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Plant-Based Lifestyle Medicine Program

For an appointment, call (347) 507-3695

Dr. Michelle McMacken, director of the NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue’s Plant-Based Lifestyle Medicine Program

Are you living with:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Prediabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Health concerns related to obesity

Would you like to learn how to become healthier through lifestyle changes?

The Plant-Based Lifestyle Medicine Program can help!

You will have access to our team of experts, including a plant-based doctor, a registered dietitian, and a health coach, who will work with you to create a personalized plan to “upgrade” your lifestyle.

We focus on six aspects of lifestyle change: a healthy plant-based diet, physical activity, stress reduction, sleep health, social connections, and avoidance of risky substances such as tobacco.

Our program involves individual appointments and weekly group classes. Both components are important for your success. We also offer educational materials; cooking demonstrations; classes on grocery shopping, meal planning, meal preparation, exercise, sleep, and stress management techniques; and the chance to connect with others who are making lifestyle changes.

We’ll guide and support you in adopting healthy lifestyle habits. You don’t need to be ready to change overnight. Schedule an appointment to see how we can help you get healthier – call the Plant-Based Lifestyle Medicine Program at (347) 507-3695.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a plant-based diet?

A plant-based diet is a diet centered around vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, lentils, peas, nuts, and seeds. It minimizes or avoids animal foods, sweets, and highly processed foods.

A plant-based diet has many health benefits:

  • Can lower cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar
  • Reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers
  • Can help with weight loss
  • Decreases inflammation in the body
  • May reduce the need for medications

Do I have to change to a plant-based diet to join this program?

To join this program, you should be interested in moving towards a more plant-based diet. But we welcome you even if you are not ready to go 100% plant-based. Our team will work with you to make changes at whatever pace you are comfortable with.

How does the program help with other lifestyle changes?

We offer individual and group training on exercise, sleep health, mindfulness, stress reduction, and overall well-being. Our group sessions also provide social support.

What is the time commitment to participate in this program?

You should be prepared to participate at least once a week over a several-month period. Keeping in regular contact with our team will help you be more successful in making lifestyle changes.

Who is eligible to join this program?

Adults with type 2 diabetes, prediabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and/or health concerns related to obesity are eligible to join this program.

Do you accept insurance?

NYC Health + Hospitals / Bellevue accepts many insurance plans. Some program services may not be covered by your plan. Our finance team is available to discuss your individual situation.

If I join this program, do I need to change my primary care doctor?

Some insurance plans may require patients to choose a primary care doctor at Bellevue in order to join this program.

Can this program help me reduce my medications?

Our primary goal is to help you optimize your health, lower your risk of disease complications, and improve your overall well-being. Our doctors will review your medications and recommend adjustments as needed. Our emphasis is on helping you adopt the healthiest possible lifestyle.


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