Speaker schedule coming soon.
Koushik R. Reddy, MD
Heart to Heart – A Plant Powered Approach to Heart Disease
Dr. Reddy is the director of interventional cardiology at the James A. Haley VA Medical Center. He completed his cardiology and interventional cardiology from Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, NY in 2007. For the past eleven years, Dr. Reddy has worked at the VA hospital in Tampa, FL and has been affiliated with the University of South Florida. He served as the assistant program director for general cardiology fellowship and has won many teaching awards. Over the course of past three years, he changed his focus towards preventive cardiology and has been promoting lifestyle medicine and whole foods plant based diets to prevent, treat and reverse chronic diseases. In addition to general and interventional cardiology, Dr. Reddy is board certified in lifestyle medicine by the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine. He was instrumental in establishing the Veteran Health Administration and Armed Forces working group under American College of Lifestyle Medicine. He will be serving as the national co-chair for this group. In addition, he is a member of American College of Cardiology’s Working Group on Lifestyle and Nutrition. Dr. Reddy also works as an “Education Champion” for a Veteran Health Administration program called “Whole Health.” Through his participation in this program, he is actively involved in promoting lifestyle medicine to the hospital employees and patients. Dr. Reddy has established a lifestyle medicine clinic for cardiology patients. He worked with the office of graduate medical education at the University of South Florida and started a Lifestyle Medicine Interest Group for students at all levels of medical training. After years of treating heart disease with pills and procedures, he is now on a mission to spread the power of lifestyle and whole foods plant based nutrition.
Ana M. Negrón, MD
Intervention practices that prevent and help reverse type 2 diabetes.
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Ana M. Negrón is a bilingual board certified family physician and author of the book Nourishing the Body and Recovering Health: The Positive Science of Food published by Sunstone Press. She owns a nutrition consultation solo practice, volunteers at a free Clinic for the uninsured, and teaches young family doctors the role of food in medicine.
Food is integral to her practice where group cooking is a regular activity. She helps patients transition to a whole foods plant-based diet lowering the inflammation at the root of their illness and reducing the need for medications. In 2017 she received a grant from the Chester County Health Department toward a project to reduce heart disease in the community. In 2017 she created a produce prescription program with the Chester County Food Bank, now in its second year and which runs June to November. In 2016 she was awarded the Dr. Lorna Stuart Founders Award, in 2014 the Champions of the Community Award by the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation, and in 2012 was recognized by the Phoenixville Chamber of Commerce with a Community Betterment Award.
Dr. Negrón is a diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine, member of the Society of Graduated Physicians from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine , serves on the medical advisory board of Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), and is a senior faculty at the Crozer Family Practice Residency in Springfield, Pennsylvania. She holds a a Plant Based Nutrition Certificate from the T.Colin Campbell Nutrition Studies and is a frequent lecturer to lay and professional communities on issues of nourishment and health. Along with her book, much of her written material can be found at www.greensonabudget.org.
American professional wrestler Austin Aries is known across the globe for his work in notable promotions including Impact Wrestling, Ring of Honor (ROH), and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). As a decorated athlete, Aries is the recipient of multiple championship titles including TNA World Heavyweight Champion, Impact X Division Champion, Impact World Tag Team Champion, ROH World Champion, ROH World Tag Team Champion, Impact Global Champion, and Impact Grand Champion.
Aries quickly gained recognition for his athletic ability in the ring and as a color commentator with WWE on RAW, where he appeared weekly. Shortly after competing at Wrestlemania 33 in front of over 75,000 fans, Aries and WWE mutually agreed to part ways, ending their contract in July 2017. Aries decided to use his platform to promote his passion for living a plant-based lifestyle. In 2011, Aries transitioned to a vegan diet after being a vegetarian for 10 years. Since his decision to adhere to a vegan diet, Aries has become an outspoken advocate for the plant-based community, which led him to write his first book “Food Fight” in 2017. The revealing memoir chronicles the athlete’s plant-powered rise to fame as he climbed the ranks in his wrestling career, and his evolution to a plant-based lifestyle. With “Food Fight,” Aries hopes to inspire others to reconsider their food choices and the impact it has on their health, in their lives, and the lives of others. Food Fight is available for purchase at austinariesbook.com.