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PYP 135: Susan Benigas on Growing a Generation of Plant-Based Doctors

SusanBenigasSusan Benigas is executive director of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) and founder of the Plantrician Project. Through these and other efforts, Susan is in the forefront of the movement to educate doctors about the healing power of diet and lifestyle.

Susan got into this world as a marketer (which parallels my own path). She discovered firsthand how important marketing chops are to getting the word out about health in her work on St. Louis' Hooked on Health initiative, and her corporate health promotion business, Amp it Up for Life.

What I really admire about Susan is her energetic optimism. It's a quality I find in leaders who succeed in creating change against all odds. In our conversation, we discuss those odds, and the stakes, and why lifestyle medicine and the healing power of a whole food, plant-based diet will ultimately prevail.

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We covered:

  • what it's like to be a marketer in a clinician's world
  • the challenges involved in reaching – and influencing – health professionals
  • the growing attendance and importance of the International Plant-based Nutrition Healthcare Conference (which she also founded, in her spare time ;))
  • changing the system that profits from disease, not health
  • the “big tent” approach of the True Health Initiative
  • how to find a plant-based doctor near you
  • her ability to get so much done
  • how HMOs and insurance companies need to change to foster health rather than disease management
  • progress to date
  • how you can influence your own doctor to be curious about lifestyle medicine
  • and much more…

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Links

American College of Lifestyle Medicine

The Plantrician Project

International Plant-based Nutrition Healthcare Conference

Plant Yourself Podcast Interview with ACLM President, David Katz, MD

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The Plant Yourself Podcast theme music, “Dance of Peace (Sabali Don),” is generously provided by Will Ridenour, a kora player from North Carolina who has trained with top Senegalese musicians.

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1 comment on “PYP 135: Susan Benigas on Growing a Generation of Plant-Based Doctors

  1. Thank You says:

    Howard, Thank You for another information packed podcast. Keep them coming 🙂

    Thank You

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