For the first time the Okanagan Health Forum is bringing one of its popular semi-annual events to Lake Country.
On Sunday, March 4, the Creekside Theatre will host a panel of experts on disease prevention through nutrition as well as a showing of the 2011 film, Forks Over Knives.
As part of the panel, one of the stars of Forks Over Knives and author of The Engine 2 Diet, Rip Esslestyn, will be present via Skype.
The Okanagan Health Forum is a not for profit organization sponsored by the Canadian Health Action Association. The forum has two goals, to promote lifestyle changes that will benefit the health of Canadians and educate health professionals about lifestyle nutrition. Events, like the upcoming evening at the Creekside Theatre, are the primary way the organization reaches people.
“We are hoping it sells out,” said Katherine Jassmann, event coordinator.
That is a reasonable expectation when the event is held at the 800-seat Kelowna Community Theatre it is typically packed. The goal in Lake Country is to host an informative evening that reaches the community.
The first part of the evening is the movie, Forks Over Knives. The film has caught the attention of the nutritional world as it proclaims to examine, “The profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.”
Following the movie the expert panel will have a Q & A with the audience. Members of the panel include Brenda Davis, Okanagan author of seven acclaimed books about various nutrition topics; Roger Crittenden, a family practice physician who teaches in the UBC Family Practice Residents Programme, and has a special interest in nutrition; and members of the Complete Health Improvement Program.
Local vendors will be in the lobby of Creekside Theatre with a good selection of plant-based foods for sale. At the end of the evening door prizes from vendors will be awarded.
Tickets for the evening are $5 each and will be available at Choices Market or Nature’s Fare Market in Kelowna starting Feb. 16.
Jassmann says that as a nonprofit society the OHF is only looking to cover base costs. “Ticket prices are really low so everyone who wants to can come.”