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About 

Remedy Food Project (part of the Alliance to Repair the American Diet, a 501(c)(3) public charity), exists to support those who are struggling to gain control of their health. We offer innovative 21-day programs, live events and prepared meals. Participants in remedy programs enjoy 21 days with access to fresh produce, prepared meals from local farmers markets, training on how to purchase and prepare meals, as well as ongoing support throughout their journey.

 

Remedy Live Events bring the world's most prominent experts on the whole-food, plant-based lifestyle to a city near you. Faculty members include cardiologists, physicians, chefs and published cookbook authors, ultra-endurance athletes, dietitians, film producers and more. Remedy Prepared Meals will bring all the benefits of the whole-food, plant-based lifestyle to patrons without the hassle of cooking! These healthy, filling, nutrient-dense meals will all be organic and lowfat, and available to be picked up at select locations throughout the metro Atlanta area.

Board of Directors

Benji Kurtz, Founder/Executive Director

The Alliance to Repair the American Diet (now known as Remedy Food Project) was founded by Benji Kurtz. Obese his entire adult life, Benji, along with his wife Claire, watched the film Forks Over Knives in May 2013, and he immediately set out to learn as much as possible about a whole-food, plant-based (WFPB) diet. The WFPB diet includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds and excludes all animal products. Processed foods are minimized, as are any additional salt, oil and sugar.

After reading books by WFPB pioneers such as Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. Colin Campbell, Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Neal Barnard and Dr. Dean Ornish, watching hours of YouTube lectures and reading the research, Kurtz became fully dedicated to changing to a WFPB lifestyle. Over the subsequent 18 months, his weight dropped from 258 to 128 (height 5’ 5”), blood pressure to 109/65, cholesterol to 155, and blood glucose to 83.

 

Benji’s successes were spotlighted in the media, with his story being featured on CNN.com, HLN television, The Daily Mail, and The Globe. He was also honored to be featured as a “Star McDougaller” by Dr. John McDougall. After returning from their second plant-based conference on the west coast (where such conferences happen regularly), Kurtz made the decision to bring the first multiday conference to Atlanta, highlighting the great benefits that nutritional choice can have on one’s health. The first “Food=Medicine Conference” in November 2015 served to educate the public as well as provide continuing education for medical professionals about the growing amount of research that shows that food choice can affect chronic disease (prevention as well as reversal). Even the most optimistic of predictions did not approach the actualized attendance of nearly 400 people.

 

Following the success of the Food=Medicine Conference, the decision was made to rebrand all Alliance to Repair the American Diet activities as Remedy Food Project, including future live events, 21-day programs, prepared food and more.

 

Outside the world of plant-based nutrition, Benji is a serial entrepreneur, with past business successes in web development, online matchmaking sites, and his first love, radio broadcasting. Benji was educated at Emory University and holds a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from eCornell and the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. He and his high school sweetheart Claire live in midtown Atlanta with their cat Mia.

Amanda Baier, Director of Live Events

​​After working in medical research administration and healthcare IT for nearly a decade, Amanda left the corporate world to start her own integrative health practice. As a holistic health coach, corporate wellness consultant, yoga teacher, and energy worker, her mission is to share her passion for people, plants, and positive change.

When not practicing the healing arts, Amanda works with NGOs to improve population health worldwide and volunteers in the Oncology Department at Mt. Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, MA. She holds a dual BA from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst; a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell; and a Certificate in Raw Vegan Cuisine from Matthew Kenney's PlantLab. She is an RYT-200 certified yoga teacher and Reiki practitioner. She is also a fine artist, writer, runner, and avid rock-climber.

Amy Morelli

​​Inspired by Claire and Benji Kurtz, Amy Hawkins Morelli read Forks Over Knives and began her whole-food, plant-based journey in the fall of 2014.  Amy earned a B.A. from Agnes Scott College and a law degree from the University of Georgia.  She is an attorney and lives in Decatur, Georgia, with her husband Stuart, and four-legged fur kids, Winston the dachshund and Tybee the tabby cat.  In her free time she volunteers with the Junior League of DeKalb County and loves to try new WFPB recipes.  She is excited to be a part of Remedy Food Project.

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Board of Advisors

Neil Cooper, MD

Neil Cooper, MD is Chief of Diagnostic Imaging at Kaiser Permanente in Atlanta, Georgia. He practiced Interventional Radiology for 21 years at Piedmont Hospital prior to his current position. Early in his career he realized the interventional techniques  he provided for vascular disease were not treating the underlying cause of atherosclerotic blockages. He now advocates for lifestyle modification and speaks at various forums to promote a plant based diet and exercise. His passion is to help healthcare providers discover the benefits provided by a whole foods plant based lifestyle so they may offer advice to patients.

Rachel M. Kornrich, MD, MPH

Dr. Kornrich graduated summa cum laude from the University of Tennessee with a B.S. in Mathematics and Biochemistry in 2001. She earned her MD from Oregon Health & Science University in 2006 after completing her first two years of medical school at East Tennessee State University. From 2006 to 2009, she completed her residency in Family Medicine, with a concentration in Reproductive Health, at the University of Washington. She has been at Emory University since 2013, completing a second residency in Preventive Medicine as well as her MPH in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education.

 

The Lifestyle Clinic, for which she now serves as Director, has been one of Dr. Kornrich’s major projects during her time at Emory. She has co-developed this new clinical service to engage patients with obesity and chronic disease in modifying lifestyle behaviors. She continually participates in refining the vision and direction of the clinic, practices as a Lifestyle Medicine Physician, and provides oversight of MPH students, medical students, and residents in a variety of clinical and practice development projects.

 

Dr. Kornrich’s clinical interests are in lifestyle medicine, nutrition, preventive primary care, women’s health, contraception, and breastfeeding. She has high-intermediate level competency in Spanish.

Matt Rollins

Matt Rollins is Executive Creative Director at MaxMedia, a design firm based in Atlanta. For over 20 years he has led cross-disciplinary teams with the goal of building strong connections between brands and the people who matter most to them. Matt's clients have included AT&T, IBM, International Olympic Committee, Visa, and Volkswagen. Local clients include Atlanta Beltline, Atlanta Community Food Bank, the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Georgia Tech, and Literacy Alliance of Metro Atlanta. Matt also serves on the boards of The Creative Circus and Good Thinking Atlanta.

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