medicine, the School of Public Health and the Office of the Borough President. of Brooklyn with the ultimate goal of helping communities, such as the residents of Central Brooklyn, who suffer from diet-related illnesses – including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity and some cancers – learn herbal nutrition as a form of medicine.
âDiabetes and cardiovascular disease are very prevalent in our communities, and plant-based nutrition is a powerful tool for prevention and treatment,â said Elizabeth P. Helzner, PhD, MS, associate professor and interim chair of SUNY Downstate Epidemiology and Biostatistics. âWe are delighted to share this excellent educational content with our medical and public health students. ”
Healing New York with Plant-Based Nutrition
This grant from the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office is a continuation of Adams’ personal herbal journey. Before going vegan in 2016, Adams struggled with debilitating illnesses, including type 2 diabetes, which caused him to partially lose sight and mobility and receive a prognosis from his doctor that he would likely lose fingers. and toes due to nerve damage. After removing animal products from his diet, Adams’s health quickly improved. Now Adams is supporting herbal education for medical professionals to save other New Yorkers from food-related illnesses.
âMy personal health journey to conquer type 2 diabetes has taught me the importance of healthy eating. During this time, I have also learned that few medical practitioners realize that food can be medicine, and that students in training for the medical profession often receive little or no nutrition education, âAdams said. “We believe the Food as Medicine Initiative will change the paradigm, ensuring that future doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals are armed with the knowledge about the benefits of plant-based diets, so they can treat more effectively patients with certain chronic diseases. diseases and encourage them to adopt a healthier lifestyle.
This initiative is one of many implemented by Adams throughout his career as president of the Brooklyn Borough. In addition to helping put plant-based meals on the menu at 1,200 New York City schools, in 2018 Adams led the $ 400,000 Plant-Based Lifestyle Medicine Program in the NYC Medical System. Health + Hospitals / Bellevue which focused on providing whole foods, plants – nutrition and lifestyle advice to critically ill patients.
Could NYC have its first vegan mayor?
In November 2020, Adams officially announced his candidacy for mayor of New York. Adams is running against notable candidates including former New York Department of Sanitation commissioner Kathryn Garcia and former presidential candidate Andrew Yang.
Ahead of the approaching June 22 primary, Adams has consistently led public polls, two of which were taken last week. A Fontas / Core Decision poll put Adams five points ahead of Garcia with 18% of the vote, while a WPIX / Emerson poll had Adams and Garcia statistically tied for the lead. If elected on November 2, 2021, Adams would become New York’s first vegan mayor.
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