Global Roots

Revised March 14, 2016:

Recently, LeAnne Campbell, PhD came to speak to our local Eat Smart Live Longer Club meeting, where she spoke in front of approximately 200 people. As my readers may or may not be aware, Dr. Campbell is the daughter of Dr. T. Colin Campbell, who led and wrote about the China Study. During her talk, she talked about the work that her father had done and why it was so important to our overall health. Then she focused on what she and her family ate. And finally, she talked about Global Roots, a nonprofit organization to which she is the Director of the organization.

The mission of Global Roots is to create both local and international communities around the idea of being healthy or vibrant, inclusive and sustainable. This is accomplished through a combination of education, leadership training and networking. Twice a year, Global Roots offers a one week conference in the Dominican Republic. The next conference was scheduled for April 23 to April 30 at the time this was originally written. However, due to the zika virus and due to airfares being significantly increased to the Caribbean, I've been advised that this Spring's conference will be cancelled. Check their website (link above) for details on future conferences.

Besides being in a beautiful Caribbean location, the agenda is always chock full of top notch doctors and health professionals who all understand and promote the whole foods, plant-based way of eating. Typically, the speakers might include Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Chef Del Stroufe, Dr. Kathryn Hayward, Dr. Bruce Monger and Dr. LeAnne Campbell. This is an opportunity to learn and to vacation and play in the sun.

Accommodations appear to be first class with the conference being held at the Gran Ventana Resort. The price includes staying at this four-star resort along with three meals a day being provided buffet style and an open bar during meals. Wow! How many places do you hear of an open bar being served? Also included are two in-country excursions that involve visiting a rural village, a local school, hiking through a small family farm and traveling on a teleferico to a mountaintop botanical garden. With a wide range of lectures and exercise classes, it looks like it can be both a fun and informative week.

WI believe that for those interested in a real immersion into the whole foods, plant-based way of eating, this is a good conference to attend and to learn about this way of eating. It's worth taking note of. And by using a code at checkout, attendees can get 10% off on the cost of the conference. That code is "eatsmart"