Food for Life is an award-winning Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) program designed by physicians, nurses, and registered dietitians that offers cancer, diabetes, weight management, employee wellness, and kids classes that focus on the lifesaving effects of healthful eating. Each class includes information about how certain foods and nutrients work to promote health, along with cooking demonstrations of simple and nutritious recipes that can be recreated easily at home.
The Power of Food For Your Health
Adults in the United States spend more than half of their waking hours at work giving employers a unique opportunity to impact the health and wellness of their employees. In a public health climate of a growing health crisis and mounting health care costs, more attention needs to be given to eating healthfully and staying active, especially around a busy work schedule. By offering PCRM’s Food for Life: Employee Wellness Program, employers can lead the way to facilitating an office culture of health and wellness that employees can carry into their lives at home.
Weekly sessions for workers consisting of nutrition education, cooking demonstrations, food samples, and supportive group discussions
Support for the employer’s food service provider to incorporate healthful food options into the menu
Guidance on healthful dining out choices if there is no employer food service provider
Kickstart Your Health
The Power of Food For Healthy Weight Management
Once a week for 5 weeks
In a public health climate where more than one-third of adults in the United States are obese and millions have diabetes, the need for a lifestyle change is greater than it has ever been.
This curriculum is based on PCRM's successful 21-Day Vegan Kickstart program. The Kickstart has helped thousands of people adopt a plant-based diet to reach their health goals. Depending on one's perspective, the Kickstart is about losing weight, maintaining a healthy weight, or simply embracing an overall healthful diet. For some people, it's the first time the idea of not restricting amounts of foods but rather choosing the right foods has been the guiding principle for losing weight and staying healthy. Lower cholesterol, better diabetes control, lower blood pressure, as well as improvements in energy and mood are some of the many benefits people experience on this diet.
Discover which foods are optimal for weight management, learn about various health topics including blood pressure and digestion, and get empowered with the practical cooking skills needed to help you on your journey to better health. In our classes, attendees do all of this while enjoying a cooking demonstration and tasting delicious, healthful dishes in a supportive group setting.
Featured Class Topic:
Power of Your Plate
Getting in Gear
Breaking the Food Seduction
Keys for Natural Appetite Control
Healthy Blood Pressure
Kids Health (Ages 9-12)
The Power of Food For Kids Health
Once a week for 4 weeks
The health problems faced by our youth today are unlike any in the past. Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and today, nearly one in three children in the United States is overweight or obese. Poor diet and lack of exercise put today’s children at greater risk for heart disease, diabetes, and cancer later in life. A foundation for healthy eating at a young age is needed to lessen the risk for chronic diseases.
In the Food for Life: Kids Health classes, the curriculum highlights the positives of the four food groups (whole grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables) in the Power Plate . Children ages 9-12 are exposed to the great taste and health benefits of eating a plant-based diet through kid-friendly recipes approved by PCRM’s staff of dietitians. The curriculum aims to empower children with the knowledge and skills they need to establish healthy habits to carry them well into adulthood.
In the Food for Life: Kids Health classes, each child receives a workbook filled with activities and worksheets focused on nutrition and several recipes (many of which will be demonstrated in class).
Featured Class Topics and Objectives:
Breakfasts - Fruit
Identify the new four food groups using the Power Plate and learn the important role that plant foods in the diet.
Snacks - Legumes
Understand the role of fiber for overall health.
Lunches - Vegetables
Understand the importance of eating vegetables and the health benefits of found in vegetables.
Dinners - Grains
Recognize the value of eating whole grains and the nutrients that they contain.