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NEWS RELEASE April 29, 2014

Neal Barnard, M.D., Hosts Free Workshop to Help Washington Residents Combat Type 2 Diabetes

Preventive Nutrition Series Starts in Friendship Heights

WASHINGTON—Washington residents who struggle with type 2 diabetes can attend a workshop with Neal Barnard, M.D., on Tuesday, July 22 to learn how to avoid complications from the disease and reduce or eliminate the need for medications.

Food for Life instructors Kara Blank-Gonzalez and Ajani Simmons will guide interactive follow-up series. There is no cost to attend this five-class series.

“A new CDC report finds genetic risk factors don’t hold much weight compared to the foods we put in our body,” says Dr. Barnard. “Diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death in the District of Columbia. It’s time to turn this devastating and costly disease around – and my goal is to show our community how easy this can be.”


WHO: Diabetes researcher Neal D. Barnard, M.D., is president of the nonprofit Physicians Committee and an adjunct professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

WHAT: Dr. Barnard’s nutrition seminar will show participants how to use a plant-based (low-fat vegan) diet to prevent and treat type 2 diabetes. People who have or are at risk for type 2 diabetes will benefit from the series. Family members, health care providers, and friends are welcome and encouraged to join.


  • Tues, July 22, 6 to 8p.m.: Special lecture with Neal Barnard, M.D.
  • Tues, July 29, 6 to 8p.m.: Introduction to How Foods Fight Diabetes (with Kara Blank-Gonzalez)
  • Tues, August 5, 6 to 8p.m.: The Power of Your Plate and Grocery Cart
  • Tues, August 12, 6 to 8p.m.: Understanding Type 2 Diabetes
  • Tues, August 19 6 to 8p.m.: Designing a Diet for Maximum Weight Control

WHERE: Physicians Committee, 5100 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., Ste. 400, Washington, DC 20016. The Physicians Committee is located a few blocks from the Friendship Heights Metro station.

CONTACT: Please contact Tara Kemp at 202-527-7314 or for questions or to reserve a spot.

WHY: Close to 10 percent of Washington residents struggle with type 2 diabetes. If diabetes means endless medications, doctor visits, and unstable blood sugars, it’s time to turn it around. Dr. Barnard and Ajani Simmons will showcase the best foods to help you lose weight, stabilize blood sugar, improve cholesterol, and reduce the need for daily pills and insulin shots.

Neal Barnard, M.D., is president of the Physicians Committee and an adjunct professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Barnard is the author of groundbreaking NIH-funded research that shows a low-fat vegan diet dramatically stabilizes blood sugar, lowers cholesterol, boosts metabolism, and improves kidney function.

He is a regular speaker at college campuses, TEDx Talks, the author of 15 books on diet and health, and stars in three PBS specials, including Dr. Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes.

For Media Inquiries: Jessica Frost: 202-527-7342;

Founded in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is a nonprofit health organization that promotes preventive medicine, conducts clinical research, and encourages higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research.

RESERVE A SPOT: Please contact Tara Kemp at 202-527-7314 or




Meat-Eating is a Risk Factor for Developing Diabetes

Watch PCRM president Neal Barnard, M.D., present the Diabetes Dilemma at a TEDx conference

Media Contact:
Jessica Frost: (202)-527-7342;

Follow Dr. Barnard on Twitter:@DrNealBarnard

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