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Our 26th year!


KICKSTART YOUR HEALTH ROCHESTER 2016 IS COMING TO TOWN!
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Our 6-week accredited plant-based nutrition course is being offered for the ninth time!

It starts on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at Highland Hospital!

Click here to be taken to the information and registration page on the Rochester Lifestyle Medicine website.

5% discount if you enroll before March 10, 2016.

We are now the Rochester Area Vegan Society!

In Celebration of our 25th anniversary, we changed our name from the Rochester Area Vegetarian Society to the Rochester Area Vegan Society! Since its founding in the fall of 1989, all of RAVS’s events, projects, publications, and recommendations—as well as all the food served at its meetings—have been completely vegan. It just took 25 years for its name to catch up. RAVS has always intended to convey that the reasons not to eat meat, poultry and fish—concern for human health, for the lives of animals, and for the sustainability of the planet—argue just as strongly not to eat eggs, milk, cheese, or any other animal products. For all of these years, the group has kept its name in the belief that it is more welcoming to those who have not made the decision to be vegan. But in point of fact, RAVS welcomes everyone—meat eaters, vegetarians, and vegans alike—to contact us, to join the group, and to attend any of its events. By changing its name, RAVS makes the unequivocal statement that its goal is to promote a vegan diet and way of life, and its mission is to bring that message to everyone.

PlantPure Nation was shown at the Rochester Academy of Medicine on Sunday, September 27, 2015.

Over 450 people came to the two showings!

Thank you to all who came!

To Join the Rochester PlantPure Pod, please click here.


KICKSTART YOUR HEALTH ROCHESTER EVENTS SPRING 2016:

Free events are preceded by an asterisk.* Please register for free events at KickstartYourHealthRochester.org, unless otherwise indicated. For those without computer access, call (585) 234-8750 to register.

April 6 – April 27, 2016 (four Wednesdays) 5:30 – 7:30 PM  Seeds of Change plant-based cooking and meal planning class. Taught by Joy Valvano, RD at Unity at Ridgeway, 2655 Ridgeway Ave. Go to unityhealth.org or call (585) 368-6542 to register.

*April 10, 2016 (Sunday) 2:00 – 3:30 PM  Preventing and Reversing Diabetes with Diet with Dr. Neal Barnard at New Bethel CME Church, 270 Scio St., Rochester NY 14605. Free and open to the public.Register at KickstartYourHealthRochester.org

April 11, 2016 (Monday) Dr. Neal Barnard speaks on The New Nutritional Approach to Type 2 Diabetes at the Rochester Academy of Medicine, 1441 East Avenue, 4:30 PM and 7:30 PM. Tickets at roclifemed.com. Dinner option at 6:00 PM; optional book purchase.

*April 12, 2016 (Tuesday) 7:30 AM! Grand Rounds at Highland Hospital with Dr. Neal Barnard. Topic is Diet and Brain Health. Free and open to the public; no need to register.

April 13 – May 11, 2016 (5 Wednesdays) 7-8:30 PM except the last class, which is 6-7:30 PM  Lifestyle Medicine and Nutrition—Transitioning to a Whole Food, Plant-Based Diet using the 4Leaf Program. Held at Thompson Hospital, 350 Parrish St., Canandaigua, 14424. Taught by Kerry Graff, MD and Linda Rowsick, RD. $100 for the 5 class series.  Call (585) 396-6111 to register.

April 16 (Saturday) 8:30 AM – 4 PM Cooking with Docs: Diet and Cancer at the NY Wine and Culinary Center. $285 per person, $260 per person family rate. Register by emailing nutritioninmedicine@urmc.rochester.edu or calling (585) 794-8746.

*April 17, 2016 (Sunday) 2:00 PM  Screening of the film “Forks Over Knives” at the Rochester Academy of Medicine, 1441 East Ave. This ground-breaking film will inspire and support you in a plant-based lifestyle. Followed by a panel discussion of area physicians Dr. Ted Barnett, Dr. Thomas Campbell, and Dr. Kerry Graff. Free admission; Register at KickstartYourHealthRochester.org

April 19, 2016 – May 24, 2016 (Six Tuesdays)  6:15 – 8:30 PM A Plant-Based Diet: Eating for Happiness and Health with Ted D. Barnett, M.D. at Highland Hospital. Geared to general public; also available for continuing education credit for physicians and other health care professionals.  Vegan recipes and food samples. Register at roclifemed.com

*April 23 (Saturday) 2:00-3:00 PM A Talk by Dr. Tom Campbell, author of The Campbell Plan and co-author of The China Study. Lori’s Natural Foods, 900 Jefferson Rd. Greenhouse Conference area. Free but please register customerservice@lorisnatural.com or 424-2323.

*April 25 – May 16, 2016 (four Mondays) 6:30 – 8:00 PM  A series of four plant-based nutrition and cooking classes taught by Sandy Baker at the Rochester Academy of Medicine, 1441 East Ave. Classes are free; please register at KickstartYourHealthRochester.org

April 25, 2016 (Monday) Meeting of Oil-Free Vegan Group (Esselstyn Rules**) Buckland Lodge, 1341 Westfall Rd. 6 PM Vegan Potluck;  7 PM Program. **Esselstyn rules=vegan with no added oil and no high-fat plant foods such as  avocado, coconut, olives, nuts, peanuts.

*April 26, 2016 (Tuesday) 7:30 AM! Grand Rounds at Highland Hospital with Dr. Thomas Campbell. Topic is “Diet or Exercise: Which is Better?” Free and open to the public; no need to register.

*May 1, 2016- May 21, 2016   21-Day Vegan Kickstart!  Register for this free, online program at KickstartYourHealthRochester.org

*May 1, 2016 (Sunday) 8:30 AM Grocery Store Tour with Joy Valvano, RD at Wegmans Pittsford Plaza; register at KickstartYourHealthRochester.org

May 5, 2016 (Thursday) 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM  Eating for Health.  Educational session and whole food plant-based food sampling at the NY Wine and Culinary Center, 800 South Main St., Canandaigua, NY 14424. Presented by Kerry Graff, MD, Linda Rowsick, RD, and Chef Jeffory McLean.  Cost to be determined.  Call (585) 396-6111 to register.

*May 7, 2016 (Saturday) 10 AM – 12 Noon   Rochester Area Vegan Society culinary whiz Scott Wagner will be the Guest Chef at the Flavors of the Market Program, Rochester Public Market. Free food samples and recipes!

May 10, 2016 (Tuesday) 6 – 8:30 PM Food Prescription  Educational session about discussing diet with patients; a whole food, plant-based meal is provided. At the NY Wine and Culinary Center, 800 South Main St., Canandaigua, 14424. Presented by Kerry Graff, MD, Linda Rowsick, RD, and Jeffory McLean. Class limited to UR/Thompson Health medical providers. Cost TBD. Register at 585-396-6111.

May 10, 2016 (Tuesday) 6:45 PM- 9 PM Vegan Cooking with Sandy Baker at Gates-Chili HS. Register with Gates Chili Continuing Ed.

May 12, 2016 (Thursday) 1:00 – 3:00 PM Eating for Health.  Learn kitchen skills in the Hands On Kitchen to make healthy cooking a joy, not a chore!  Held at the New York Wine and Culinary Center, 800 South Main St., Canandaigua, 14424.   Presented by Kerry Graff, MD, Linda Rowsick, RD, and Chef Jeffory McLean.  Cost to be determined.  Call (585) 396-6111 to register.

May 14, 2016 (Saturday) 12 -1:30 PM Lunch with Docs, topic TBD  St. Anne Church Social Hall, 1600 Mt. Hope Ave. $15 per person includes lunch. Register at urnutritioninmedicine.com

May 15, 2016 (Sunday)  Mary Lawrence, author of Easy Peasy Vegan Eats speaks at meeting of Rochester Area Vegan Society. Brighton Town Park Lodge, 777 Westfall Rd. 5:30 PM Vegan Potluck Dinner, 7PM Program. Non-members welcome (bring vegan dish+$3fee)

May 17, 2016 (Tuesday) 6 – 8:30 PM  (This class will be repeated at the same time and place on May 24.) Food Prescription  Learn about educational resources for eating healthy while honing your kitchen skills in the Hands On Kitchen. Held at the New York Wine and Culinary Center, 800 South Main St., Canandaigua, 14424.  Presented by Kerry Graff, MD, Linda Rowsick, RD, and Chef Jeffory McLean. Class is limited to UR/Thompson Health medical providers .  Cost to be determined.   Call 585-396-6111 to register.

May 19, 2016 (Thursday) 1- 3 PM Eating for Health. (Repeat of the class on May 12)  Learn kitchen skills in the Hands On Kitchen to make healthy cooking a joy, not a chore! Held at the New York Wine and Culinary Center, 800 South Main St., Canandaigua, 14424.   Presented by Kerry Graff, MD, Linda Rowsick, RD, and Chef Jeffory McLean.  Cost to be determined.  Call 585-396-6111 to register.

*May 23, 2016 (Monday) 6:00 – 7:30 PM After Party at Vive Bistro and Bakery, 130 East Ave. Register KickstartYourHealthRochester.org

May 28, 2016 (Saturday) 10:00 AM -12:30 PM  Vegetarian/Vegan cooking class. Held at the New York Wine and Culinary Center, 800 South Main St., Canandaigua, NY 14424. $60 per person. Register online at www.nywcc.com.

May 31, 2016 (Tuesday) Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn speaks on Reversing Heart Disease with Lifestyle Changes at the Rochester Academy of Medicine, 1441 East Avenue, 4:30 PM and 7:30 PM. Tickets at roclifemed.com. Dinner option at 6:00 PM; optional book purchase.

For more information on plant-based diet and plant-based health practitioners in the Rochester area, visit pcrm.org; kickstartyourhealthrochester.org; rochesterveg.org; roclifemed.com; and urnutritioninmedicine.comMay 1, 2016- May 21, 2016   21-Day Vegan Kickstart Visit pcrm.org  or 21daykickstart.org for information on how to sign up for this free program!

May 7, 2016 (Saturday) 10 AM – 12 Noon   Rochester Area Vegan Society culinary whiz Scott Wagner will be the Guest Chef at the Flavors of the Market Program, Rochester Public Market. Free food samples and recipes!

May 10, 2016 (Tuesday) 6:45 PM- 9:00 PM Vegan Cooking with Sandy Baker, at Gates-Chili High School. Register with Gates Chili Continuing Education.

May 15, 2016 (Sunday) Overcome the Sugar Blues (and other Cravings) with Maribeth Abrams, Assoc. Editor, Vegetarian Voice. Brighton Town Park Lodge, 777 Westfall Rd. 5:30 PM Vegan Potluck Dinner, 7:00 PM Program

May 31, 2016 (Tuesday) Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn speaks on Reversing Heart Disease with Lifestyle Changes at the Rochester Academy of Medicine, 1441 East Avenue, 4:30 PM and 7:30 PM. Dinner option at 6:00 PM; optional book purchase, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease. Registration on this website.

For more information on plant-based diet and plant-based health practitioners in the Rochester area, visit pcrm.orgroclifemed.comkickstartyourhealthrochester.org/ and urmc.rochester.edu/nutrition-in-medicine


ATTEND A MEETING!

Our regular monthly meetings are on the third Sunday of the month at the Brighton Town Park Lodge, 777 Westfall Rd. Rochester, NY. The dates and locations occasionally change so always check our newsletter or the online calendar.
RAVS Rules for Share-A-Dish Meals: All dishes must be completely vegan. They may not contain any meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy products, or honey. Gelatin is a meat by-product. Please watch out for hidden dairy products, such as whey and casein or caseinate. Please prepare a 4×6 card with the name of the dish and all ingredients. Prepare enough to serve eight people. Please bring your own serving dishes and utensils, as well as your own dishes to eat from. The guest fee is $3.00, which can be applied towards your membership if you join the same night. If you are interested in learning more about membership, click here.

CLASSES AND SUPPORT GROUPS IN ROCHESTER

“A Plant-Based Diet: Eating for Happiness and Health.” Given by Ted D. Barnett, MD; includes food samples and recipes. Six weeks, 2 hours a week. Last given in the fall of 2015 at RGH. Eligible for continuing education credit for health professionals through U of R. For more information visit our Events page or click here. The next course will be given at Highland Hospital on six Tuesdays from 6:15 pm to 8:30 pm starting on April 19, 2016. CHIP (Complete Health Improvement Program). Started in Loma Linda, CA (one of the world’s “Blue Zones”), this is new to the Rochester area and is directed by RAVS’s own Ted D. Barnett, MD. The year-long CHIP Revolution program starts with eighteen video-based classes taken over nine to twelve weeks. Each sessions is followed by a facilitator-led discussion. Over the course of the year, there are 6 personal sessions with a medical provider. Blood is drawn 6 times during the year to assess lab changes. There will be monthly ClubCHIP sessions for the remainder of the year. For more information and to register click here. UR Program for Nutrition in Medicine. Offers 8-week, twice-weekly Lifestyle Intensive program taught by Thomas Campbell, MD and Erin Campbell, MD, MPH, which includes medical monitoring, catered meals and cooking classes. May be eligible in future for reimbursement under health insurance. Other programs include individual consultations; full-service Immersion Program; and Lunch with Docs seminar open to general public for modest fee. “UR Nutrition in Medicine.” “Seeds of Change” Lowfat vegan cooking class; Unity Diabetes Center. Call (585) 368-4560 or click here. Oil-Free Vegan Group: Bi-monthly (every two months) meeting of Rochester Area Vegan Society. Oil-free (Esselstyn-style) vegan potluck followed by informational program with Q & A and discussion. Details on our Events page.

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TAKE THE COURSE!

“A Plant-Based Diet: Eating for Happiness and Health”

Learn about the history of the dietary recommendations and why what most people think about nutrition is wrong. Learn how to thrive on a whole-food plant-based diet. For more information, visit our Education page.
Our 6-week plant-based nutrition course will be given again for the ninth time on six Tuesdays from April 19 to May 24, 2016.

Where: Roberson Room at Highland Hospital, 1000 South Avenue, Rochester, NY.

When: 6 Tuesdays from April 19 to May 24, 2016.

12 hours of credit is again available for doctors and other health care professionals.

This will be the 9th time we have given the course.

Over 365 people have attended the previous 8 courses!


Founded in 1989, RAVS is a non-profit, non-sectarian educational organization dedicated to promoting human health and happiness, as well as to promoting the health of the planet and all non-human animals through the adoption of a vegan diet and lifestyle.

A Vegan Diet:

What is it, and Why? If you are not a vegetarian or a member of the Rochester Area Vegan Society (RAVS), this column is for you. Here are some of the basics. A vegetarian is someone who eats no animal flesh: no meat, poultry or fish. A vegan is a vegetarian who goes further and eats no animal products at all: no eggs, cheese, milk, or honey. RAVS recommends a vegan diet as the optimal diet. What are the reasons to go vegan? It comes down to these: for your health, for the animals, and for the planet. Every day there are new findings that a plant-based diet is best for health. The standard American diet (SAD), which revolves around meat and animal products, results in poor health for people, suffering for animals, waste of resources, and devastation for the environment. But changing your diet can be hard, and people who want to change often need help. If you want to move in this direction, RAVS can help you. We are here to provide information and support. You do not need to be a vegetarian or vegan to give us a call, to attend our meetings, or to join our group. You do not need to be a member, either, to attend our meetings; guests are always welcome, and you don’t need to reserve beforehand. You only need to follow our “vegan rule” for our share-a-dish meetings (see box on this page), and there is a $3 guest fee for non-members. Come to a meeting, you will find us helpful and welcoming.

We provide:

Educational resources for informing the public about the advantages of a vegan life-style. Nutritional information, including recipes, that will support and facilitate the adoption and healthful enjoyment of a vegan diet. Insight into the impact of animal-centered diets on human health, on the integrity of our environment, on world hunger, and on cruelty needlessly inflicted on billions of living, feeling, creatures every year. An opportunity for interested not-yet-vegans to learn first-hand about the delights of good vegan cooking and to get to know and interact with experienced vegans. An opportunity for enriched understanding, mutual support, and shared fellowship for practicing vegans. We provide opportunities for community outreach and community service in the interest of good health, environmental protection, and compassionate living.

Our activities:

RAVS meets once a month, usually on the third Sunday. Most meetings offer a SHARE-A-DISH DINNER of completely vegan foods, and we regularly present stimulating and informative programs. Our programs have featured distinguished nutrition experts, health-care professionals, panels of creative vegan cooks, discussion forums on ethical issues, book reviews, and films. RAVS publishes a quarterly newsletter, The Vegan Advocate, with updates on our activities, recipes, discounts, articles on nutrition, health and the environment, as well as on issues of compassion and respect for living creatures. We report on restaurant dining in our area, and on sources of vegan food. We also sponsor educational programs and participate in many outreach programs. RAVS welcomes everyone to membership, whether or not they have adopted a vegan lifestyle. Attending our meetings does not require  you to be a member. We encourage all who are interested to share in our group’s activities, and to support the objectives and philosophy of the Society.


RAVS is supported by members’ dues and donations.

We accept no advertising or commercial support.


Become a member!

RAVS membership is open to all members of the community. It is not necessary to be vegetarian or vegan to come to our meetings or join our society.
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