How Not to Die Program Series

Looking to make some changes in the New Year? Join us for the How Not to Die program series. Weekly presentations about healthy living and finding your best health will be offered by local medical, fitness and cooking experts.

No registration required for any of the programs.  For more information contact the Information Desk at 309-524-2470. 


How Not to DietHow Not to Diet; the Relationship Between Food and Chronic Disease with Beth Bryant, DPT

Monday, January 7th 6-7:15 PM

Beth is an orthopedic physical therapist who has been in practice for 35 years. She attended Augustana College for her undergraduate and Northwestern University for her PT degree. Later she received both an MBA and a Doctorate in PT from St. Ambrose University.

Beth is certified by E-Cornell in “Plant Based Nutrition”. She has multiple certifications from Wellness forum Health including, “Food Over Medicine” and several “Diet and Lifestyle” certifications. She is a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine. In her own life, she has seen the power of plants in lowering her cholesterol, blood pressure and increasing her energy level.


Whole FoodWhole Food Plant-Based Cooking 101 with Demo with Anne Haring

Monday, January 14th 6-7:15 PM

Anne is the owner of Recipe for Life and a whole food, plant-based cooking coach. In 2011, after 15 years as a demo chef, she discovered the power of eating a WFPB diet to prevent and reverse chronic disease. She regained her health and personally understands the struggle of transitioning to this amazing way of eating. Anne is passionate about helping others learn to make simple and delicious whole, plant-based food so their journey to better health is filled with support, excitement and success! Find out more at Anne's website.


PopeyePopeye or Wimpy: Fitness and Functionality on a WFPB Lifestyle and Eating Healthy on the Road with Teri and Del Preston

Monday, January 21st 6-7:15 PM

Del and Teri started this journey about 6 years ago after watching Forks Over Knives and reading The China Study. Even though they were already attending classes regularly at the Y, they quickly felt improvement and all areas of physical activity. They stay fit by running marathons, ultras, Ragnar relays and cycling (RAGBRAI). Del received medical validation when he went from taking 8 medications a day to needing none over several months.
In addition to Teri’s work travel of 12-14 weeks a year, they also enjoy visiting any destination with an opportunity to explore the area with a running event or cycling on the bike trails. Since whole food plant-based food is not readily available in most cities or off most highways (on road trips), they’ve discovered delicious ways to keep this healthy eating lifestyle even when they are away from home.


Lifestyle MedicineLifestyle Medicine: Putting Evidence into Action to Rebalance the Health/Disease Equation with Dr Cheryl True

Monday, January 28th 6-7:15 PM

Dr Cheryl True is a Quad Cities native, a graduate of Augustana College, and the University of Iowa College of Medicine. She is Board Certified in Family Medicine, and was honored to be one of the first 204 physicians recognized as diplomats with Board Certification in the new, growing specialty of Lifestyle Medicine. She understands the importance of traditional medical care, but is concerned that it isn’t halting the rising tide of chronic diseases related directly to our lifestyle choices. Traditional care tends to treat the symptoms, but not the root causes of many problems plaguing us today. By practicing the principles of Lifestyle Medicine, she feels she has a powerful tool to prevent, treat and reverse disease by thinking outside the clinic, empowering individuals, building community, and educating not only the public, but physicians and other health care professionals as well. She sees a future where the healthy choice is the easy choice, benefitting not just human health, but the health and well-being of animals, and the entire planet as well.