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

Physician and author Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr. will speak about plant-based diets in a free public talk at Bellarmine University on Thursday, September 19, 2013, at 7 p.m. in the George G. Brown Center's Frazier Hall.


Dr. EsselstynEsselstyn is the author of the book "Prevent & Reverse Heart Disease," in which 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 presentation, 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. Samples prepared from their recipes will be served at a reception following the event.

ALSO: Esselstyn will speak on Wednesday, September 18, at 6 p.m. in Comstock Hall, School of Music, University of Louisville. For more information, or to reserve free tickets, visit

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

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