Brooklyn President Eric Adams Launches 12-Week Vegan Diet Program With Local Clergy

Adams collaborated with The Brooklyn Hospital group of Brooklyn clergy for the initiative
Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams and local clergy
Eric L. Adams kicks off his Clergy Healthy Lifestyle Challenge (Photo: Erica Sherman/Brooklyn BP's Office)

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams has launched a 12-week vegan diet challenge in collaboration with The Brooklyn Hospital group of Brooklyn clergy.

The Clergy Healthy Lifestyle Challenge, which began this month, is aimed at involving faith leaders in a healthy lifestyle program that they can then share with their communities.

The program combines President Adams' belief in both preventative lifestyle medicine, and the role clergy can play in influencing public health outcomes via their congregations.

Plant-based support

"Our faith leaders are in a unique position to support us mind, body, and soul," said Borough President Adams in a statement sent to Plant Based News.

"By modeling healthy behaviors and guiding their congregations in wellness and spirit, they have the opportunity to restore hope for those struggling with their health. My own health seemed hopeless a little over two years ago. I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, nearly lost my vision, and had permanent nerve damage.

"But after I switched to a whole food plant-based diet, my symptoms reversed in just three months. I'm excited to welcome members of Brooklyn’s clergy on this health journey so they, too, can experience the transformative power of food and share it with their members."

A plate of vegetable pasta
Adams is a firm believer in a wholefood plant-based diet

Excited to start

Participating clergy were supplied with several healthy plans - a plant-based/vegan diet plan being among them.

"Our healthcare providers actively promote healthy lifestyles and diets to our patients," says Dr. Abraham of TBHC.

"We are very excited to be part of this dynamic initiative where we will measure the weight-loss progress of the participants and supply ongoing support and education every week at the hospital."

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