Karen Goodlett MD is an internal medicine doctor, Assistant Physician Program Director of Quality Resource Management and Co-lead of 21-Day Plant Power Challenges sponsored by Kaiser’s Wellness Committee. In this interview she tells a story of how one person, and then a small group of people, made a big difference by bringing plant-based nutrition to Kaiser.
This is how it unfolded:
In June 2013 Dr. Michael Greger (who was on our show last week!) was invited to speak to physicians at Kaiser Permanente regarding “Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death” (https://nutritionfacts.org).
In August 2013 Kaiser organized their 1st 21-Day Plant Power Challenge!
Dr. Goodlett is a participant in the challenge and converts to following a Low Fat Whole Food Plant-based Nutrition Lifestyle by the end of the Challenge.
September 2014 Kaiser had their 2nd 21-Day Plant Power Challenge (PPC). This time Dr. Goodlett is was a Co-Leader of the Challenge.
In January 2015 Dr. Goodlett, along with other PPC leaders, created a webinar which was presented to Kaiser’s National Healthy Lifestyle Group on how to sponsor a 21-Day Plant Power Challenge, which led to other Kaiser Regions around the nation sponsoring 21-Day Plant Power Challenges patterned after their model.
In 2015 and 2016 Kaiser was a major sponsor of the Food as Medicine Conference held at the Emory Conference Center (now re-branded as the Remedy Food Project https://www.remedyfood.org) .
In September 2016 one of Kaiser's Nurses and Dr. Goodlett sponsored a smaller departmental 21-Day Challenge at the Kaiser Headquarters which led to the development of their weekly Plant Power Lunch Support Group at the Kaiser Headquarters.
In November 2016 The Kaiser PPC Leaders assisted The Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine in sponsoring the event - Kickstart Your Health Atlanta ( https://www.pcrm.org/news/news-releases/atlanta-physicians-prescribe-food-medicine-nov-1-health-challenge).
In January 2018 a Kaiser Nutritionist created a Whole Food Plant-based Nutrition Class for Kaiser’s Healthy Living Class offerings to our patients and the public.
In September 2018 Kaiser has their 3rd Plant Power Challenge for which Dr. Goodlett was a Co-Lead yet again.
In May 2019 Kaiser’s Weight Management Program began offering a Plant-based Nutrition Class.