Top plant-based physician Dr. Neal Barnard has been honored with a major award.
The Medical Society of the District of Columbia (MSDC) presented Dr. Barnard with its Distinguished Service Award at MSDC's 201st Annual Meeting and Reception last week.
The award recognizes his work in promoting prevention and nutrition through MSDC and the American Medical Association.
"He has been particularly focused on improving access to healthy foods in the District," said an official statement.
"As founder of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and the Barnard Medical Center, he has been instrumental in improving federal nutrition guidelines and has led numerous clinical research studies on nutrition, including a groundbreaking study testing the effects of plant-based diets for type 2 diabetes, funded by the National Institutes of Health.
"Dr. Barnard is an adjunct associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences."
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"I am grateful to be able to work with my MSDC and AMA colleagues for better health and nutrition," said Dr. Barnard.
The Physicians Committee is currently sponsoring a campaign in D.C. that includes bus shelter, TV, and radio ads warning residents about the link between processed meat and colorectal cancer.
The Barnard Medical Center regularly hosts free Food for Life nutrition and cooking classes to help D.C. residents fight diseases including heart disease and type 2 diabetes.