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Let's Beat Breast Cancer offers free virtual vegan nutrition courses with our respected surgeon

WASHINGTON, DC – Celebrity breast cancer surgeon Kristi Funk is hosting free and live virtual classes throughout October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The four-week series is part of the Let’s Beat Breast Cancer campaign, which was sponsored by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a national nonprofit organization of more than 17,000 physicians.

Dr. Funk is a board-certified breast cancer surgeon who co-founded the Pink Lotus Breast Center in Los Angeles. She has helped thousands of women through breast cancer treatment, including a host of celebrities. While writing the national bestseller Breasts: Owner’s ManualDr. Funk’s research led her family to adopt a plant-based diet.

The virtual sessions, which will take place at 8 p.m. EDT Thursday, begin October 6 with an introduction to vegan eating with Dr. Funk and Neil Barnard, chair of the Physician Committee. On October 13, participants can “cook” with “Food for Life” coach Evelisse Capó. A week later, on October 20, Mayo Clinic dietitian Joseph Gonzalez will present “Mocktails and Legend Busters.” The virtual series ends October 27, with Donna Greene Goodman sharing her compelling story of surviving breast cancer for more than two decades, and Karen Crisp and Daryl Crisp, MD, who recently authored Ending Breast Cancer: How We Used Lifestyle Medicine to Help End Breast Cancer.

The courses and events are part of the National Beat Breast Cancer campaign, which is based on a scientifically backed strategy consisting of four main components:

  • Eat a whole food, plant-based diet. Healthy plant-based foods (vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and beans) reduce the risk of breast cancer.
  • Exercise regularly. Physical activity, especially vigorous exercise such as running and brisk cycling, reduces the risk of breast cancer.
  • Limit alcohol. Alcohol increases the risk of breast cancer.
  • Reach and maintain a healthy weight. Excess body weight increases the odds of developing breast cancer after menopause.

Entrants who want to dive into the four-week challenge can sign up here. In addition to free courses and other resources, participants will be entered into a weekly raffle for a variety of special prizes, including a Vitamix blender, a range of DIY mocktails, and swag, including T-shirts, yoga mats, and cookbooks.

The events are open to all and more details can be found at

Invisible Vegan, Mama’s, Mary’s Gun Crackers, Pink Lotus, Soap Girl, Green Fair Organic Cafe, Emerman Angels, and Vitamix are among the dozens of organizations taking part in the campaign.

For those interested in more hands-on opportunities to learn about a plant-based diet, during October, the Food for Life Lessons Series: Let’s Beat Breast Cancer will honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month with courses that will be taught in twenty countries across the country.

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