‘Food is Medicine for Diabetes: A Nutrition Symposium for Community and Health Professionals’ to be held in Flagstaff on Nov. 16

| October 1, 2019

By Native Americans for Community Action

FLAGSTAFF — A “Food is Medicine for Diabetes: A Nutrition Symposium for Community and Health Professionals” will be held from 7:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16 at Coconino High School, 2801 n. Isabel St., Flagstaff. View Map

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Community and Health Professionals are welcome to attend both sessions.

This symposium will examine the evidence supporting plant-based dietary patterns for general and Native American populations for diabetes prevention and treatment. Additionally, we will also explore key nutritional considerations when providing nutritional counseling on plant-based dietary patterns, explain the limits of risks associated with medications for type 2 diabetes, and identify behavioral and motivational principles to initiate and sustain lifestyle changes that promote health.

Morning Session:

  • 7:15-8:00 AM Registration and Nutritious Indigenous Breakfast
  • 8:00 AM  Welcome
  • 8:15 AM  Neal Barnard, MD
  • 9:00-9:20 AM What My Doctor Didn’t Tell Me – Marc Ramirez, Former University of Michigan Football Player
  • 9:20-10:05 AM The Power of Your Plant-Based Plate – Maggie Neola, RDN
  • 10:05-10:20 AM Break
  • 10:20-11:00 AM Medications for Diabetes: The “Whys” and “Hows” of Using Less – Caroline Trapp, DNP
  • 11:00-12:00 PM Strategies for Behavior Change That Lasts – Shipra Bansal, MD and Michelle Gorman, RDN


  • 12:00-1:15 PM Nutritious Indigenous Luncheon (provided to all attendees)

Afternoon Session:

  • 1:15 PM “Let’s Kick Diabetes Out of Indian Country” – Marc Ramirez, Former University of Michigan Football Player
  • 1:40-2:30 PM Panel of Local Experts: Cooking and Eating in the Beauty Way – Panel Discussion
  • 2:30-3:30 PM Magic 8 – Kinlani Bordertown Dormitory Students
  • 3:30-3:55 PM World Movie Premier: Native Youth Take Over the Food Network
  • 3:55-4:15 PM Performance by Comedian Ernie Tsosie
  • 4:20-4:30 PM Closing Remarks

3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™  are available for Health Professionals in the Morning Session Only.

Disclosure: In the interest of complete disclosure, the speaker(s) at this CME Activity and the committee involved in the planning of this activity have signed a financial disclosure form and has no conflict of interest with any commercial entities or products that may have an interest in this program. Mr. Ramirez has disclosed he is a consultant for Chickpea and Bean and Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. This is intended to make you aware of the faculty’s interests, so you may form your own judgments about such materials.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Arizona Medical Association (ArMA) through the joint providership of Flagstaff Medical Center and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. The Flagstaff Medical Center is accredited by ArMA to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


The Flagstaff Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.75  AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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