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Connections: How to make veganism accessible to all communities

Jan 28, 2019

What does it take to go vegan? A common misconception is that switching to a whole-food, plant-based diet could break the bank. Local healthcare workers and vegans say that isn't true, and a vegan lifestyle is available to people at all levels of income.

This hour, we discuss the accessibility of healthy foods, the impact of food deserts, and what our guests would see like to change at the policy and education levels. In studio:

  • Dr. Ted Barnett, M.D., founder and CEO of Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Group, founding president and board chair of Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute, fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, partner of Borg & Ide Imaging, and board certified physician and board member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine
  • April Ho, R.D., C.P.T., registered dietitian and certified professional trainer with the Center for Community Health and Prevention at URMC
  • Liz Hill Ruder, Ph.D., M.P.H, R.D.N., assistant professor in the Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition in the College of Health Sciences and Technology at RIT
  • Lisa Medina, local vegan, AFAA certified group fitness instructor, and radio administrative assistant for WXXI

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