Healthcare Professional Newsletter, July 2022

July 20, 2022
Rethinking the Accessibility of a Plant-Based Diet

Millions of Americans experience food insecurity-induced chronic diseases.1 Over 90% of Americans consume less than the recommended amounts of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes, and 98% consume more than the recommended amounts of solid fats and added sugars.2 A plant-based diet typically includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds, and for some, a small amount of meat, fish, eggs and dairy. By some estimates, moving toward a plant-based diet could reduce global mortality rates by as much as 23%.3

Americans living in underserved communities are less likely to follow a plant-based diet than others, often due to a lack of access to grocery stores, and the abundance of convenience stores in these communities. Food companies spend over $11 billion on television advertisements annually with 80% of food advertising spent on soda, fast food, candy, and unhealthy snacks – much of which is directed toward underserved communities. Poorer diet quality, lack of exercise, and a higher body mass index are correlated with race, ethnicity, level of education and household income.2 Healthcare professionals (HCPs) can promote a plant-based diet for underserved clients with simple meal prep guidance using healthy foods that they are typically more accessible.

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The Many Ways Orgain Supports Healthcare Professionals

As part of Orgain’s ongoing commitment to healthcare professionals we offer, and continuously update, a wide array of online resources and opportunities for professional growth and development including webinars with free CPEUs, the Orgain Healthcare Ambassador Program & Sampling Portal, and many more.  

Learn more about the many ways Orgain supports healthcare professionals!

The Good Clean Nutrition Podcast

New episodes of The Good Clean Nutrition Podcast are available!

Episode 16: Plant-Based Eating: Overcoming Challenges to Accessibility with Common and Dr. Andrew Abraham

A towering body of research suggests that plant-based diets have significant advantages on health and the planet.  However, for those that live in food deserts or struggle financially, it can be difficult to adopt and sustain a plant-rich approach to eating.  In this special episode, host Mary Purdy, MS, RDN, is joined by Orgain’s CEO and Founder, Dr. Andrew Abraham, and award-winning artist, actor, and activist, Common. Tune in as they share about their recent collaboration and dive into important topics regarding the challenges of accessibility of healthy foods in underserved communities and learn how you could support positive change.

Upcoming Orgain-Sponsored Live Webinar

Don’t miss Orgain’s next live webinar on June 21 at 2pm EST, Improved Outcomes in CKD with a Plant Forward Approach, presented by Melanie Betz MS, RD, CSR, CSG.

Research suggests that plant-based diets may help to lower risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD) but can also be beneficial to follow during all stages of kidney disease – from newly diagnosed to dialysis.  Register for this educational webinar to learn more about the current science behind plant-rich diets for CKD and how they can improve acidosis, blood sugar, hypertension, and even manage potassium and phosphorous levels.

Whether on-demand or live, all the webinars in Orgain’s Professional Education Webinar Series are available for 1.0 CPEU for RDNs and NDTRs. Register Here

2022 Conferences and Symposiums

If you plan to attend the 2022 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo on October 8-11, be sure to stop by Orgain’s booth! Learn more

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