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BGF celebrates National Nutrition Month with online events for people with Parkinson’s

Nutrition programs help people with Parkinson’s manage symptoms and support healthy brain functions

Portland, Ore. (Feb. 3, 2021) – To celebrate National Nutrition Month in March, the Brian Grant Foundation (BGF) is hosting online events to promote healthy eating for people with Parkinson’s. The events will feature Dr. Bethany Tennant, naturopathic physician and certified nutrition specialist, and Chef Kenny James, personal chef to Blazer greats Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, who will provide practical tips and recipes to help people with Parkinson’s gain the benefits of a nutritious diet that aligns with the healthy eating guidelines developed by BGF.

On Tuesday, March 9 at 12 pm PST, Dr. Tennant presents Gut Health and Parkinson’s as part of BGF’s online Expert Q&A series. Digestive issues are common in Parkinson’s and can lead to problems like constipation. The microbiome, composed of all the bacteria that live in the gut, has also been implicated in the pathology of the disease. Dr. Tennant will talk specifically about foods that support gut health to help improve Parkinson’s symptoms.

After the Expert Q&A, Chef Kenny will demonstrate a recipe that includes ingredients that specifically address gut health and Parkinson’s. He will also appear live on BGF’s Instagram that week to talk about the recipe and take questions from the audience.

To learn more and register for BGF’s online events visit

Research suggests that the staples of a Mediterranean diet – vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, fish, olive oil and nuts and seeds – may have health benefits for people with Parkinson’s. Though there is no cure for Parkinson’s, research has shown that healthy eating, combined with exercise and social connections are important for managing the condition and improving quality of life with the disease.


Brian Grant Foundation provides tools to improve the well-being of people with Parkinson’s. BGF was founded in 2010 by former NBA player Brian Grant, who is living with the disease. Learn more about BGF’s programs at

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