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Vegan Studies 101: Neal Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C., & Kathy Freston Host Plant-Based Nutrition Lecture
Dr. Neal Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C. and Kathy Freston
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   On Thursday, May 4, Santa Barbara residents will have the chance to sit in on Professor Renan Larue’s Introduction to Vegan Studies course at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), which will be taught by nutrition researcher Neal Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C., and wellness expert Kathy Freston. Dr. Barnard and Freston will discuss the health benefits of a plant-based vegan diet and attendees will have the option to sample the university’s plant-based dishes. Renan Larue, Ph.D., assistant professor of French literature and the founder of the vegan studies course at UCSB, hopes members of the community will attend. He is moving the evening talk to Harold Frank Hall, which can accommodate 200 people. At a time when rates for chronic disease, unseasonable temperatures, and questions surrounding ethics are at the forefront of national debates, students and members of the community will have a chance to learn about potential solutions and engage in a philosophical debate about all three.
   While Dr. Barnard and Freston specialize in personal health prescriptions, showing people how to test-drive and adopt a plant-based vegan diet to reach optimal health outcomes, they will address the public health benefits of building meals around what they call the new four food groups: vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes, or lentils, beans, and peas. A nutrient-packed, plant-based vegan diet is associated with a healthy body weight, lower blood pressure, stable blood sugar, and improvements in cholesterol. These changes result in a reduced risk for obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and even certain forms of cancer. More than 60 percent of adults in Santa Barbara County that responded to a recent survey struggle with excess weight. A poor diet, physical inactivity, and tobacco use contribute to chronic disease, specifically heart disease, stroke, cancer, lung disease, and type 2 diabetes. Chronic disease accounts for 50 percent of deaths nationwide and in Santa Barbara County.
   Event Category & Type:   Lecture ( Classes, Seminars, Conferences)

   Harold Frank Hall 1104, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA  93106

   Admission:  FREE to All
   Phone:  (202) 527-7342
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   This event is ..... Open to the Public

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