2013

2013

Healthy You Network Brings “Your Health, Your Planet” to Downtown

August 16, 2013

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, author and activist.

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, author and activist.

by Bree Collins

Tucson non-profit Healthy You Network has sponsored many events over the past two and a half years to educate Southern Arizona about whole food, plant-based nutrition. Their upcoming event “Your Health, Your Planet” brings national experts to Tucson for a full-day symposium at Downtown’s Fox Theatre on September 21st from 9am – 5pm. “The goal of this event and, indeed, of all our events and community outreach programs, is to reach as many people as possible with a very simple message,” says John Reid, Healthy You Network’s Director of Operations. “Eating whole, plant-based food is a simple, safe, and cost effective way to improve your life in more ways than you can possibly imagine.”

Author Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, who wrote The 30-Day Vegan Challenge, Color Me Vegan, and The Vegan Table will team up with Rich Roll, an endurance athlete who also wrote Finding Ultra, J. Morris Hicks, author of Healthy Eating, Healthy World, and Micheal Greger, M.D., who updates NutritionFacts.org with the latest nutrition research findings. Ted Crawford, D.O., a local physician, will join them. Speakers will discuss the best ways to improve individual health and reduce the epidemic of chronic disease impacting the U.S. and other developed countries using a whole food, plant-based lifestyle.

Rich Roll, ultra-endurance athlete.

Rich Roll, ultra-endurance athlete.

The Healthy You Network also strives to educate people on “the interrelationship between improvements in individual health, the welfare of other animals, the sustainability of the planet, and the reduction of healthcare costs.” They offer cooking classes, mentoring programs, potlucks, and a free movie series to support people in choosing a whole food, plant-based lifestyle. In October they are opening the Healthy You Network Resource Center at 3919 E. Pima, which will act as a permanent location to hold community outreach events that focus on improving the health of all Southern Arizona residents.

Registration is $35 and includes lunch from Urban Fresh, a Downtown restaurant at 73 E. Pennington St. that offers wraps, salads, and smoothies made from plant-based ingredients – the majority of which are gluten free. “The $35 registration fee […] likely will be the best money people have ever spent to improve their health,” says Reid.

Register at HealthyYouNetwork.org or call 275-7999 for more information.

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