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'96 Alumnus makes campus stop for National Kale Day

October 05, 2016

Drew Ramsey Author Photo 3_2Drew Ramsey ’96 talks about kale like others might describe a beloved friend or significant other.

In a recent post on his blog, the psychiatrist muses about kale as a “glorious queen of nutrient density.”

But his passion for the hearty cabbage is all in the name of improving America’s health.

“With only 33 calories per cup of raw kale, you get over 100 percent of the daily recommended value of vitamin K, A and C, along with iron, calcium, folate, fiber and protein, plus the many plant-based phytonutrients that protect our health,” Ramsey says.

Ramsey, an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, will return to his alma mater on Wednesday, Oct. 5 for a lecture about eating for a sharper, happier and healthier brain.

The 1 p.m. lecture in Carpenter Hall’s Goddard Auditorium is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

Kaleday -1 (1)The lecture coincides with National Kale Day, which he co-founded four years ago with his friend and chef Jennifer Iserloh. As part of Kale Day festivities, Ramsey will also distribute 4,000 bunches of kale throughout Indianapolis in partnership with Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital. Later that night, Ramsey will take to social media for a Twitterchat about all things kale, including his favorite recipes.

Ramsey is one of psychiatry’s leading proponents of using dietary change to help balance moods, sharpen brain function and improve mental health. He is the author of three books:  Eat Complete, The Happiness Diet and 50 Shades of Kale.

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