Thursday 22 June 2022 at 7pm BST

Plants for Joints

with Wendy Walrabenstein, RD and Carlijn Wagenaar, MD

Hosted by Rohini Bajekal, Nutritionist & Board Member of Plant-Based Health Professionals UK
(CPD Accredited with 1 CPD Hour from the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine and CME accredited for the LM MOC)

Researchers Wendy Walrabenstein, RD and Carlijn Wagenaar, MD will present “Plants for Joints.” This randomized controlled trial assessed the effectiveness a multidisciplinary lifestyle programme with a plant-based diet in people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or osteoarthritis (OA) and metabolic syndrome. The presentation will focus on the methodology, health outcomes, process evaluation, steps towards implementation of this lifestyle program, and practical take home messages.

What will I learn from this webinar?

  • The relationship between rheumatic diseases such as RA and OA and lifestyle behaviours
  • The health effects seen in people with RA or OA who follow a lifestyle programme such as Plants for Joints (whole-food plant-based diet, exercise, stress & sleep management)
  • Lifestyle changes to recommend to people with rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthrosis
  • Barriers and facilitators for people with RA and OA as well as health care professionals when implementing sustainable lifestyle changes
Plants for joints - Wendy Wahrabenstein and Carlijn Wagenaar

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About the speakers

Wendy Walrabenstein, RD and Carlijn Wagenaar, MD are PhD students at Amsterdam UMC and researchers at Reade where they work on the Plants for Joints project under the direction of Prof. Dr. Dirkjan van Schaardenburg.

After studying economics, Wendy worked in international finance for 15 years. After this, she trained as a dietician at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam, where she is now also a lecturer-researcher. Wendy wrote the book Food Body Mind as preliminary research for Plants for Joints which she developed together with Dirkjan. She works from her own lifestyle therapy practice and is also a board member of the Physicians Association for Nutrition in the Netherlands.

After a childhood spent practicing elite sports in the United States, Carlijn studied medicine in Groningen (The Netherlands), where she gained interest into the effects of (plant-based) nutrition on health. Before graduation, she had already joined the Plants for Joints team, working initially as a research associate, and, after graduating as a medical doctor, starting as a PhD student in 2021. She is also a board member of the Physicians Association for Nutrition in the Netherlands.


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