Food for Life – Diabetes Initiative

Food for life diabetes initiative

Join us, Canan Orhun and Didem Varol for a 4-class webinar series that explores how a whole-foods, plant-based diet can not only prevent type 2 diabetes but can also help manage the disease and, in some cases, lead to remission from the disease. We explain the science behind how a whole-foods plant-based diet works. We also provide practical tips on how to make the healthy choice the delicious and easy choice for the long-term!

This series will feature:
✓ Step-by-step methods for using diet changes to control diabetes
✓ Recipes, meal plans, and shopping tips
✓ Inspiring testimonials and success stories
✓ And more!

This is part of the “Food for Life” programme, a world-renowned nutrition education programme designed by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. We are also fortunate to have the support of Plant Based Health Professionals UK for the promotion of the programme.


Diabetes is on the rise everywhere and Turkey is no exception. Yet many people are unaware that type 2 diabetes is largely a disease of over-nutrition and sedentary lifestyles. Our programme aims to show you that type 2 diabetes can be prevented, and complications can often be avoided or treated with a change in lifestyle.

Who should join?

Anyone can register but the programme is targeted towards Turkish speaking adults located in Turkey or abroad who currently have type 2 diabetes, prediabetes, a family history, or risk factors for developing diabetes. In addition, we welcome Turkish health care professionals who want to learn the basics of plant-based nutrition for preventing and treating diabetes. The programme will be delivered simultaneously in English and Turkish.


This programme will be delivered online. A zoom link will be sent to registered participants.

The programme will be live on the given dates and times, it will not be recorded.


Class name Date and Time (Turkey – local time)
Introduction to How Foods Fight Diabetes Sunday, November 7 (4:00 – 6:00 PM), 2021
Understanding Type 2 Diabetes Sunday, November 14 (4:00 – 6:00 PM), 2021
World Diabetes Day
Designing a Diet for Maximum Weight Control Sunday, November 21 (4:00 – 6:00 PM), 2021
Diabetes Care from Head to Toe Sunday, November 28 (4:00 – 6:00 PM), 2021

Who are the instructors?

The instructors are Didem Varol and Canan Orhun. Didem is a Registered Dietitian and Food for Life instructor. Didem’s website is: Canan is also a Food for Life Instructor and has personally transformed her health through a plant-based lifestyle. Canan can be found on Instagram @plant_based_travels_piedmont

How can I register?

E-mail Canan or Didem

There is limited space so be sure to register as soon as possible. Registrations will be filled on a first-come first-serve basis.


There is a nominal fee for this programme of 200 TRY (£16.50). We require that all registered participants pay the fee by October 31st, 2021.

Programme survey

These classes are developed by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and sponsored by a grant from VegFund. So that these classes can continue, there will be a brief, online class survey that we will ask you to complete during the last class.

Ongoing support

Throughout the duration of the programme and beyond, we will invite our participants to a private Facebook group where we can continue to support you on your journey to a healthier lifestyle!

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