Martha Bergner & Kathleen Rose
Martha Bergner & Kathleen Rose

Two members of the Healthy You Network will be featured in the July wellness lecture at Academy Village Wednesday afternoon (July 10).

The network provides education to residents of Southern Arizona about the lifelong health benefits of whole, plant-based food.

Open to the public free of charge, the program is sponsored by the Arizona Senior Academy and will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the Great Room of the ASA Building.

Dr. Martha H. Bergner, a chiropractic physician, and Kathleen Rose, health educator and hygienist, will speak on the topic “Whole Plant-Based Nutrition:  Healthy Food for a Healthy Life.”

Bergner received a bachelor’s degree in medical technology from the University of Wisconsin, a doctorate in chiropractic from Life Chiropractic College West and a certificate in plant-based nutrition from Cornell University.  She has eaten as a vegetarian since 1977, as a vegan since 1990, and has pursued a whole food plant-based diet for the past year and a half.

Commenting on her perspectives on diet, Bergner said “I am in a unique position to see the differences among those three lifestyles. I enjoy sharing this important information because it has positive ramifications for personal health, our economy, world hunger, the health of our planet, and the welfare of non-human animals.”

Kathleen Rose received a B.S. degree in health education and general hygiene studies in nutrition from East Tennessee State University and a certificate in plant-based nutrition from Cornell University.  She has lived in the Tucson area for more than 30 years where she is a representative of Juice Plus, a company that produces whole foods as capsules and soft chews.

The Whole Food Network describes the ideal plant-based regimen as emphasizing vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes and beans. Nuts, seeds, and avocados are used sparingly.  There is an emphasis on unprocessed or minimally processed foods, and all animal products, including dairy, eggs and fish are excluded.

A person following a healthy whole food, plant-based regimen also strives to exclude all added oil and to use minimal amounts of added salt and sugar, according to the network’s definition of the ideal diet.

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Lectures Cite Plant-Based Diet Benefits: July 2013
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