Make Whole Plant Foods The Foundation Of The Diet by Brenda Davis, R.D.

Brenda Davis offers fresh insights on the treatment of animals in food production and other industries, the latest findings on the health benefits of a vegan diet and expanded the information on phytochemicals, Brenda’s information is extensive in scope, yet manageable for anyone who wants to easily understand how to construct a nutritionally balanced plant-based diet.

Here are the latest findings on: using plant foods to protect against cancer, heart disease, and other chronic illnesses; obtaining essential protein without meat, eggs, or dairy products; discovering “good” fats and where to find them; meeting dietary needs for calcium without dairy products; understanding the importance of vitamin B12; designing balanced vegan diets for infants, children, and seniors; and making the most of vegan pregnancy and breastfeeding.

This is a sound blueprint to follow for better health for yourself and the planet.

How to Order a Healthy Plant-Based Meal from Any Restaurant Menu – Dean Ornish, MD, and Anne Ornish

This could come in handy! From the Forks Over Knives folks!


And, don’t forget you can browse and search hundreds of their recipes!

Another treasure trove of mouth-watering recipes from the Blue Zones folks!


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Announcing Quinyatta Mumford's 2020 Nutrition Classes!

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Hello, I’m Quinyatta!

Your Certified Health Education Specialist.   Although I hold a Masters of Public Health with an emphasis in Community Health and I am in the process of earning a Doctorate in Public Health, my true superpowers come from my personal journey to health.  

In 2013, I made the decision that I wanted to live. I mean really live the life that God destined me to have.  I had reached the lowest point in my life and my highest weight. I was blessed to not be on any medication, but as a health educator, I knew that without a behavior modification — medication was going to be my destiny. My then 9-year presented me with a challenge. She wanted to climb Pinnacle Mountain for her 10th birthday. At my size, there was no way that I was going to climb anything. But because IamSHE and SHEisME I committed to a regular training schedule and a liquid diet. Over the course of 6-months, I dropped the initial 50 pounds.

Today, I am  175 pounds lighter. Over the next year, I plan to reach my final goal. I want to take the last mile of my journey with women who have been or are where I am….striving to achieve optimal health while maintaining curves. I do not have a desire to be skinny…I desire to be healthy…the healthiest version of me that is possible.  

Join us for the Curvy Consciousness movement as we empower women of all shapes, sizes, and colors to embrace their feminine shape and take back their health. You do not have to be a size 2, 4, 6, or 8 to be healthy. Girl, embrace your curves.  #SizeHealthy

VEGAN 2019 – The Film

VEGAN 2019 – The Film is sponsored by abillionveg – where you can find reviews and recommendations for vegan-friendly food, restaurants and products near you: Subtitles in English, Spanish and Chinease. Narrated by Helen Millar:


Gathering Alert!!! Dr. Greger’s Live Streaming Event Jan. 8, 2020, 6-8 PM CST – and Is Skipping Breakfast Better for Weight Loss? Michael Greger M.D. FACLM – video below

Dr. Greger carrot

We have been advised that the Little Rock Seventh-Day Adventist Church at 8700 N Rodney Parham Rd, Little Rock, AR 72205-1601 has graciously made their church auditorium available to us to watch the Dr. Michael Greger Presents: Evidence-Based Weight Loss live streaming presentation tonight. It is scheduled to begin at 6 PM. Due to the lack of time to organize for a potluck, let’s just each bring enough to take care of ourselves for food and drink. The facility should be open by 5:30. Please allow time to find your seats, serve yourselves, and get situated to begin viewing at 6 PM.

Hope you can join us, but you may also live stream it to your own devices for $10. There will be no charge to watch it at LRSDAC. It would be helpful if you let me know if you are planning to attend.

[Following is a copy of the email sent by Debbie to the CHIP participants]

Hey CHIPpers,

Did you pick up a few pounds over the holidays?  Come to the live-stream presentation by Dr. Michael Greger tomorrow (Wednesday, Jan 8) at 6:00 pm in the SDA church auditorium at 8700 Rodney Parham Rd.  Dr. Greger will give you the edge on how to get rid of those pounds based on safe, scientifically proven strategies.  Just slight changes can make a big difference.

Come and have a good time watching together.  Bring your own snacks and invite your friends!

Happy New Year!

Debbie Burghart

Please note that Dr. Greger’s presentation location is in Eastern time so that will be 6:00 pm here.

Is Skipping Breakfast Better for Weight Loss?

Blue Zones Project 2019 Year In Review

Dear Community Champion,  

A few of you responded to my last email and let me know the link I provided didn’t work. Thank you for that!   Please find the correct link here:  

I feel this video, although a bit long, is the best one I’ve seen put out over the last 10 years. The video walks through why the sponsor decided to bring this collaboration to the community and their employers. It walks through each sector of work, People, Places, and Policies, and describes project activities, buy-in and results. In the end, I believe you will walk away with a better understanding of what we do during a project, how these projects are community led, and envision what such a project might look like in your community.  

I look forward to continued conversations on how we can bring this important work to your community!      

Let’s do this in Little Rock!

The Plant Strong Club Jan. 6, 2020 Meeting


Our next meeting is just around the corner – tomorrow night, in fact. We’ll be meeting at Natural Grocers at 6 p.m. and we’re eager to hear from Marina Ivanovsky, one of our members who was recently certified in lifestyle medicine! She’s going to share about a conference pertaining to same which she attended where Drs. Michael Greger and McDougall presented, as well as describe exactly what is involved with lifestyle medicine, and answer any questions we may have. Marina’s bio:

Marina Ivanovsky MSN, APRN, FNP- C

Marina Ivanovsky is a Family Nurse Practitioner certified  by American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and a diplomat of American College of Lifestyle Medicine. She is an active member of American Academy of Anti-aging Medicine. 

Since graduating from UAMS in the top of the class she has worked in Family and Aesthetic healthcare settings for over 17 years taking care of patients with chronic and acute illnesses. 

Marina’s passion for optimum health and desire to address the underlying cause of chronic disease of her patients led her to become interested in Lifestyle Medicine and Plant Based Whole Food Nutrition. 

For the last two years she has been working with patients to prevent and reverse chronic disease, reach their ideal body weight and achieve maximum balance by using an evidence – based lifestyle medicine approach. 

Marina practices what she preaches and enjoys sharing her recipes with patients, taking them on grocery store tours and spreading the word about optimizing health in the Arkansas community. 


Much gratitude to Quinyatta Mumford for an excellent presentation last month. Click here for access to her handout re Assessing Your Life Balance and Curvy Consciousness, and here for more information on her website. We also heard some exciting news from Stephanie Spencer and Alicia Watson regarding their upcoming program Plant Based Transformation for Beginners. Click on the link for details and to register.


Lots of other whole food, plant-based lifestyle activities happening, including a livestreaming presentation by Dr. Michael Greger Evidence-Based Weight Loss. Click here to purchase a ticket. Please go to our calendar, click on any events of interest, and find links to details. And, let me know if I’ve missed or mis-reported anything. (Picture of calendar – links not active here)

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To your health and well-being!

Kellie & Cathy

Stress Shrinks The Brain. It Creates Significant Damage To The Prefrontal Cortex–by Dean and Ayesha Sherzai, M.D.

Dr. Dean and Dr. Ayesha Sherzai are dedicated to educating people on the simple steps to long-term health and wellness through their work as Directors of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Program at Loma Linda University Medical Center, with patients, as well as through online writing, videos, and books.

There is a tsunami of diseases of the brain such as Alzheimer’s, stroke and Parkinson’s disease permeating our culture. In our own communities and families, we all have known at least one person suffering from these illnesses and in many cases seen the fallout first-hand. There is no treatment for these diseases, and the emotional, financial and social burden is immense. These diseases are thieves, stealing time, money and ravaging the minds of our loved ones. The Sherzais see scientists and physicians working furiously to find a cure or these diseases, and in this frantic race against time somehow, the big picture is usually lost among the molecules and chemicals related to the diseases.

As Co-Directors of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Program at Loma Linda University Medical Center, the Sherzais, through research and their extensive collective medical backgrounds, work to demystify the steps to achieving long-term brain health and the prevention of devastating diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Dean Sherzai, MD, PhD, is co-director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Program at Loma Linda University. Dean trained in Neurology at Georgetown University School of Medicine, and completed fellowships in neurodegenerative diseases and dementia at the National Institutes of Health and UC San Diego. He also holds a PhD in Healthcare Leadership with a focus on community health from Andrews University.

Ayesha Sherzai, MD is a neurologist and co-director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Program at Loma Linda University, where she leads the Lifestyle Program for the Prevention of Neurological Diseases. She completed a dual training in Preventative Medicine and Neurology at Loma Linda University, and a fellowship in Vascular Neurology and Epidemiology at Columbia University. She is also a trained plant-based culinary artist.