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A Plant-Based Nutrition Program

Evans, Joanne MEd, PMHCNS-BC; Magee, Alexandra DNP, FNP-BC; Dickman, Kathy DNP, FNP-BC; Sutter, Rebecca DNP, APRN, FNP-BC; Sutter, Caroline DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

AJN, American Journal of Nursing: March 2017 - Volume 117 - Issue 3 - p 56–61
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000513289.14377.0f
In the Community

Proper nutrition is an important but often overlooked component of preventive care and disease management. Following a plant-based diet in particular has been shown to have dramatic effects on health and well-being in a relatively short period of time. For this reason, nurses at three faculty-led community health clinics participated in a nutrition educational program, following a plant-based diet for 21 days. They sought to improve their knowledge of plant-based nutrition and experience firsthand the benefits of such a diet. The authors conclude that this type of program, with its experiential component and beneficial personal health results, has the potential to influence a larger nursing audience as participants apply their knowledge and experience to patient care and to classroom discussions with nursing students.

Joanne Evans is the executive director of Healthy Nurses… Healthy Communities, LLC, in Rockville, MD. Alexandra Magee is an NP in the Department of Nursing at George Mason University in Oakton, VA, and was a graduate student at the time of this project. Kathy Dickman is retired and was an assistant research professor in the Department of Nursing at George Mason University in Oakton, VA, at the time of this project. Rebecca Sutter and Caroline Sutter are codirectors of the MAPS Clinic and assistant professors in the Department of Nursing at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. Evans is a nursing consultant who specializes in plant-based nutrition and received payment from George Mason University for her work on this project. She is also a member of the scientific advisory board of Good Medicine, a publication of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Contact author: Joanne Evans, joanneevans@verizon.net. The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

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