OU offers online course on vegan living

Veganism is often a misunderstood lifestyle choice. While some still
view it as “new age,” researchers are finding evidence that following a
balanced vegan diet boasts many health benefits while also preventing
major diseases including most cancers, heart disease and type II
diabetes.

This fall, Oakland University School of Nursing will offer the new
professional development course “A Lifestyle Change to Improve Health:
The Vegan Diet.” The seven-week, online course will start in September
and offers a unique self-study module each week.

The course is not just for nurses or Oakland students — anyone
interested in learning about this alternative diet and lifestyle is
welcome to register. Participants will learn how a well-balanced vegan
diet offers benefits beyond the prevention of chronic illnesses that are
often the result of poor diet and lifestyle choices.

Additional benefits include weight reduction, increased energy
levels and better overall health.

Oakland University Instructor Marilyn Mouradjian, MSN, RN, is a
practicing vegan who has long incorporated the benefits of the vegan
diet in her nutrition courses.

“Our culture relies heavily on pharmaceuticals that often have
serious side effects, which can prompt additional medication used to
reduce those side effects. The vegan diet scientifically addresses the
prevention and reversal of many chronic health conditions,” Mouradjian
said.

Those enrolled in the course will enjoy a tasty approach to a wide
variety of foods and menus that can eliminate the need for reliance on
drugs. Instruction is designed to broaden individuals’ dietary
repertoires rather than restrict them.

Mouradjian said, “The vegan diet has the potential to extend an
individual’s health while making delicious choices in their food
selections. There will be wonderful recipes for students, like a French
silk tofu pie.”

For more information about the course or registration, visit www.oakland.edu/pace or e-mail tomouradji@oakland.edu.