Diabetes, Heart Disease – Is it your DNA or your DINNER?

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Diabetes, Heart Disease – Is it your DNA or your DINNER?

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Are you worried that you might get diabetes since your family has a history?

Are you wondering if you are DOOMED to a lifetime of medications and complications?

85% of chronic disease today is caused by unhealthy lifestyle choices, according to the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.

The World Health Organization says 80% of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes and 40% of cancer could be prevented, primarily with improvements to diet and lifestyle.

Come join us in this FREE webinar on how to use Lifestyle Medicine to prevent and reverse chronic diseases such as Diabetes, hypertension, and prevent cardiovascular disease, among many others.

Diabetes, Heart Disease – Is it your DNA or your DINNER?
by Dr. Shikha Merchia, MD, FACP, dipl ABLM

Followed by a

Brief introduction to AIM to PreventTM program
by Mr. Amit Akkad, ICC Director, and Lifestyle Program Ambassador

On Saturday April 2nd, 2022 from 10 AM to 11:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

What you will learn:

  • Learn what causes diabetes
  • Learn how to prevent diabetes
  • How to reverse diabetes once it is diagnosed

Registration is required, click here to register

You will receive a link to the web-based seminar once you register

Feel free to reach out to us – lifestyle@ouricc.org – if you have any questions.


Our speakers

Dr Shikha Merchia, Diplomate of American Board of Lifestyle Medicine

Shikha Merchia, MD, diplABLM is Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and a diplomate of the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine. She provides primary care / Internal Medicine, with a focus on Lifestyle Medicine and Obesity Medicine.

She completed medical school from Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, India. She has been practicing Internal Medicine and primary care since 1998. Her clinical interests include management of obesity and its related conditions and utilizing lifestyle changes to accomplish this. In furthering these interests, she recently became Board certified in Lifestyle Medicine.

She has completed a Plant Based Nutrition certificate from eCornell Center for Nutrition Studies with Dr. T. Colin Campbell. She has completed Harvard Medical School’s Culinary Health Education Fundamentals (CHEF) Coaching an evidence-based program focused on culinary coaching-–a novel approach to improve nutrition that combines culinary training, health coaching principles, and telemedicine tools and resources. She has also done the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) a powerful disease reversal solution. It disrupts rising chronic disease rates and has driven positive health outcomes for tens of thousands of participants nationwide. This proven approach enables participants to make fundamental lifestyle changes and lowers key risk factors within 12 weeks.

She has been Featured by MamaSezz.com, a Whole Food plant-based Meal delivery Service

She is a speaker for the Nonprofit, Indian Circle of caring, in Massachusetts, speaking about Chronic lifestyle disease and diet in South Asian people.

She has also partnered with the Nonprofit Jivinii research foundation that is a qualitative research program focused on low-income women and women of color in underserved contexts exploring the relationship between their food choices and resilience, and triggers and barriers against healthy lifestyle changes

The research project GAIA is still underway, but it was conducted to explore people’s food choices and impact on severity of COVID-19.

Dr. Merchia is a lifelong vegetarian and has started a plant-based diet since mid-2020. She has a keen interest in cooking and creating recipes. One of her recipes was featured in the CHEF coaching Newsletter of the institute of lifestyle medicine at Harvard Medical School. Her inspiration for creating recipes comes from her parents, who have been collecting and experimenting with recipes since she was little.

She has an Instagram account that she regularly posts her recipes on, to inspire others to Prepare Whole food Plant based meals themselves.

You can follow her on @doc_inthekitchen

Mr. Amit Akkad

Mr. Amit Akkad is an experienced senior business executive in the IT industry. He has managed multi-million-dollar businesses with proven track record of growing profitable revenues. He is recognized as a business leader with excellent strategic, analytical, communication and operational skills.

Mr. Akkad is Director of ICC and Lifestyle Ambassador serving our community. For the past several years, he has also been working with multiple non-profit organizations in India to inspire, educate and improve lives of the children of impoverished rural communities.


April 2, 2022
10:00 am - 11:30 am