Green Apple eSummit Schedule
The Green Apple eSummit has 16 sessions with topics that address healthy eating at home and at school, creating change on your school’s menu, helping your family and your kids eat healthier, the impact of healthy eating on immunity, healthy eating on a budget, food and racism, to school or not to school, strategies for schooling at home while trying to do your job, and more!
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Plant-Based On a Budget
Author and Founder of Plant-Based On a Budget
Toni Okamoto started Plant-Based on a Budget in 2012 and built it into a powerhouse resource so people can break their meat, dairy, and egg habit without breaking the bank. But it was the prevalence of diabetes and heart conditions in her family, and the prevalent belief that a plant-based diet was too expensive, that really motivated her to bust the myths and stereotypes. Today she’s one of the world’s leading authorities on making vegan food affordable, accessible, and appropriate for people of all backgrounds. In fact she’s taught hundreds of thousands of people how to actually SAVE money not eating animals. She's author of the Plant-Based on a Budget cookbook, The Super Easy Vegan Slow Cooker Cookbook, the co-host of The Plant-Powered People Podcast with her known associate Michelle Cehn, and much more. Toni has been featured in national news and local news across the country and several documentaries including her own short film 7 Days that follows the astonishing transformation of 24-year-old Raul Medina who radically changed his life in just one week by eating, you guessed it, plant-based on a budget.
How to Survive a Pandemic
Michael Greger, M.D. FACLM
Author of "How to Survive a Pandemic"
Michael Greger, M.D. FACLM is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, among countless other symposia and institutions; testified before Congress; has appeared on shows such as The Colbert Report and The Dr. Oz Show; and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous "meat defamation" trial. In 2017, he was honored with the ACLM Lifestyle Medicine Trailblazer Award.
Dr. Greger's most recent scientific publications in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Critical Reviews in Microbiology, Family and Community Health, and the International Journal of Food Safety, Nutrition, and Public Health explore the public health implications of industrialized animal agriculture.
Dr. Greger is also licensed as a general practitioner specializing in clinical nutrition and is a founding member and Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. He was featured on the Healthy Living Channel promoting his latest nutrition DVDs and honored to teach part of Dr. T. Colin Campbell's esteemed nutrition course at Cornell University. Dr. Greger's nutrition work can be found at NutritionFacts.org, which is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit charity.
He is the author of Bird Flu: A Virus of Our Own Hatching and Carbophobia: The Scary Truth Behind America's Low Carb Craze. Three of his recent books — How Not to Die, the How Not to Die Cookbook, and How Not to Diet — became instant New York Times Best Sellers. His latest book, How to Survive a Pandemic, was just released in May. Dr. Greger is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Agriculture and the Tufts University School of Medicine.
Dr. Greger is proud to be a Council of Directors member of the global voice for lifestyle as medicine, the True Health Initiative (THI). This is a growing coalition of more than 360 world experts representing 35 countries. It is an unprecedented assembly that includes physicians, university Deans, former Surgeon Generals, Olympic athletes, chefs, environmental professionals and a diverse group of nutritionists. Together they offer clarity over confusion and support the foundational principles of healthy eating and healthy living.
Changing School Food & Education Through Policy
Brooklyn Borough President
Eric Leroy Adams was born in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn on September 1, 1960, the fourth of six children for his mother Dorothy, a house cleaner and cook, and his father Leroy, a butcher. Growing up in a working-class household in South Jamaica, Queens, Eric showed an early interest in computers, but was drawn to public service at the early age of 15 after he and his brother were beaten badly by police officers; the violent encounter would later motivate him to pursue a career in law enforcement, a decision reinforced by mentors like Reverend Herbert Daughtry and Jitu Weusi.
Following a public school journey capped by his graduation from Bayside High School, Eric went on to earn an Associate in Arts degree in data processing from the New York City College of Technology, a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and a Master of Public Administration degree from Marist College. Eric paid his way through his collegiate studies through a number of jobs, including work in the mailroom of an accounting firm, as a mechanic, and as a clerk in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office.
Eric graduated from the New York City Police Academy in 1984 as one of the highest-ranked students in his class. After initially serving with the New York City Transit Police Department, he was transferred to the New York City Police Department (NYPD) with the merging of the city’s police forces. During the course of his 22-year law enforcement career, Eric served in the 94th Precinct (Greenpoint), 88th Precinct (Clinton Hill and Fort Greene), and the 6th Precinct (Greenwich Village and West Village), where he retired at the rank of captain. As a member of New York’s Finest, Eric made the kind of life-and-death decisions that reflect insight, expertise, and poise under fire, earning him a reputation for going above and beyond the call of duty.
In 1995, Eric co-founded 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care, an advocacy group that rose to nationwide prominence speaking out against police brutality, racial profiling, and departmental diversity. He also served at one time as president of the Grand Council of Guardians, a statewide fraternal society for African-Americans in law enforcement. Through leadership roles in these organizations, Eric helped raise thousands of dollars for worthy causes across New York City.
Eric was elected to the first of four terms in the New York State Senate in 2006, where he represented a diverse range of neighborhoods across brownstone and central Brooklyn. During his tenure in the State Legislature, he chaired both the Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs Committee and the Racing, Gaming, and Wagering Committee. In 2013, Brooklynites elected Eric as the first person of color to serve as their borough president; he is currently serving his second term as Brooklyn’s chief executive.
In 2016, Eric was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Having lost vision in his left eye and suffering from nerve damage in his hands and feet, he went against the initial recommendations of his doctors and pursued a whole-food, plant-based diet. Within three months, Eric reversed his diabetes diagnosis, and he has subsequently been able to impact the health of countless New Yorkers facing chronic diseases, including his own mother.
Eric lives in Bedford-Stuyvesant, where he has resided for more than 20 years. He enjoys biking through his neighborhood, meditating, and exploring new cultures through travel. Eric is the proud father of Jordan, an aspiring filmmaker and graduate of American University.
Students Can Change the World
Kason Daniels is a 16 year old plant based advocate from Virginia. He is passionate about animal welfare, the environment, and human rights.
Erin is a 14 year old vegan and anti-oppression activist from New York. She has spoken at the 2020 International Animal Rights Conference and has been awarded PETA’s Hero to Animals Award, has been a nominee of PETA’s Libby Awards 2019, and is a mentor for Animal Activism Mentorship. Erin often rescues and cares for “farmed” animals who have survived animal cruelty. She was selected to speak at TEDx Oneonta for September 2021.
Aardith Kannan is a 15 year old vegan activist from California. Through political, online, and in person activism, Aadith constantly works towards a more sustainable and humane planet.
Eilan is a 16 year old sustainable food system and animal rights lobbyist, and the co-founder of the Youth Agricultural Revolution. Eilan loves working with public policy and founded Avalon microsanctuary to rescue animals from exploitation.
10,000 Black Vegan Women
Tracye McQuirter, MPH
10,000 Black Vegan Women
Tracye McQuirter, MPH, is a writer, speaker, public health nutritionist, and 33 year vegan who has been teaching people how and why to live a healthy vegan lifestyle for the past 30 years. She is the recipient of multiple awards for her public health nutrition and vegan advocacy and was named a national food hero changing the way America eats for the better by Vegetarian Times. She's the author of the book Ageless Vegan, which Library Journal starred as “raising the standard of plant-based cuisine,” and the national best-seller By Any Greens Necessary, which established her as one of the most influential vegans in the country. She directed the nation’s first federally-funded vegan nutrition program and was a nutrition advisor for the Black Women’s Health Imperative. Tracye recently created the first-of-its-kind, free African American Vegan Starter Guide in partnership with Farm Sanctuary and previously co-created one of the earliest vegan websites 20 years ago, which was also the first by and for African American vegans. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, Essence, Bon Appetit, Ebony, Women’s Health, Black Enterprise, VegNews, The Huffington Post, and many more. Tracye is a graduate of Sidwell Friends School, Amherst College, and New York University, where she received a master's degree in public health nutrition.
The Vegucated Family Table
Filmmaker and Cookbook Author
Marisa Miller Wolfson is the writer-director of Vegucated, an award-winning documentary that has screened at more than a dozen film festivals worldwide and won several awards, including best documentary at its worldwide premiere at the Toronto Independent Film Festival before becoming a digital bestseller and running on Netflix. Her book, The Vegucated Family Table, is the first cookbook geared specifically for parents of vegan babies, toddlers, and little kids. She lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with her husband, two children, and two rescued goldfish.
Jumpstart Your Health: Supporting Change
Ted Barnett, MD, FACLM
Founder and CEO, Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Group
Dr. Barnett is the High-Tech Doctor with Low-Tech Solutions. He is the founding president and board chair of Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute and the founder and CEO of Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Group. He earned his BS from Yale University and MD from Tufts University. Dr. Barnett is Board Certified in Diagnostic Imaging (1984) and Vascular and Interventional Radiology (inaugural exam 1995) and has practiced in the Rochester area since 1986. He is Board Certified in Lifestyle Medicine, having passed the inaugural examination given by the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine in October 2017. He Teaches a 6 week plant-based nutrition course for medical professionals (accredited for 12 professional CME), and is a trained CHIP facilitator. He, his wife and three children have thrived on an exclusively plant-based diet since 1991.
Principals of Vegetarian Schools Speak Out!
Bob Groff co-founded The Active Learning Elementary School (TALES), also known as PS244 in 2008 and is now in his 10th year as Principal there. He is proud to have worked with The Coalition for Healthy School Food to become the first vegetarian public school in 2012 and he continues to work towards health and wellness opportunities for students and families. He has also been working with staff to recognize the racial and social inequities that are present in food and health access.
Ruth Stanislaus is the founding Principal of PS971, a K-5 public school in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, New York City. it is one of the vegetarian schools. In addition to being a school principal, Ruth is currently working on her PhD. and her thesis is Exploring educators beliefs of nutrition instruction and elementary student healthy eating habits through a digital learning platform. The hopes is to lead the way for full implementation of a NYC nutritional curriculum that focuses not only on a vegetarian school menu but children eating healthy that will become adults eating healthy.
My Family Transitioned to Plants
Reversed Diabetes and Healed My Family
Patricia Devaney is a mother of three with a Bachelor of Commerce, who has certificates in Plant Based Nutrition and International Migration. Born and raised in Peru, Patricia now resides in Edmonton, Canada. Previously involved in the finance of global entities, Patricia now focuses 100% of her time on her family and plant-based initiatives. She was successful in introducing plant-based school lunch options and pioneered the first plant-based film and restaurant sampler event (a dozen restaurants participated) in Edmonton, Canada. She is also heavily involved with the Alberta Whole Food Plant Based Society.
Social & Emotional Health During COVID-19
Kira Lawton, M.D., FAAP
Dr. Kira Lawton is originally from Queens, New York. She completed her undergraduate education at the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College where she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, and Biochemistry in addition to her pre-med studies. As a testament to her commitment to provide accessible health care internationally, she organized a medical mission at Hunter College that travelled to Honduras with the Global Medical Brigades Organization. Her collegiate chapter provided medical services with a family practice physician via a mobile medical clinic serving over 500 patients in 1 week.
She earned her medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and completed her residency training in general pediatrics at the Bristol Myer’s Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Dr. Lawton has a particular interest in nutrition, in the care of newborns, children and adolescents. Like many pediatric providers she believes that promoting active lifestyles and helping kids to make healthy dietary choices are imperative for preventing long term illnesses that affect adults including coronary artery disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, and hypertension.
She is excited to mentor students to pursue careers in medicine and hopes to complete additional medical missions abroad. Dr. Lawton is a member of the Academy of Pediatrics and is currently practicing in the Hudson Valley. In her free time she enjoys being with her family, travelling, going to vegan festivals, and attending ballet and opera performances at the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts.
How One Big Idea Transformed a Neighborhood
Founder and Executive Director of Harlem Grown
Tony Hillery is the Founder and Executive Director of Harlem Grown. Tony founded Harlem Grown to address the health and academic challenges facing public elementary school students in Harlem.
In 2011, Tony began volunteering with a local elementary school and was witnessing first-hand the lack of resources allocated to the schools and the poor nutrition of students. While volunteering, Tony noticed an abandoned community garden across the street from the school: students called it “the haunted garden.” The garden was being used as a dumping ground and was completely overrun. Tony rallied volunteers and raised the funds needed to transform the lot into a thriving urban garden, kicking off Harlem Grown’s first-ever growing season.
The first year, Tony worked with 400 students to plant 400 seedlings. He watched as students transformed their eating habits and learned skills like patience and responsibility. The first season, they grew 38lbs of produce. In 2019, Harlem Grown expanded to partner with six local Harlem schools, reach over 4,900 youth, composted over 30,000 lbs of food scraps and grew over 7,400 pounds of fruits and vegetables that are then distributed to families-in-need throughout the community.
Creating Change on Your School's Menu
Executive Director, Coalition for Healthy School Food
Amie is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Coalition for Healthy School Food. She is mom to an 18 year old lifelong vegan college student and in her spare time she is a veganic gardener.
The Coalition for Healthy School Food (CHSF) is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit that introduces plant-based foods and nutrition education in schools to educate the whole school community about the health, environmental, and social justice issues of our food choices. The whole school community include students, families, teachers, assistant teachers, school administrators, and school food service personnel.
To School or Not to School in the Age of COVID-19
Politician, Activist, Actor, and Teacher
Jabari Brisport is an American politician, activist, actor, and teacher from New York City.
Architect and Designer
Brian Falcon is a registered architect and permaculture designer with a passion for working collaboratively to create transformative regenerative change. A loving husband and father to four amazing kids, he enjoys camping, gardening and endurance sports.
Board of Health Elected Official, Mom, Plant Based Nutritionist
Stephanie Goodman is a Plant Based Nutritionist. She holds a BS in Exercise & Health Science from the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Mark Negron has dedicated his life to the health of people and their environment. As a young man, he served in the US Navy as a corpsman (medic). Since then, he has served in a variety of leadership positions to reduce our footprint and even reverse the damage we have already caused. His passion is organizing communities to install and develop food forests. He has led, founded, or helped helped many local non-profit organizations develop these edible habitats in neglected urban settings. These projects beautify public spaces, feed the needy, and support native wildlife.
Sapana Shah, MD
ParentAssistant Professor of Medicine at NYU School of Medicine
Sapana Shah, MD is an assistant professor of medicine at NYU School of Medicine and practicing Internist at Bellevue Hospital. She takes care of patients in the general medical clinic, the addiction medicine program, and in the relatively new plant based lifestyle medicine program.
Strategies for Schooling & Working from Home
Parent and Teacher
Sharon Nelson and her husband, Mark Nelson, are veteran teachers in the Ithaca City School District. Their 3 kids attend Ithaca City schools at the middle school and high school level. Sharon is teaching 6th graders virtually, and she is also an Instructional Technology Support Specialist for the district.
Tiffany Winbush is a 15 year resident of Lower Manhattan. She and her husband are parents of two, one of which is a public school student who’s learning fully remote this semester. Tiffany currently works in healthcare marketing communications and is working diligently to manage her work from home schedule around remote learning for her daughter and son.
Lily is 12 years old and is in 7th grade in middle school. She’s been remote learning 100% of the time since March. Lily is vegan, a vegan coach, an animal rights activist, and an animal rescuer.
Karen is a vegan who lives on Long Island with her vegan daughter and works in the trade show industry. She’s also a vegan coach, an animal rights activist, and an animal rescuer. Karen works from home full time while her daughter schools from home.
Meat, Dairy, & Racism
Milton Mills, MD
Co-Author of Racial Bias in Federal Nutrition Policy
Dr. Milton Mills practices critical care medicine in the Washington DC area, including treating many patients with COVID-19. He was the Associate Director of Preventive Medicine for Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). He was a major contributor to position papers presented by PCRM to the United States Department of Agriculture regarding Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and was the lead plaintiff in PCRM’s class action lawsuit that asks for warning labels on milk.
Dr. Mills earned his medical degree at Stanford University School of Medicine, and completed an Internal Medicine residency at Georgetown University Hospital. He has published several research journal articles dealing with racial bias in federal nutrition policy. He frequently donates his time via practicing at free medical clinics, and travels widely, speaking at hospitals, churches and community centers throughout the country. He was featured in the films “What the Health,” and “The Invisible Vegan,” among others. Dr. Mills is also on the advisory board of the Coalition for Healthy School Food, and we very much appreciate the work that he does to bring forth the issue of Meat, Dairy, and Racism, which we will be talking about today.
Food Policy & the Food Industry
T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D.
Author, The China Study, Whole, the Low Carb Fraud, and the upcoming The Future of Nutrition
Colin Campbell, PhD has been dedicated to the science of human health for more than 60 years. His primary focus is on the association between diet and disease, particularly cancer. Although largely known for the China Study--one of the most comprehensive studies of health and nutrition ever conducted, and recognized by The New York Times as the “Grand Prix of epidemiology”--Dr. Campbell’s profound impact also includes extensive involvement in education, public policy, and laboratory research.
Dr. Campbell is the author of The China Study: Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health, which has sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. He is also the author of the The New York Times bestseller Whole, The Low-Carb Fraud, and the upcoming The Future of Nutrition to be published in December, 2020. You can learn more about Dr. Campbell at www.nutritionstudies.org.