Diet-related chronic diseases are major threats to Americans. Being overweight and obesity now affect the majority of the U.S. population, increasing the risk of diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease and taking a disproportionate toll on under-served populations. Health disparities can be defined as differences in health status among those in varying social or demographic categories, such as race, gender, or income. Illness can even be the cause of people falling into poverty.
However, improved lifestyle choices, especially dietary, need not be reserved for those in a particular income, social, gender, or racial demographic. Eating healthfully can be less expensive than diets fueled by seemingly inexpensive processed products, fast-food products, or nutrient-poor products. The savings can happen in the short term and certainly in the long term, measured not only by dollars but also in quality of life.
Each one-hour class features some discussion, a cooking demonstration, and the opportunity to taste healthful, plant-based dishes. Each recipe is designed to work for people on a budget who may also have minimal time or access to equipment. More importantly, each ingredient supports a low-fat, plant-based diet plan that has proven to prevent, manage, and in some cases reverse chronic diseases such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even some forms of cancer.
Class 1: The Power of Your Plate
The first class in this series will focus on general concepts behind healthful eating habits by providing the knowledge and resources for trying out a new way of eating. The Power Plate is a diagram that illustrates the essential food groups: vegetables, grains, legumes, and fruits. From these groups, participants will be able to think about different foods and meals they can eat to best promote their health and the health of their family.
Class 2: How Foods Fight Diabetes
The road to diabetes does not have to be a one-way street. There is reason for hope! People who eat plant-based meals are less likely to ever develop diabetes, and for those who have diabetes, plant-based meals can help to improve blood sugar levels, prevent complications and, in some cases, reverse the disease.
Class 3: Foods for a Healthy Weight
Eating plant-based is not a “diet” that leads to feeling hungry or deprived. Believe it or not, when you change the quality of your diet, you don’t need to think about counting calories or measuring portions. The focus is on quality not quantity!
Class 4: How Foods Fight Heart Disease
Certain diet patterns seem to have a major effect in helping people avoid heart disease, or if they already have heart disease, in reversing it. It takes a powerful diet to actually remove the hard plaque forming in the arterial walls after years of eating high-fat diets. But research has shown it can be done! This class will show participants how.
PLUS: Three Months Coaching
PLUS: Starting an Ongoing Genesis 1:29 Health Program
- Why a Health Program?
- Benefits to the congregation
- Possible health program structures
- Activity Possibilities
- Community Outreach
- Measuring Success
- And others…