Zoom meeting on Plant Based Nutrition – Kellie Coleman & Stephanie Spencer

Hello friends, 

It’s been a long time since the Plant-Strong Club has gotten together and we figured it’s time to finally do something about that!

Kellie Coleman and Stephanie Spencer are forming a new group with a focus on support and social interaction.  We are going to host a Zoom chat on Thursday, October 1st at 6 pm.  See below for details. 

We are sending out an invite to everyone on the old Plant-Strong Mailing list, but feel free to invite anyone you know that may be interested!  This group is open to anyone and everyone, regardless of what diet they are currently following, who is interested in learning about the health benefits of a Whole Food Plant-Based lifestyle.   We want to make these sessions very interactive so we can all share our struggles and successes together.  We’ll be sharing some new directions we hope to take this fall, discuss some new Plant-Based learning opportunities, and hear from you as well!

If you haven’t already, you will need to download the Zoom app onto your computer, phone, or device.  Then you will click the link below to join.  We’ll be on the chat about 10 minutes beforehand so we can try to troubleshoot any technical glitches anyone may have.  

Take care everyone and we look forward to seeing y’all soon!

Kellie and Stephanie



Topic: Plant Based for Health Zoom Chat

Time: Oct 1, 2020 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 822 0430 7759

Passcode: 611848

RESCHEDULED: David Anderson, MD, to be Guest Speaker at Seventh Day Adventist Church Health Connection Meeting Monday, April 20, 2020, 6:30 PM

Due to recommendations to limit gatherings, we are postponing our March 16 CHIP monthly meeting.  Dr. David Anderson is available to speak at our April 20 meeting.  Mark your calendars because you won’t want to miss this one.  Dr. Anderson specializes in sleep medicine and will answer questions after his interesting presentation.  

Since our monthly meeting includes more than CHIP and the Diabetes Undone group will be joining as well as many other interested parties, our name has been changed to Health Connection.  Our regular meetings are the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Seventh-day Adventist Church at 8700 Rodney Parham Rd.

We hope you all will be safe as you adjust to the changing landscape.  It is more important than ever to keep up your healthy lifestyle to maintain a strong immune system.  Although we cannot meet at the present, please feel free to contact us by email or phone.  


Lisa Beck, Health Connection Leader

Mark and Debbie Burghart, Health Ministries Leaders  

Dr. David Anderson is a sleep medicine specialist in Conway, AR. He graduated from UAMS Medical Center and is board certified in Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine.  He completed his residency and internship in San Antonio, TX  and a fellowship at Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center.  He spent 15 months in New Zealand working as a psychiatrist, then back to Arkansas where he has been practicing sleep medicine for the past 9 years.

Dr. Anderson and his wife, Annette, follow a plant-based diet and as physicians are working toward board certification in Lifestyle Medicine.  There will be a Q and A after his talk, so here’s your chance to get your sleep questions answered by a professional.  We will have our usual low SOS (salt, oil, sugar) WFPB meal.

Join us for a great time of fellowship, delicious WFPB food, and education. The church is located at 8700 N. Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock, AR 72205-1601.

CANCELLED – Plant-Based Diet Advocate to Hold Public Talk at UAMS – UAMS News

Press Release: REL-Klaper canceled

Dr. Klaper Smilin

Klaper will speak on “Health Transformations from a Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet” at 6 p.m. April 1, in the Jo Ellen Ford Auditorium, UAMS Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, 629 Jack Stephens Drive. Free parking is available immediately adjacent to the building.

Klaper’s talk will include comparisons of the physiological impact of different eating patterns on the body, the extent of “foodborne” chronic illness in our society, and the role of whole-food, plant-based nutrition in the disease process. Klaper will also hold a question-and-answer session.

For more information, contact Kellie Coleman at 501-526-5779.

From Dr. Klaper’s website:

Moving Medicine

For over 40 years, I have served thousands of people on their journey to reclaim health through proper nutrition and a balanced lifestyle. I want to help you, too.

Dr. Klaper is pleased to announce that, in association with PlantPure Communities, he will be traveling to medical schools around the country to (a) help awaken young health professionals to the key role of their patient’s diet as a cause — and potential cure — of chronic disease and (b) to promote the teaching of applied plant-based nutrition as part of the medical school curriculum for all physicians, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists and other health professionals. “Dr. K.” will be meeting with students of every health discipline as well as developing online courses on applied, plant-based nutrition for clinicians as well as for the general public.

Learn how you can help support Dr. Klaper in his efforts to help keep Moving Medicine Forward.

The Eagle Has Flown!

Our Plant Strong Club monthly meeting took place last night, Monday, March 2, and I believe it’s safe to say a good time was had by all. We opened with an excellent time of sharing by my dear friend and yoga instructor since 1999, Pam Peters. You may watch that here on YouTube.

After Q & A and drawings for a pass for 10-days of free classes at West Little Rock Yoga and a free class pass at the Floating Lotus Yoga Studio, we watched this video interview: Michael Klaper, M.D., Vegan Diet Truths and Myths interviewed by Dr. Nick Delgado on YouTube, and discussed it and other WFPB-related topics afterward.

Please review a copy of the email invitation for more information and links to other local resources. Details will be forthcoming regarding Dr. Klaper’s visit to UAMS, Little Rock, on April 1. Mark your calendar now for the public presentation at 6 PM, Reynolds Institute, UAMS, Jo Ellen Ford Auditorium.

Copies of three emails were also attached regarding Vito and Vera going live with their “innovative plant-based cuisine,” Stephanie Spencer’s upcoming classes “Plant-Based Wellness for Beginners,” and Dr. Maryelle Vonlanthen’s Healthy Nugget updates as follows:

Dear Healthy Nuggetters, 

You may wonder why I have not yet sent out announcements for this month’s classes.  Very simply put, I needed to take a break and sharpen my vision for our 2020 goals.  

So the plan and direction for the future are as follow: 

1.  We will continue to have lunch/dinner meetings and talks.  Based on the group’s feedback we can have some on Friday evenings and some Saturday at lunch, alternating to make sure everyone gets to participate. A delicious plant based meal will be served courtesy of Bernadette and I will provide thought provoking topic presentations to encourage and support your journeys to health. 

2.  The cooking classes as we have presented will no longer be offered. Instead Bernadette and I will be offering one on one classes in your homes. This way the class will be hands on with us helping you prepare delicious dishes. This will also help you stock your pantry with necessary ingredients to facilitate future meal preps. What we cook will depend on what you want to learn, specifically for you. 

3.  Finally I would like to spend more time working with you one on one to coach, support and assist you in making impactful changes to your diets which will bring you to health.  This will allow me to address the specific situations and challenges each of you are facing and together we can overcome these barriers.   Those interested can schedule a session by Emailing me. 

Our final “regular” cooking class will be in March (date to be announced) along with a Saturday Lunch.  I welcome your questions and comments. I look forward to sharpening our vision for health to 20/20 ! and most importantly my greatest joy as your coach is to see your health improve and you living a full, active and exciting long life. 

Happy Eating ! 


You may request to be added to Maryelle’s email list for future updates by emailing her at this address: healthynuggetlr@gmail.com. Also note that we have several of her presentations posted under Past Presentations.

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Some People Say Beans And Grains Didn’t Exist Until 10,000 Years Ago And That We Are Meant To Eat – Dr. Michael Klaper*


Some People Say Beans And Grains Didn’t Exist Until 10,000 Years Ago And That We Are Meant To Eat Animal Products. What About Hemp And Flax Oil?

Vegan Nutrition: Pure and Simple by Michael Klaper, M.D.

Dr. Michael Klaper, is a gifted clinician, internationally recognized teacher, and sought-after speaker on diet and health. He has practiced medicine for more than 40 years and is a leading educator in applied plant-based nutrition and integrative medicine.

He is also the author of a successful book on cholesterol-free nutrition and an upcoming title (to be announced in 2018), as well as numerous DVDs and Videos on Demand, a series of “Healthy YOU Webinars,” and dozens of articles.

A source of inspiration advocating plant-based diets and the end of animal cruelty worldwide, Dr. Klaper contributed to the making of two PBS television programs Food for Thought and the award-winning Diet for a New America movie based on the book of the same name.

Dr. Michael Klaper teaches that “Health Comes From Healthy Living” and is dedicated to the healing and flourishing of all living beings and our planet.

Dr. Klaper graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago (1972), served a medical internship at Vancouver General Hospital in British Columbia, Canada with additional training in surgery, anesthesiology, and orthopedics at the University of British Columbia Hospitals in Vancouver and in obstetrics at the University of California Hospitals in San Francisco.

As Dr. Klaper’s medical career progressed, he began to realize (true to what science is bearing out today) that many of the diseases his patients presented – clogged arteries (atherosclerosis), high blood pressure (hypertension), obesity, adult onset diabetes, and even some forms of arthritis, asthma, and other significant illnesses – were made worse or actually caused by the high sugar, high fat, high salt, overly processed Standard American Diet (S.A.D.).

See Dr. Klaper’s 73-minute DVD and Video On Demand, “Salt, Sugar and Oil: Could Your Favorite Flavors Be Hurting You?”

Accordingly, Dr. Klaper resolutely believes that proper nutrition (through a whole food, plant-based diet) and a balanced lifestyle are essential for health and, in many cases, can make the difference between healing an illness or merely treating its symptoms.

To learn how to truly thrive on a plant-based diet, see Dr. Klaper’s 99-minute Video On Demand, “Thriving on a Plant-Based Diet.” In addition to his clinical practice and private consultations with patients, Dr. Klaper is a passionate and devoted educator of physicians and other healthcare professionals about the importance of nutrition in clinical practice.

Dr. Michael Klaper served as the Director of the non-profit Institute of Nutrition Education and Research from 1992 through 2015, during which time he conducted a study focusing on people who ate a completely plant-based (vegan) diet.

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The Plant Strong Club Feb. 3, 2020 Meeting


Our next meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 3, at Natural Grocers at 6 p.m. and we’re eager to hear from Dr. Gina Drobena, one of our new members who was recently certified in lifestyle medicine! Here’s Gina’s bio:

Gina Drobena, MD FCAP

Gina A. Drobena, M.D.

Gina Drobena is an Arkansas native who is board certified in clinical pathology and transfusion medicine as well as lifestyle medicine. Dr. Drobena began her training at UAMS in 2000 and then joined the faculty as an attending physician and Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology. After becoming aware of the impact food was having on her own health, Dr. Drobena became passionate about sharing knowledge of plant-based nutrition and pursued board certification through the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. 

In 2018 the Culinary Medicine program at UAMS began as a working group to teach medical students about nutrition and its role in healthcare. Dr. Drobena co-chairs the medical education subcommittee and teaches a culinary medicine elective as well as instructing interprofessional students in experiential workshops using the culinary medicine curriculum.  Whether it is through training future providers or personal consultations with her patients, Dr. Drobena is enthusiastically spreading the message of culinary medicine throughout the state to improve the health of her fellow Arkansans.


We’ll also look forward to hearing from Debbie Burghart who will be sharing her nutrition and lifestyle journey, plus information about the “diabetes UNDONE Interactive Workshop” starting Jan. 30, 2020. Click here for information. And, Kellie will be sharing about her experiences at Stephanie Spencer’s program Plant Based Transformation for Beginners and with Alicia Watson’s delicious meals therein.


Thanks to Marina Ivanovsky, MSN, APRN, FNP- C, for an excellent presentation last month, including the latest information on insomnia and cancer and the effects of lifestyle. Click here for access to an MP3 recording of her presentation, preceded by one heck of a testimony by Dr. Karen Seale!


Lots of other whole food, plant-based lifestyle activities happening, including a presentation and cooking class by Dan Lysk on Feb. 8. 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 follows – links not active here)

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To your health and well-being!

Kellie & Cathy

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?


The Plant Strong Club Dec. 2, 2019, 6PM @ Natural Grocers Meeting Information – UPDATED

We are delighted to present Quinyatta Mumford of Mumford & Associates. Check out her creds here! Thanks, Larry, for the heads up about Quinyatta. We’re so pleased to add her to our ranks! She will be followed by Stephanie Spencer and Chef Alicia Watson with more good news regarding a new development:  Click here for details

Great presentations from all our guests. Here is the excellent handout from Quinyatta: https://theplantstrongclub.files.wordpress.com/2019/12/qm-handout-12-2-19.pdf She also shared the link to the Ark. Dept. of Health website where you can search for a restaurant and read its latest inspection reports! https://foodserviceprod.adh.arkansas.gov/Web/inspection/publicinspectionsearch.aspx . WARNING! You may never want to eat out again! Or, you could breathe a sigh of relief!

Be sure to bookmark Stephanie’s website: https://www.naturalstateplantbased.com/ and sign up for the Plant Based Transformation for Beginners classes starting January 7! These could be life changing for you and/or your friends and loved ones. Something I’m also very personally very excited about, and I quote:

And I am incredibly excited to announce that I will be partnering with Chef Alicia Watson of Vito and Vera, a culinary wellness company, to offer delicious plant-based meal options! Chef Alicia will be offering:

  • WFPB dinners available for purchase at each class.  Cost: $15.  We will send out an email with the menu prior to each class.
  • WFPB cooking demos at each class.  These will be easy WFPB cooking techniques that you can use at home to give you the concrete steps you need to transition to a WFPB way of life. 
  • WFPB  chef-prepared take-home meal options and “short cuts” available for purchase at each class that you can use when creating your meals at home each week.