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BP Adams invites New Yorkers to public conversation on health, chronic illnesses

August 28, 2017 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams launched the Brooklyn Healthy Workplace Challenge earlier this year in collaboration with the American Heart Association (AHA), aimed at changing the dietary and exercise habits at businesses across the borough. Adams will continue his health crusade with a conversation with Dr. Michael Greger on Sept. 8. Photo: Erica Sherman/Brooklyn BP’s Office

Last week, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams extended an invitation to all New Yorkers, especially medical industry professionals and his health-conscious neighbors, to attend a public conversation he is hosting with influential physician Michael Greger, the New York Times best-selling author of “How Not to Die.” Adams has credited his book, which focuses on the role of diet in preventing, stopping and reversing chronic disease, as a catalyst in successfully turning around his Type 2 diabetes diagnosis last year, according to the BP’s Office.

He will present the talk in the courtroom of Brooklyn Borough Hall on Friday, Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. in partnership with the Coalition for Healthy School Food, a nonprofit organization he is working with to help introduce and promote plant-based nutrition in the borough’s school cafeterias. Adams highlighted the impact that Greger’s work has had on his life, and what he believes his message on preventive health care can help all Brooklynites. 

“This is an incredible opportunity for the residents of our region to hear from one of the leading voices in clinical nutrition, a voice that frankly helped save my life,” said Adams. “Nutrition education is nowhere near prioritized enough in our doctors’ offices, hospitals and schools, leaving people without a vitally important tool in their battles against chronic diseases. I have recommended Dr. Greger’s book to everyone I have met in the last year, and I am thrilled that he can share his knowledge in person to our borough. It is my mission to show my fellow Brooklynites that food can be our medicine.” 

“The good news is that we have tremendous power over our health destiny and longevity,” said Greger. “The vast majority of premature death and disability is preventable with a plant-based diet and other healthy lifestyle behaviors.”

Additional partners on this educational event include the Brownsville Multi-Service Family Health and Wellness Centers; NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County; Perelandra Natural Foods; and NutritionFacts.org, Greger’s nonprofit organization.

 

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