Vegan Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams was featured on a latest episode of “Thriver Thursday,” a weekly collection hosted by Robin Roberts on Good Morning America. The phase—which spotlights individuals who have overcome tough circumstances to seek out success—highlighted Adams’ private childhood expertise with police brutality which led him to a lifetime of public service, together with serving with the New York Metropolis Police division for 22 years (as an effort to have an effect on change from inside) earlier than turning into the primary individual of shade to be elected because the Brooklyn borough president. The phase additionally spotlights Adams’ wrestle with kind 2 diabetes—which led him to partially lose his sight and mobility and obtain a prognosis from his physician that he would doubtless lose fingers and toes attributable to nerve harm—and his unbelievable success in overcoming the sickness by way of a complete meals plant-based eating regimen.
“A thriver is an individual who steps past their consolation zone,” Adams stated. “We’re way more than we had been advised we’re. Step one of going from simply surviving to thriving is to consider you don’t simply must survive; you’ll be able to thrive. Thanks, Robin Roberts, for sharing my Thriver Thursday story.”
Adams, who follows the motto of turning ache into function, was elected as Brooklyn’s president in 2014 and transitioned to a plant-based diet in 2016. Throughout his profession, he has used his platform to assist his constituents and fellow New Yorkers acquire management of their well being by way of a number of initiatives, together with spearheading a plant-based medicine program inside the metropolis’s largest medical system NYC Well being + Hospitals/Bellevue. All through the COVID-19 pandemic, Adams has continued his dedication to public service by helping to hand out plant-based meals to these in want and making a public service announcement—with the assistance of 40 medical professionals—to encourage New Yorkers of shade (who’re disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic) to go vegan.
Adams is at present running for mayor of NYC within the 2021 election and, if elected, would develop into town’s first vegan mayor.