Kickstart Your Health Little Rock Helps Revolutionize City by Bringing Together Doctors, Hospitals, Schools, Restaurants

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Renowned Nutrition Researcher and Local Physicians Launch Initiative with Free Forks Over Knives Screening and Discussion

Nutrition researcher and Physicians Committee president Neal Barnard, M.D., will host a panel discussion and free screening of Forks Over Knives, a documentary about food’s power to improve health and prevent disease, on Thursday, Jan. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. The event will launch Kickstart Your Health Little Rock, a multifaceted initiative aimed at revolutionizing the health of Little Rock, Ark., residents.
 
Dr. Barnard will be joined by local physicians Christie Beck, M.D., and Jason Beck, M.D., who will offer resident’s tips on how consuming a plant-based diet can maximize health and even prevent lifestyle diseases. Arkansas’ stroke death rate is first in the nation, and its cardiovascular disease death rate is the fifth highest.
 
“Let’s make 2015 Little Rock’s healthiest year yet – by switching the focus to plant-based diets,” says Neal Barnard, M.D., who will give tips on how to stick to health-related New Year’s resolutions. “Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes are powerhouses that boost energy, improve mood, and help you lose holiday weight. Once you start piling dark leafy greens and black beans on your plate, you will see numerous health benefits.”
 
Through this ongoing initiative, the Physicians Committee will empower Little Rock residents through nutrition classes, work with restaurants to provide healthier options, and partner with local physicians to provide patients the tools they need to achieve health goals. Baptist Health Medical Center, the University of Arkansas Medical School, and the Department of Health will also be joining this local effort.
 
Forks Over Knives event details:
 
WHAT: Forks Over Knives screening
WHO: Physicians Committee president Neal Barnard, M.D., and local physicians Christie Beck, M.D., and Jason Beck, M.D.
WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 8, 6 to 8 p.m.
WHERE: Riverdale 10 Cinema 2600 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, AR 72202
REGISTER: Please contact Anne Marie Vastano at 202-717-8662 or AVastano(at)PCRM(dot)org, or register for your tickets online at KickStartLittleRock.org. The first 50 people to register will receive a free Rx goodie bag, packed with health resources, produce, and a restaurant guide.
 
Journalists: If you’d like to attend the event or speak with Dr. Barnard, please contact Courtney Boyce at 202-650-3960 or CBoyce(at)PCRM(dot)org.
 
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.

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