PP#43: Sharon McDowell-Larsen, Ph.D. – Breaking down the science of a plant-based diet

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If you are a vegan like me without a masters or Ph.D. in science, biochemistry or nutrition, it can be challenging to convince skeptics that a plant-based diet is optimal for longevity, health, chronic disease prevention and athletic performance. Even if you are someone who likes to do research in medical and health journals, we only have so much time to read hundreds of pages of scientific papers. So who do we go to to trust and understand the science behind the benefits of a vegan diet…people like Sharon McDowell-Larsen.

Sharon received a Master’s and Ph.D. in exercise physiology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her graduate research examined the impact of exercise and training on immune function. She was born in Zimbabwe, spent her childhood in South Africa, attended high school in Canada, and taught English in Costa Rica during college. For over 25 years she has competed nationally and internationally as a triathlete, runner, and a professional mountain biker. She also enjoys yoga, snowboarding and Nordic skiing.

Sharon came to Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) after three years of working with elite athletes at U.S. swimming, and the US Olympic Committee’s Sports Science Division. While there she was involved in research related to athletic performance, and the effect of stress on elite athletes.

She has presented to and worked with clients such as SAIC, DOW Chemical, Mars, Women in Cable and Telecommunications, Sodexo, the U.S. Navy, Pfizer, Nexen and General Motors. Sharon has written and been quoted in numerous articles on executive fitness and leadership stress which have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the Washington Post, Virgin Active South Africa, The San Diego Union-Tribune, HR Magazine, Human Capital Management, Supply Management, Comites Executifs, Cosmopolitan-Singapore, and the South China Morning Post. She is also a co-author of Dealing with Leadership Stress, a CCL guidebook.

Connect with Sharon:

SharonLarsen.org

Center for Creative Leadership ‘Fit to Lead’

Sharon McDowell on Facebook

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