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Physician, author to discuss plant-based diets and heart disease

by Brandy Warren, communications and marketing last modified Aug 26, 2013 02:38 PM

Physician and author Caldwell Esselstyn Jr. will speak about plant-based diets in two public talks at the University of Louisville and Bellarmine University.

Esselstyn is author of the book “Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease,” where he discusses his patients’ reversals of heart disease by following a low-fat, whole foods, plant-based diet. He was featured in the 2011 documentary “Forks over Knives.” Esselstyn is director of the cardiovascular prevention and reversal program at The Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute.

During his presentations, Esselstyn will explain plant-based food plans. His wife, Ann Esselstyn, also featured in the documentary, will present 10 steps to incorporate plant foods into personal food plans.

Receptions will follow each talk and will include food samples and a book signing with Caldwell Esselstyn.

The talks, which are free but require tickets, are:

- 6 p.m., Sept. 18, Comstock Hall, School of Music, University of Louisville. Reserve free tickets online at

- 7 p.m., Sept. 19, Frazier Hall, Bellarmine University. Reserve free tickets online at

The talks are funded by UofL’s Office of Health Promotion, Bellarmine University, KentuckyOne Health and Baptist Health. Food samples will be provided by Whole Foods.

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