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Joan Sabaté, MD, DrPH
Executive Director of the
Center for Nutrition, Healthy Lifestyle & Disease Prevention

Center contact: Laura Lynn Coward
Tel: 909-558-8750, ext. 88750


Cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancers account for 60% of all deaths worldwide, with an estimated 80% of these deaths occurring in low and middle-income countries. These conditions are largely preventable through the adoption of healthy diets, physical activity, and avoidance of smoking.

The Center focuses on elucidating the key dietary and other behavioral factors for the prevention of chronic diseases worldwide. Also, the Center is compelled to focus effort on effective health education programs to improve diet quality and recover a healthy lifestyle in the US and globally.

Researchers at the Center are leaders in the study of the health effects of plant foods, and the home of the world-renowned Adventist Health Study, providing the global community with strong evidence for healthy outcomes, and the prevention of chronic diseases when adopting a plant-based diet. 

Building on the Adventist Health Study’s unique 50 plus years of research in lifestyle and plant-based diets, the Center will pioneer new knowledge and develop innovative, interdisciplinary, translational, and interventional research aimed at reducing the risk, morbidity and mortality of unhealthy diets, sedentarism, and tobacco use related chronic diseases in the US and globally.

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