The Alliance to Repair the American Diet (a Georgia corporation, 501(c)(3) ID 47-2758876) was founded by Benji Kurtz. Obese his entire adult life, Benji, along with his wife Claire, watched the film Forks Over Knives in May 2013, and he immediately set out to learn as much as possible about a Whole-Food Plant-Based (WFPB) diet. The WFPB diet includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds and excludes all animal products. Processed foods are minimized, as are any additional salt, oil and sugar.
After reading books by WFPB pioneers such as Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. Colin Campbell, Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Neal Barnard and Dr. Dean Ornish, watching hours of YouTube lectures and reading the research, Kurtz became fully dedicated to changing to a WFPB lifestyle. Over the subsequent 18 months, his weight dropped from 258 to 128 (height 5’ 5”), Blood Pressure 109/65, Cholesterol 155, and Blood Glucose 83. Claire has had great success as well, losing 50 lbs thus far.
Benji’s successes were spotlighted in the media, with his story being featured on CNN.com, HLN television, The Daily Mail, and The Globe. He was also honored to be featured as a “Star McDougaller” by Dr. John McDougall. (See more on those appearances here.)
After returning from their second plant-based conference on the west coast (where such conferences happen regularly), Kurtz made the decision to bring the first multiday conference to Atlanta, highlighting the great benefits that nutritional choice can have on one’s health. The Food = Medicine Conference will educate the public as well as provide continuing education for medical professionals about the growing amount of research that shows that food choice can affect chronic disease (prevention as well as reversal).
The Food = Medicine Conference
Americans are as unhealthy as we have ever been. For the first time, children are not expected to live longer than their parents. Obesity and chronic disease run rampant. What can be done? What if the answers to our public health crisis could be found at the end of our fork? What if we could easily and naturally prevent and reverse some of the biggest killers in our society? Here’s the great news – we can!
The charter Food = Medicine conference will be held Friday, November 13th through Sunday, November 15th, 2015 at the Emory Conference Center Hotel in Atlanta. Healthy, plant-based meals are included in the admission price. The Keynote speeches and dinner will take place Friday night; presentations by nationally recognized health experts and celebrity chefs will be made all day Saturday and Sunday, with adjournment Sunday afternoon. There will also be a “Movie night” Saturday evening, featuring Q&A with Nelson Campbell, director of PlantPure Nation.