Oprah Winfrey’s food safety expert, Michael Greger, MD, and other wellness experts headline a weekend of presentations and other healthy and green-living activities at the seventh annual Green Living Festival, taking place June 22-24 in downtown Rochester.
"Wellness programs are a natural fit for the Green Living Festival," explains Dr. Kerrie Saunders, a nationally known health expert and author who organized the wellness programs and is also one of the presenters.
"In keeping with its 'healthy people, healthy planet' message, this year's festival will offer many programs demonstrating that eco-friendly, green choices are also healthy lifestyle choices."
Michael Greger, MD, an internationally recognized author and presenter on nutrition, food safety and public health, served as expert witness in Oprah Winfrey's defense in the infamous "meat defamation" trial. Currently serving as director of public health and animal agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States, Dr. Greger will present the “Nutrition Game Show,” a lively and interactive look at how food can promote health and prevent disease. His presentation takes place Sat., June 23 at 3 p.m.
Nationally known presenter and best-selling author Kerrie Saunders, MS, LLP, PhD, will speak on the topic of greening your diet on Sun., June 24 at 1 p.m. Her interest in the Green Living Festival comes from an understanding of the connection between healthy food choices and a healthy planet:
“Personal and environmental health really come together at food," says Dr. Saunders. "While the decisions we make about which type of vehicle we drive or what type of home to buy are important, with our food choices, we are making environmental impact decisions every single day."
Other featured wellness presenters include Joel Kahn, MD, director of preventive cardiology and wellness programs at Detroit Medical Center Hospitals, who will address preventing and reversing heart disease through diet on Sat., June 23 at 2 p.m.; and Mumtaz George, MD, medical director of the Birmingham Royal Oak Medical Center, who will discuss lifestyle medicine for optimal health on Sat., June 23 at 1 p.m.
In addition to wellness programs, the Green Living Festival will feature a variety of presentations on green living including local food systems, detoxing your life, biodynamics, the Clean Air Act, yoga, super foods, as well as a variety of kids activities. Program schedules and details can be found at miglf.com/glflearn.
Major sponsors of the Green Living Festival are The Home Depot and Pure Eco Environmental Solutions. Dr. Greger's presentation is sponsored by New Horizons Computer Learning Centers.
The three-day Green Living Festival is one of the largest green/wellness events on the planet, bringing together tens of thousands of people to learn about healthy living and earth-friendly products, services and programs. Featuring more than 200 exhibits and dozens of presentations along with a food court, a parade, Party for the Planet and more, the event celebrates the successes of local individuals, businesses, nonprofits and government programs in growing a brighter, greener future.
Admission is free and open to all ages. Details are available at www.MIGLF.com.