NOV 11-13, 2016

Dr. T. Colin Campbell

For more than forty years, Dr. T. Colin Campbell has been at the forefront of nutrition research. His legacy, the China Project, is the most comprehensive study of health and nutrition ever conducted. Dr. Campbell is a professor Emeritus at Cornell University and is most well-known for co-authoring the bestselling book The China Study with his son, Thomas Campbell, MD. In addition to his long and outstanding career as an author, scientific researcher, and Cornell professor, Dr. Campbell has been featured in several documentary films. He is the founder of the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and the online internationally-recognized Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate offered by the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies in partnership with eCornell. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board.


Since the publication of The China Study in 2005, Dr. Campbell has given more than 600 lectures in the U.S. and abroad. More recently, Campbell published Whole (May 2013), as well as The Low-Carb Fraud (Feb 2014), and the 2nd Edition of The China Study is scheduled to be released in 2015. He was featured in the very successful 2011 documentary, "Forks Over Knives" and 2015 documentary "PlantPure Nation". Through his ground-breaking scientific research and his on-going efforts to educate the public concerning the benefits of the whole food plant-based lifestyle, Dr. Campbell has positively impacted the lives of thousands of people including health professionals (doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dietitians, etc.), community advocates, caregivers, parents, health coaches, lifestyle counselors, massage therapists, policy makers, athletes, coaches, chefs, vegetarians, vegans, and others who value long term health.

Dr. Michael Greger

A founding member and Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Michael Greger, MD, is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues.  He has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, testified before Congress, and was invited as an expert witness in the defense of Oprah Winfrey in the infamous "meat defamation" trial. He is a graduate of Cornell University School of Agriculture and Tufts University School of Medicine. His latest book How Not to Die became an instant New York Times Best Seller.


He has videos on more than 2,000 health topics freely available at, with new videos and articles uploaded every day.


Brenda Davis, R.D.

Brenda Davis, registered dietitian and nutritionist, is a leader in her field and an internationally acclaimed speaker. She has worked as a public health nutritionist, clinical nutrition specialist, nutrition consultant and academic nutrition instructor. She is the lead dietitian on a diabetes intervention project in Majuro, Marshall Islands. Brenda spent 8 months in Majuro in 2006 and returns for 4-6 week periods every year or two.


Brenda is a past chair of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In July 2007, she was inducted into the Vegetarian Hall of Fame.


A co-author of nine books – award winners, Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition (2014) and Becoming Vegan: Express Edition (2013), and the best-sellers, Becoming Vegan (2000), Becoming Vegetarian (1994, 1995), The New Becoming Vegetarian (2003) and Defeating Diabetes (2003), Dairy-free and Delicious (2001) and Becoming Raw (2010) and Raw-food Revolution Diet (2008).


Brenda lives in Kelowna, British Columbia with her husband Paul.



Douglas J. Lisle, Ph.D.,  Psychologist

Dr. Doug Lisle received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, and taught at Stanford University before becoming the Director of Research for the TrueNorth Health Center in Northern California.  He is the co-author of The Pleasure Trap: Mastering the Hidden Force that Undermines Health and Happiness.  Dr. Lisle also serves as the psychologist for The McDougall Wellness Program, and is in private practice in Santa Rosa, California.  He is the founder of a new perspective in motivational psychology called Esteem Dynamics.

John Pierre

John Pierre is a nutrition and fitness consultant who has devoted more than a quarter century to helping and improving the lives of others through his expertise in the areas of geriatrics, nutrition, fitness, women’s empowerment, green living, and cognitive retainment and improvement. While sometimes referred to as a “Trainer to the Stars” because he trains celebrities, rock-stars, and Fortune 500 Executives, John has a wide range of clientele, including military personnel, hard-core athletes, and many people with diverse backgrounds and fitness levels.


As a pioneer in the area of geriatrics, John Pierre was one of the first to create classes on fall prevention, and help establish the link between diet and balance abilities. His recent and highly-anticipated published endeavor The Pillars of Health was chosen by Dr. Barnard, President of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, as a favorite reading choice.


Along with John’s extensive volunteer commitment to numerous nonprofit organizations, he has devoted countless hours to presenting health-promoting and personal-safety oriented information to the Girl Scouts of America, elementary after-school programs, high-schools, and other higher-level learning institutions and universities.



Thank you to all who attended!

Friday, November 11 EVENING - Sunday, November 13, 2016 AFTERNOON

Emory Conference Center Hotel | 1615 Clifton Road | Atlanta, Georgia  30329



Ron Weiss, M.D.

Ron Weiss, M.D. is the founder of Ethos Health, a farm based healthcare system that connects human health to the natural world and fosters the fundamental connections that exist between all living things. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. As an internist and ER physician for over twenty years, Dr. Weiss has integrated a plant-based diet within his practice to improve the health of many thousands of patients. He has worked in various settings: First as an internist at The World Bank in Washington, D.C. and The Medical Group of Beverly Hills in Los Angeles and then as attending ER physician at UCLA Olive View Medical Center and The General Hospital Center of Passaic and finally, as founder of a busy community medical center in West New York, NJ.
Dr. Weiss received his medical degree from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at George Washington University Medical Center. He holds baccalaureate degrees in botany and music from Rutgers University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
When asked why he has opened a medical practice on a farm, Dr Weiss responds: "I see this farm as an opportunity for me to take everything I've done all my life, all the biology and chemistry of the plants I have grown and studied, and link them to the human biological system."



Chef AJ

Chef AJ has been devoted to a plant-based diet for almost 40 years. She is the host of the television series Healthy Living with Chef AJ which airs on Foody TV. With her comedy background, she has made appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman and more. A chef, culinary instructor and professional speaker, she is author of the popular book Unprocessed: How to Achieve Vibrant Health and Your Ideal Weight, which chronicles her journey from a junk-food vegan faced with a diagnosis of pre-cancerous polyps, to learning how to create foods that nourish and heal the body.


She is the creator of the Ultimate Weight Loss Program, which has helped hundreds of people achieve the health and the body that they deserve.


Chef AJ was the Executive Pastry Chef at Sante Restaurant in Los Angeles where she was famous for her sugar, oil, salt and gluten free desserts which use the fruit, the whole fruit and nothing but the whole fruit.


Chef AJ is also creator of Healthy Taste of LA and the YouTube cooking show The Chef and the Dietitian, and is proud to say that her IQ is higher than her cholesterol. Chef AJ holds a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from eCornell and is a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.



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Ocean Robbins

Ocean Robbins is co-founder and CEO of the 350,000+ member Food Revolution Network, adjunct professor in Chapman University’s Peace Studies Department, and co-author with his dad, bestselling author John Robbins, of Voices of the Food Revolution. His “Food Revolution Summits” have informed, inspired and empowered more than 600,000 participants from every country on earth. Ocean launched Youth for Environmental Sanity (YES!) at age 16, and directed the organization for 20 years. He has spoken in person to more than 200,000 people and facilitated hundreds of gatherings for leaders from 65+ nations. Ocean is a recipient of many awards, including the Freedom's Flame Award and the national Jefferson Award for Outstanding Public Service. Learn more about his work at


Jason Wrobel

Jason Wrobel dishes up a sublime fusion of food and humor to help you live to 100. He focuses on whole foods and big flavors as the author of Eaternity: More Than 150 Deliciously Easy Vegan Recipes for a Long, Healthy, Satisfied, Joyful Life.  Jason turns up the heat on powerful everyday superfood ingredients proven to increase your longevity and serves them up as culinary masterpieces.  With an emphasis on radical simplicity and artful presentation, he imbues his ecstatic food creations with the energy of fresh and organic produce.  The healing properties and outrageous tastes of his dishes have rendered his recipes hands-down favorites among celebrity clients, and regular folk alike.  J-Wro fans Woody Harrelson, Jeremy Piven, Robin Wright, Sigourney Weaver, John C. Reilly, Flea, Steve Buscemi, Isabelle Adjani and Russell Simmons, consistently rave about his delicious and innovative culinary creations.


After graduating from the Living Light Culinary Institute and earning certification as Certified Raw Food Chef and Instructor, Jason went onto to apprentice with the industry’s finest and most revered talents in New York City, Detroit and Los Angeles.  As Executive Raw Food Chef at the award-winning Café La Vie in Santa Cruz, California, Jason highlighted the amazing local produce from Northern California’s central coast, taking innovative simplicity to soaring new heights. His other career highlights include winning the inaugural World’s Best Raw Ice Cream Competition in Los Angeles and being the first vegan chef ever to present live at the prestigious Pebble Beach Food & Wine festival.


Jason hosts the popular YouTube channel The J-Wro Show showcasing healthy recipes, lifestyle transformation tips and epicurean entertainment. His Cooking Channel television series, How to Live to 100, is the first primetime vegan cooking series in TV history, which has taught people worldwide how to prepare easy and nutritious plant-based foods.



Lindsay S. Nixon

Lindsay S. Nixon is the bestselling author of the Happy Herbivore Cookbook Series: The Happy Herbivore Cookbook (Jan 2011), Everyday Happy Herbivore (Dec 2011), Happy Herbivore Abroad (Dec 2012), and Happy Herbivore Light & Lean (Dec 2013). Since 2011, Nixon has sold more than 200,000 books.


Nixon has been featured on The Food Network and Dr. Oz. Her recipes have also been featured in the New York Times, Vegetarian Times magazine, Shape Magazine, Fitness Magazine, Bust, Women’s Health and WebMD, among others. 


A rising star in the culinary world, Nixon is praised for her ability to use everyday ingredients to create healthy, low fat recipes that make eating well easy, affordable, realistic and delicious.


Learn more about Nixon and try some of her recipes on her award-winning blog


Matt Frazier ‘The No-Meat Athlete’

Matt Frazier is an author, entrepreneur, and vegan ultramarathoner, best known as the founder of the No Meat Athlete movement.


Matt and his work have been featured in books including Rich Roll’s Finding Ultra, Brendan Brazier’s Thrive Foods, Seth Godin’s What to Do When It’s Your Turn, and Heather Crosby’s Yum Universe; print magazines such as Runner’s World, Trail Runner, and Canadian Running; and online publications including the Huffington Post, Forbes, Business Insider, WebMD, Shape, Competitor, Copyblogger, and Zen Habits. His first book, No Meat Athlete: Run on Plants and Discover Your Fittest, Fastest, Happiest Self, published by Fair Winds Press, has sold over 25,000 copies and reached #1 in Amazon’s “Running and Jogging” category in October 2013. And in 2015, Greatist named Matt one of the 100 Most Influential People in Health and Fitness.


Matt works full-time on his business, No Meat Athlete, in Asheville, North Carolina, where he lives with his wife, two young children, and two rescued dogs.



Dr. Tom Campbell

In addition to being medical director of the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, Dr. Campbell co-founder and clinical director of the University of Rochester Program for Nutrition in Medicine. The UR Program for Nutrition in Medicine is a groundbreaking, clinically-oriented approach to prevention and treatment through diet and lifestyle changes. A board certified family physician, he also sees patients part time in an traditional primary care practice in Rochester, NY.


Tom is the author of The Campbell Plan, The Simple Way to Lose Weight and Reverse Illness, Using The China Study's Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet. This follows on the heels of his co-authoring, with his father T. Colin Campbell, PhD, The China Study, The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and The Startling Implications for Diet, Weight-Loss, and Long-Term Health. The China Study has sold over a million copies and helped to inspire other successful works, including the documentary Forks Over Knives, released in 2011.

Steven Lawenda, M.D.

Steven Lawenda, M.D. is a board-certified Family Medicine physician in Southern California Kaiser Permanente.  He received his Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry with honors from U.C. Berkeley and his M.D. from UC Davis School of Medicine where he was awarded honors in Family Medicine. He then completed his residency at Brown University/Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island where he was awarded Family Medicine Resident Teacher of the Year.  


With regrettably little education in nutrition, Dr. Lawenda personally struggled with obesity and some of the very same chronic conditions affecting his patients. Worried about his own health and disappointed that he wasn’t a good example for his patients, Dr. Lawenda fortunately discovered the power of plant-based nutrition. Adopting a plant-based diet, Dr. Lawenda successfully transformed his own health and subsequently has inspired many of his patients and colleagues to do the same.  


Recognizing the limitations of traditional office visits, Dr. Lawenda co-created a program called “Life 180” to guide and support patients in making the transition to a plant-based diet. Patients in “Life 180” have successfully reversed many of their chronic medical conditions, reducing their need for diabetes and high blood pressure medication by over 80%, all while improving their quality of life. 


Acknowledging the powerful impact  healthcare professionals can make when they lead by example, Dr. Lawenda also co-led a 21 day plant-based diet challenge for nurses and physicians at his medical center.  Ultimately many of his colleagues were inspired to improve their own diets and now are encouraging their patients to do the same.  For his inspiration and leadership, Dr. Lawenda was honored by his medical group as an “Everyday Hero.” 



David Carter

David Carter, a UCLA grad was drafted into the NFL in 2011 by the Arizona Cardinals. Over the past five seasons he has also played for the Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Chicago Bears. In his third season after being released from the Cowboys the physicality of the sport started taking a toll on his body. Looking for answers on how to heal his injuries David sat down to watch the documentary “Forks Over Knives.” It was then he decided to surprise his vegan wife on Valentines Day with the promise to switch to a compassionate lifestyle overnight. David is now more famously known as The 300 Pound Vegan and is using his platform to be a voice for a healthy lifestyle, the planet, and animals and inspire change everywhere. He is now an international public speaker and a humane educator. David and his wife Paige recently partnered with the non-profit organization Vegan Outreach to consult and create innovative projects for their diversity and community expansion program. David and Paige also founded The 300 Pound Vegan, LLC a company committed to empowering marginalized communities through food. 

Dr. Milton Mills

Milton R. Mills, M.D., serves as Associate Director of Preventive Medicine for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), a North American group of doctors and laypersons dedicated to promoting improved health care, better and more appropriate nutrition, and higher standards in medical research.


Dr. Mills practices outpatient clinic-based medicine in Northern Virginia and works as a Critical Care physician with Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax, Virginia and United Medical Center in Washington DC. His varied experience specializing in Internal Medicine and HIV disease, and in the relationship between nutrition and chronic diseases has made him extensively knowledgeable about the unique healthcare needs of minorities, the challenges of practicing medicine in inner cities, and the special medical and nutritional requirements of HIV+ and AIDS patients.


As an African-American physician focusing on preventive medicine, Dr. Mills has delved into some of the environmental and societal influences affecting the health of African Americans and other racial/ethnic minorities. Dr. Mills has lectured and given research seminars across the United States and in Mexico and Canada on such topics as the negative impacts of meat and dairy consumption on human health; nutrition and HIV/AIDS; nutrition and cancer; and the dietary needs of various ethnic groups. Dr. Mills, who graduated in 1991 from Stanford University School of Medicine, began working with AIDS patients while still in school. He also served as student body president of the medical school, founded the Minority Students' Alliance, and worked as Editor-in-chief and Managing editor of the Stanford Medical School newspaper. He did his internship at the University of California-San Francisco, and completed his residency training at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. Dr. Mills' papers on race and diet have appeared in the Journal of the National Medical Association.


The 24-Carrot Culinary Competition!

Did you hear about what happened in Toronto at our own Vegan "Iron Chef" competition? You DON'T want to miss out in Atlanta!

Hosted by the ever-wild Chef AJ, Jane Esselstyn, Brenda Davis, along with John Pierre and Matt Frazier lit of up the stage with a dazzling array of cooking skills LIVE! Judged by three winning audience members, this event closed the weekend and was SUCH a success ... we're doing it again!