M103 | Plant-Based Diets: Making Food Choices to Heal the Planet, Fight Injustice, and Protect Your Health


1:30 pm - 3:00 pm


1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/28 & 3/7 (no class 2/21)

Six Sessions 

This course is offered online via the easy-to-use Zoom program.

Making more vegan food choices can be a powerful way to protect individual health and promote social justice. This course will address the impacts of meat, dairy, and eggs on climate change, animal welfare, and human rights. It will provide guidelines for planning health-promoting plant-based diets and will explore nutrition controversies including those related to soy foods and vegetarian meats. The course will include practical pointers for creating meals based on plant foods and finding vegan food in the Berkshires. 

Ginny Messina is a dietitian with a master’s degree in public health nutrition. She has worked as a public health nutritionist, a college instructor, and an advisor to non-profit organizations. She speaks on plant-based nutrition at events for both the public and health professionals. Her books include Vegan for Life¸ Never Too Late to Go Vegan, and Protest Kitchen and she is the co-author of a textbook on plant-based nutrition for dietetic students, now in its 4th edition.

Course Materials for Session One, 1/24: Plant-based Diets Bibliography and Resources.docxPlant-based Diets Syllabus.docxThe Vegan Pantry.docx and Types of Plant-based Diets and Sample Vegan Meals.docx

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