Adapting Plant-Based Education During COVID-19

How Nurse Eugenia's nutrition workshop has reached more families than ever

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Overview

The combination of a medical provider teaching nutrition education for specific chronic conditions, pediatric specific, weight-loss specific, and cooking classes with free, delicious, and healthy food made for enough of a draw for members of the community to consistently attend. For a population of 99% non-vegan or vegetarian, each attendee is an opportunity to introduce the plant-based lifestyle.

Eugenia Soliterman, MPH, MSN, FNP-BC

50+

classes offered

95

people reached in the first 3 months

99%

non-vegan audience

Top Tip

Meet them where they are, but don't sugar-coat information about the benefits of plant-based diets, either. For example, when someone tells me that they will never stop eating cheese, I say that of course I would never force anything. However, I wouldn't exclude also providing information about how dairy is connected to heart disease, diabetes, and various cancers just because they have said they're not budging on the topic. Most cases, the first step they take may be to lessen their consumption. It's been a fun surprise to see how many people slowly lessen or exclude all-together after feeling energy, GI, and weight benefits from just reducing the dose of the harmful foods.

Eugenia Soliterman, MPH, MSN, FNP-BC