16th Annual Diabetes Forum: Plant-Based Eating Patterns for Diabetes

On Friday, March 29, 2019, the Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust hosted the 16th Annual Diabetes Forum, which explored the theme: Plant-Based Eating Patterns for Diabetes and featured a community panel discussion on efforts to increase healthy eating behaviors in the Pajaro Valley

Attended by local healthcare providers, non-profit organizations, and members of the community, the event was generously sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, Palo Alto Medical Foundation/Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center Santa Cruz, Watsonville Community Hospital, Salud Para La Gente and Dignity Health/Dominican Hospital and moderated by Cesario Ruiz of My Mom’s Mole, a business focused on sustaining traditional Mexican cuisine using responsibly sourced ingredients.

The panel of speakers from local nonprofits talked about the process of empowering individuals to make healthier nutrition choices, cultivating participants’ appreciation and openness to fresh fruits and vegetables, and the ways in which their programming works to create a sense of belonging in the community.

The keynote speaker, Meghan Jardine, discussed the benefits of plant-based nutrition for diabetes and offered guidance on how healthcare providers in the Pajaro Valley can implement plant-based eating in their clinical practice. Ms. Jardine ended her presentation with a plant-based cooking demonstration and distributed samples of her delicious chili and coleslaw.


Cooking Demos at the Diabetes Health Center

Join one of our Registered Dietitian/Diabetes Educators for classes on healthy meal prep!

Classes include demos and recipes with an emphasis on incorporating fresh produce into everyday cooking.

Available in English and Spanish, click HERE for full schedule of classes. Fist 10 participants receive the ingredients to make one of the Demo’s recipes!

All classes held in our King Community Room. For questions or to register, phone 831.763.6445.