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NuGenesis Mission Bigger Than Ever at New Location

When two-time cancer survivor Kathy Bero founded NuGenesis four years ago to teach others about the healing power of food, she dreamed of having a permanent location for the nonprofit to fulfill its mission of helping people learn how to eat in a way that would prevent chronic illness. NuGenesis has found that home, at N68 W33208, Highway K, in Oconomowoc.

NuGenesis volunteers and donors have rehabilitated a modest educational center, meeting space with offices and a former nursery. The Victory Garden Initiative of Milwaukee has constructed 73 garden beds, including five that are wheelchair accessible. The garden design, created by a volunteer group of master gardeners, perfectly caters to the NuGenesis goal of reintroducing individuals to how food grown properly can help reduce chronic illness.

To accomplish this goal, NuGenesis teaches about sustainable organic agriculture and foods that have the highest impact on preventing chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and arthritis. The facility will also continue to do scientific research on the effects of nutrition on prevention of chronic illness.

NuGenesis is currently collaborating with the University of Wisconsin–Waukesha and the Wisconsin Medical College, studying 65 volunteers throughout one year of eating a minimum of 10 servings of disease-fighting foods each week. Each quarter, the volunteers submit to blood tests that are analyzed for inflammatory and cancer biomarkers, as well as changes to blood chemistry and overall health. The partnership intends to present the results worldwide in an effort to catalyze future whole food research.

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