Programs and Resources

People who make changes in lifestyle & culinary medicine are from all walks of life.

Rural to urban, low income to wealthy, young to old. Every person comes together to learn, grow, and make healthier choices. Our workshops and support groups teach you how to start making more wholesome life choices and stay that way – from food to stress reduction and everywhere in between.

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Wellness Wednesday Series

This free multi-part series focuses on preventative medicine, setting goals for easy lifestyle changes, and the science behind what makes them work.

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Monthly Plant Based Whole Foods Pot-Luck

Join us for our monthly Plant-Based Whole Foods Potluck! Boost your health with a diet rich in plants—ideal for weight loss, improved immunity, and more. Bring a dish for 8+ people and share the recipe and list of ingredients. Utensils provided.

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Recipes & Cooking Tips

Many of these recipes and tips are provided by our own providers, as well as professional chefs and cooks who know how to create healthy meals with whole foods that taste great, have variety, and meet a budget.

Recommended Cookbooks

  • Better than Vegan; Del Sroufe

  • The China Study Cookbook; Leanne Campbell, PhD

  • The China Study All-Star Collection; Leanne Campbell, PhD

  • The China Study Quick and Easy Cookbook; Del Sroufe

  • Dr. Neal Barnard’s Cookbook for Reversing Diabetes: 150 Recipes Scientifically Proven to Reverse Diabetes Without Drugs; Neal Barnard, MD and Dreena Burton**

  • The Engine 2 Cookbook; Rip and Jane Esselstyn

  • Forks Over Knives, The Cookbook; Del Sroufe

  • Forks Over Knives Family; Alona Pulde, MD and Matthew Lederman, MD

  • The Happy Herbivore Cookbook(s); Lindsay Nixon

  • The How Not to Die Cookbook; Michael Greger, MD

  • No Meat Athlete; Matt Grazier

  • Oh She Glows; Angela Liddon

  • Plant-Powered Families; Dreena Burton

  •  The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook; Ann Crile Esselstyn and Jane Esselstyn**

Please note that some of these books contain recipes that may include oil or high fat plant foods that are not recommended if you are trying to reverse heart disease or diabetes.

Resources marked with ** contain only low-fat recipes.

Recommended Recipe Websites

Remember, just because it’s “vegan” doesn’t mean it’s healthy!

We also recommend the Forks Over Knives App for recipes!


Resources for Plant-Based Eating & Stress Management

Lifestyle & Culinary Medicine is practiced widely and can work in partnership with other medical specialties to achieve better health. A variety of documentaries, books, websites, and podcasts are available to educate and empower anyone looking to learn more about whole food, plant-based living.

See Our Plant-Based Eating Resources

See Our Stress Management Resources

A Healthier You — Together

Making lifestyle changes is not something you have to do alone. The Rochester Regional Health Lifestyle Medicine team collaborates with you, your primary care provider, and specialists to put you on a path to wellness.
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