Our meeting coming up in 10 DAYS!
March 30th
At Hyland Software campus
28105 Clemens Road, Westlake, OH
TOPIC: Big brainstorming meeting! Lots of discussion and lots of fun.
We’d love to hear everyone’s ideas.
We want as many members there that we can get so we can have everyone share their thoughts on what you want to see from being a member of PlantBasedCLE. Please join us!


As was discussed during our last meeting, we are trying to give everyone advanced notice of the next three monthly meetings so everyone can plan accordingly. Soooooo … here you go!

March 30th
At Hyland Software campus
28105 Clemens Road, Westlake, OH
TOPIC: Big brainstorming meeting! Lots of discussion and lots of fun. Please join us, we’d love to hear everyone’s ideas.

April 19th
At Heisley Racquest & Fitness Club
6000 Heisely Road, Mentor, OH

May 25th
At Hyland Software campus
28105 Clemens Road, Westlake, OH

All meetings start at 6:30 pm. We will list topics as soon as they are made available for the April and May meetings.

Two weeks until Prevent & Reverse Heart Disease for Women Conference

It’s almost time!!! Get your tickets now for the health conference of a lifetime. This is your chance to take your self and a loved one to get all the knowledge and information on living a heart healthy life. And it’s right in our own backyard!!! See Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn and others discuss the ways to protect your heart and learn cooking tips and see demos by Ann and Jane Esselstyn to help you stay on the right track.  Don’t miss your chance to learn and have a whole lot of fun at the same time!

Click on the link to get your tickets NOW!


February Meeting Notes

News from Wednesday’s Meeting:

At last night’s meeting, we found out that there have been some changes with PBCLE.

We found out that Laurie Kortowich has stepped down as the Board president. We are sad to see her go, but happy that she has found a job she loves in her position with Engine 2. Engine 2 is so fortunate to get all her creativity and energy that we have enjoyed the last few years. Laurie has been so successful with the position that she has been given more and more responsibility and she felt her time to lead our group would be limited. So, we say THANK YOU Laurie! And wish her Good Luck! She plans to still be involved in an advisory role with PBCLE.

Rob Hawkins will take over as the President with John FitzGerald taking over the Vice President duties. Rob and John announced the following new Board members:
Joyce Hale, Secretary
Darlene Kelbach, Treasurer
Brian Hart, Board Member-at-Large

Here are some of the things PBCLE has in the works right now:
1.) We will be resubmitting our paperwork for 501c3 designation
2.) We want to get the meetings back on a regular schedule. We also want to publish, dates, locations, topics and speakers at least 3 months ahead of time.
a. MARCH Meeting – March 30th in Westlake
b. APRIL Meeting – April 19th at 6:30 pm in Mentor
3.) We need to plan our ideas for VegFest on June 3rd in Cleveland
4.) We want to do more screenings, panel discussions, and other educational activities
5.) We need to increase our fundraising
6.) Rob discussed some of his plans for “ World Domination”……. More at later meetings

What all members of our group can do:
a.) Continue to stay active and participate in our Facebook Discussion Group
b.) Attend our monthly meetings regularly
c.) Participate in our brainstorming meeting
i. we really want everyone’s input on what you want to see from being             a member of PBCLE and how you want this group to grow.
ii. We will be having a great brainstorming session at our March meeting in Westlake on MARCH 30th
iii. We’d love to have a big crowd at the meeting to hear your thoughts!
d.) Send us your ideas, thoughts, and success stories. Send to Rob at
e.) Be willing to volunteer when we have events

ALSO……. Don’t forget to register for Jane Esselstyn’s event happening on March 11, 2017 in Lyndhurst. Register and get tickets while they are still available by visiting and clicking on the link for the Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease For Women conference right in the top half of the website.

Keep an eye on the Facebook Discussion Group and our website for more details about the March 30th brainstorming meeting in Westlake! Hope to see everyone there!

Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease For Women Conference

SATURDAY, March 11th, 2017 from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm please join Jane Esselstyn, RN for a day of great information, loads of fun and dancing!

We hope that you can make it to Jane Esselstyn’s plant- based event, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease for Women on March 11th. Not only will we be hearing from Dr. Esselstyn and other leading doctors/researchers about plants and heart health— but the day will also dive into the power of plants to prevent and reverse autoimmune diseases, specifically RA and MS. Here is a link to CODE BLUE, a documentary one of the presenting doctors is in the midst of producing.

Event is located at:

Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute
1950 Richmond Road
Lyndhurst, OH 44124

To register for the event, please visit the Health Care is Self Care website or click on this link:

PLUS: Nurses can get 6.75 CEU’s for attending

Monthly Meeting Announced

Come one, come all!  Our first monthly meeting of the year is scheduled for Wednesday, February 22nd from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at the Mentor Heisley Racquet and Fitness Club.

Come hear about our upcoming plans for 2017 and hear talks on Richard Oppenlanders work and how food choices impact the health of earth as well as our body.  Also get an update on the latest on the Engine 2 Seven Day Rescue program.

The club is located at 6000 Heisley Road in Mentor, OH.

Hope to see you there!

Movie Screening of Food Choices Documentary

PlantBasedCLE will be hosting a FREE screening of Food Choice on November 13th at 4PM. It will be followed by a panel discussion featuring amazing leaders in the Plant Based Movement.

Hope you can join us we have plenty of room at Metrohealth’s Scott Auditorium at 2500 Metro Health Drive, Cleveland.

Open/Registration Start: 16:00
Greetings and Introduction 16:20 – 16:30
Screening: 16:30 ~ 18:02 (1hr 32 minutes)
18:15 – 19:15 Q&A Panel Discussion with Dr. Pam Popper,  Jane Esselstyn, Patricia Slimbarski and Brian Hart

Next Monthly Meeting

All are invited to our next monthly meeting for Plant-Based CLE.  Monthly meeting locations vary!

Thursday, July 28th 2016 at 6:30 PM

Mentor Heisley Racquet & Fitness Club – 6000 Heisley Road in Mentor, OH 44060

This month’s agenda:

Wendy Solganik of Healthy Girl’s Kitchen will share “When Food is More than Nourishment: Taking the Stress out of Plant-Based Living – 8 Lessons Learned”

Theresa Cary, retired Clinical Nurse Specialist at Cleveland Clinic, will share “Food Preparation to Enhance Nutrient Absorption”.  What methods of cooking provide the highest calorie density?

Laurie Kortowich of Engine 2 will share information on the Cleveland program, Engine 2: Seven Day Rescue.

Free event!  All are welcome – bring a friend.


Just Announced! PBCLE to host Engine 2: Seven Day Rescue Info Night!

miller nature


Last fall, through a grant provided by North Ridgeville Heart & Sole, Plant-Based CLE hosted an exciting plant-based pilot program, led by #1 NY Times best-selling author, Rip Esselstyn.  60 people signed up to test the premise of Rip’s new book, Engine 2: Seven Day Rescue Diet where he coached the group on the seven principles of plant-based eating, provided a super-simple eating plan, daily feedback by Engine 2 coaches, and staggering before & after biometric results demonstrating the power of plants in affecting radical health improvement.

On average, participants experienced a 32 point drop in their total cholesterol.  On average!

At each of the following info nights, we’ll show a short film from the 2015 pilot programs, and share the news of how this program will be available beginning in June 2016.  Join us at Miller Nature Preserve in Avon at 6:30 PM on Thursday, May 26th to see if this program is the kick-start you need.

Engine 2: Seven Day Rescue is for people who want to:

  • Lower Cholesterol
  • Lose Weight
  • Lower Blood Pressure
  • Lower Blood Sugar
  • See Real, Measured Results

Visit our facebook event page for additional details or email us at to save a seat.


7-Day Rescue: Plant Based Pilot Programs



October 2015 – Very exciting!  120 people are embarking on a 7 Day, all-in experiment.

What kind of improvement will they see with just one dedicated week of whole foods, plant-based, no oil eating?

Could the changes be, well, Life Changing?

We can’t share many details yet, but there are some amazing success stories in the works!

What’s the deal?

Plant-Based Cleveland works to provide educational opportunities for people to connect with leading experts on plant-based living.  We partnered recently with #1 NY Times Bestselling author, Rip Esselstyn, founder of Engine 2, to host two 7-Day Rescue: Plant Based Pilot Programs, for two very different groups in Cleveland.  Together with Jane Esselsty, R.N. , Rip, who flew in from his home in Austin, Texas, lit a plant-fueled fire under the participants during the launch.  Arming them with an arsenal of information on the exciting 7 days before them, even those who originally scoffed at the idea of “becoming plant-based” were eager to dive in.

This comprehensive project aims to demonstrate how just one week of lifestyle changes can have a profound, measurable impact on one’s health.

There is an incredible amount of buzz surrounding this work – 7 Days with measured results?  How are we doing this?  Stay tuned.  We aim to answer all these and more (big reveal is due 10/15/2015).



 For more information, please email Laurie Kortowich at