Changing America one city at a time

On a chilly Saturday morning a couple of weeks ago people were waking up to the sound of alarm clocks all over northern Indiana to attend an all-day Health Immersion at First Assembly in Fort Wayne. It was 7:45 am when I pulled into the church parking lot, and the atmosphere was charged with excitement as lines were already forming for when the doors would open at 8:00. The cold weather didn’t seem to deter anyone. Simultaneously, the catering company across the street was busy prepping 640 nutritarian box lunches to serve at noon. 


My hometown city, Fort Wayne, Indiana, made national news headlines this past fall. Besides earning the reputation several years ago of being one of the most obese cities in the country; in November we earned the title of being the second most artery clogged city of a metropolitan population over 200,000. Considering incoming flights into Fort Wayne International Airport are greeted with a cellophane wrapped cookie upon arrival, and we actually celebrate an annual summer festival with “Junk Food Alley”, it’s no surprise that our claim to fame is disease.

However, history was made on March 10th when Dr. Fuhrman spent an entire day covering topics such as “Core Concepts”, “Changing Perceptions of Hunger”, “Preventing and Reversing Hypertension, Heart Disease and Diabetes”, “Practical Tips”, “Super Immunity”, and answering personal questions. Myths such as the value of high biological protein, and needing doctors for protective heart health were demolished. Instead, a complete paradigm shift took place in the minds of participants as Dr. Fuhrman instructed how to obtain wellness and health through self-care and personal responsibility; not medical care. 

To be quite honest, when the idea was first suggested to invite Dr. Fuhrman to our city to speak about nutrition and health, some didn’t think very many would be interested in giving up a Saturday to learn about nutrition and wellness; let alone pay a fee to attend. When over 600 people registered for the event, minds were changed! AND even those who attended commented afterwards that they wish they would’ve invited their co-workers, neighbors, relatives, pastors, and entire churches; wanting Dr. Fuhrman to return so they can invite others next time! Needless to say, the catering company was inundated with positive comments also. The day was a huge success.  

Even in one of the most disease promoting cities in the country, people were desperate for Dr. Fuhrman’s message ~ he was welcomed with open arms. We may not have a Whole Foods Market in our city yet, or organic farmers’ markets on every corner, but we are changing! 

The change of one is a transformation. The change of many is a revolution. The revolution is definitely happening; one city at a time!   

  • For information about hosting an all-day Health Immersion with Dr. Fuhrman in your city please contact  


image credits; top picture by Steve Federspiel, nutritarian box lunches picture by Don Hall's catering; all others by Emily Boller 

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Kristie C - March 22, 2012 2:26 PM

This was really life changing for me. Since March 10th I have not ate processed food, dairy, meat or sugar! I have lost 10 lbs:) Never felt better! Thanks Dr Fuhrman for coming to Indiana!

Ron Hawkins - March 22, 2012 3:03 PM

I had the privilege of attending this event and was pleasantly surprised...I admit that this wasn't my first idea of a way to spend a precious Saturday day off, but discovered that the information was surprisingly convincing and understandable. My wife and I have taken up the challenge for Health..As a pastor I believe that we are to take care of our bodies but wasn't sure that involved changing everything I ever thought about food. Thanks Emily and Dr. Fuhrman for a great day and growing health.

Bruce Jones - March 22, 2012 3:03 PM

I would go back anytime to Ft. Wayne to listen to Dr. Fuhrman speak. Even just a one day presentation is motivating and full of vital and useful information.

Emily Boller - March 22, 2012 3:20 PM

Yeah Kristie! Good for you! I'm getting feedback from several who have already dropped between 5-8 lbs since March 10th.

Congratulations to all ~ keep up the great job!

And to my pastor, Ron Hawkins, thanks for that inspirinational message four years ago that encouraged me to "throw off everything that hinders" and to run this life's race with perseverance. I guess I was paying attention, because I dropped the 100 lbs that was entangling me! :)

Joyce - March 22, 2012 3:41 PM

Thank you to all involved in putting this event together and a huge thanks to Dr. Fuhrman for agreeing to do it. It made a huge impact on me to hear him say what I'd read.

Suzanne Goldberg - March 23, 2012 12:21 PM

Okay Emily, now that you suggested Boston be on the map for a Dr. Fuhrman Immersion, I've picked up the ball and spoke to Randi. I hope you don't mind - I'll be contacting you because I have a couple questions regarding how do I plan this event! Thx

Emily Boller - March 24, 2012 9:07 AM

That's great Suzanne! It does take a strong support team and an army of volunteers to successfully pull it off, but it is one of the most worthwhile endeavors that one can ever do for the betterment of a city or community. America is changing . . . . one person, one community at a time.

Bruce Jones - March 29, 2012 7:06 PM

If Emily by herself chose to give a one day presentation at her church on a high nutrient dense lifestyle I would attend that too.

Emily Boller - March 29, 2012 8:18 PM

Aw, that's a nice comment Bruce, but high-nutrient eating is best taught by the expert on the topic, Dr. Fuhrman, hands down! He's a Board Certified Family Physician who specializes in nutritional and lifestyle medicine.

I'm not. :)

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