A Plant-Based Diet: Eating for Happiness and Health (6-session course held @ MCMS)

Thursday, February 22, 2018 10:39 AM | Deleted user

All 6 sessions start on 3/5/2018 at Monroe County Medical Society. 


Click here to register: 

Over 620 Rochesterians have already taken this course which is being given for the 15th time!

When: 6 Monday evenings from March 5, 2018 through April 9, 2018
6:15 PM to 8:30 PM 

Where: Monroe County Medical Society, 132 Allens Creek Rd. Suite 100, Rochester, NY 14618


  • General public, Physicians in training, and clinicians not receiving credit: $150
  • Physicians and Dentists receiving credit: $300
  • Physician Members of MCMS receiving credit: $250
  • Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners and others receiving credit: $250
  • Students (MD, DO, RN, RD, PA, NP, DC, DPh etc.): $100

Professionals enrolled for credit will receive a link to download a certificate from the University of Rochester.

All other students will receive a certificate of completion from Rochester Lifestyle Medicine, PLLC.

All profits will go to the Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute.

Rationale: Our nation’s economy is being jeopardized by our expensive health care system which costs nearly twice as much per person as most other advanced nations. At the same time, our population is heavier and, in many ways, sicker than it as ever been. We rank approximately 30th among the nations of the world in expected longevity. Many health care professionals and members of the public have become interested in addressing these issues with simple and inexpensive lifestyle changes. This course is designed for them. 

Goal: Participants will learn the rationale behind eating a whole-food, plant-based diet. The power of lifestyle changes to prevent, arrest, and reverse our nation’s most expensive and devastating diseases—including obesity, diabetes, and heart disease—will be addressed. Participants will discover that a healthy plant-based diet is abundant as well as optimal for human health. They will learn how to nourish themselves, and their families and friends, with a diet free of animal products, and will be given advice on shopping for food, and eating at restaurants and social gatherings. They will be able to explain how this way of eating benefits their health, the future of the planet, the welfare of animals, and our nation’s prosperity and security. Physicians and other health care providers will learn how to empower their patients to take charge of their own health by moving as close as possible to a plant-based diet. 

Course Instructors: Ted D. Barnett, M.D. (primary instructor) with Carol H. Barnett, Ph.D., J.D. assisting. Dr. and Mrs. Barnett are Co-Coordinators of the Rochester Area Vegan Society (RAVS rochesterveg.org). As of January 2018, they and their three children (ages 30, 28, & 25) will have been vegan for 27 years. Dr. Barnett graduated from Yale College in 1976 and Tufts University School of Medicine in 1980. He received his board certifications in Diagnostic Imaging in 1984, and Vascular & Interventional Radiology in 1995. He has practiced in the Rochester area since 1986. 

Dr. Barnett is also the Founder and executive Medical Director of Rochester Lifestyle Medicine, PLLC and founder of Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute. 

Who should take this course: Physicians, dentists, nurses, chiropractors, PA’s, NP’s, RD’s, medical students, and members of the general public.

Should RLM's CHIP patients take this course? The principles taught in this course are completely compatible with CHIP. This course is more academic than CHIP and many people take both.

CLICK HERE to review the online resources for the course.

CLICK HERE for the current syllabus and course description.

ACCREDITATION: The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

CERTIFICATION: The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

No commercial funding was received to support this activity. 

Format: This is a 6-session course given over 6 weeks, with each class lasting 2 1⁄4 hours. Each class will consist of two entertaining multi-media lectures with a 15-minute break in between. During the break, there will be sampling of dishes prepared by Carol Barnett following recipes that are included with the handouts for that class. Although not a cooking demo, students can see and sample the dishes as prepared, and Carol will be happy to answer questions about ingredients, techniques, and variations on the recipes. There will be ample opportunity for Q&A. Attendees will receive printed materials and other handouts; they will also have access to many websites, resource lists, and recipe files to complement their learning. During the course, many important points will be repeated, and the key concepts of the course will be presented in every one of the classes. 

In addition to the weekly handouts, we highly recommend the following video and books: 

“Forks Over Knives” (DVD) as well as companion book and cookbook of the same name

Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., M.D.
Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes, Neal Barnard, M.D.
21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart, Neal Barnard, M.D. 

The Engine 2 Diet, Rip Esselstyn
The China Study, T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. and Thomas Campbell, MD
Whole, T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. with Howard Jacobson, Ph.D.

Power Foods for the Brain, Neal Barnard, M.D.

Defeating Diabetes, Brenda Davis, R.D. and Tom Barnard, M.D.

The McDougall Program, John McDougall, M.D. 

Supplemental reading: 

Younger Next Year, Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge, M.D. (Exercise and motivation)

Wherever You Go, There You Are, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. (Mindfulness and meditation)

The Pleasure Trap, Doug Lisle, Ph.D. (How modern culture tricks our paleolithic brain) 

All of the above titles are available in the Monroe County Library System, and also can be purchased from area bookstores or Amazon. We recommend any other titles by Dr. Barnard, Dr. McDougall, or Brenda Davis, RD (all of them have written several books). Rip Esselstyn’s book is an especially good practical guide to adopting a no- oil-added plant-based diet, with accessible recipes and even exercises you can do at home without special equipment.

If possible, attendees should measure and document their weight and blood pressure at the beginning and end of the 6-week period; we also urge attendees to have their cholesterol and blood sugar tested before starting the program and, again, at the end. If you are on medication for cholesterol, high blood pressure, or diabetes, your dosages may need to be adjusted. Please be prepared to discuss this with your doctor.

Refund policy: 100% of the tuition is refundable until 1 week before the course begins.

Missed classes: Missed classes can be made up by viewing the recorded videos which are posted online.

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