Teacher who had heart attack inspires 1,300 colleagues to try 10-day plant-based diet Video

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We’ll move on to this morning’s “Gma” cover story. It’s about the teacher trying to spark a new movement on health. Doug Schmidt issued a ten-day challenge to eat a plant-based diet and already over a thousand people have joined it and a support group on Facebook. He resolved to make the change after a near fatal heart attack. He wasn’t even 50 and another scare that same year and knew he had to make a big change. Boy, did he. 60 pounds later he says eating a plant based diet has not only transformed his physical appearance but overall wealth and wellness and convinced over 1300 people to join him. He is the teacher inspiring a revolution with his incredible weight loss and new lease on life. I’ve had people who they came to me and said, Doug, I hear maybe you can help me with this issue. Reporter: It started in 2008 after he called a widowmaker heart attack at age 49. All of a sudden I got a tightness in my chest and then the nausea kicked in. Reporter: At 225 pounds he knew he had to make a big change and put aside his favorite foods. Maybe a couple of eggs, a couple strips of bacon, I loved my cheese. For dinner, nothing like a good baguette with bruschetta. Side of steaks, some mashed potatoes. Have a glass of wine. There was always cookies. There was always cake. There was always pies. Then snack on some ice cream before going to bed. Equal portions one cup to one cup. Reporter: Instead he switched to a plant-based diet. It’s hard to change those. Reporter: Diet centers around plants have become a health food craze and Beyonce and Jay-Z are reaching for the greens. The evidence is overwhelming. You can use diet and lifestyle to treat and even reverse disease. Reporter: 39% of Americans say they want to eat a more plant-based diet and it can make a bigference when it comes to improving health. Diet is probably the single most important influence on health across the lifespan in the United States today. Reporter: For Schmidt his new eating habits helped him lose 60 pounds over three years. My day starts with a bowl of oatmeal with flaxseed, hemphill-mapps seed, banana, strawberry, raspberry, blueberries. Reporter: He no longer has to take medications, he says. I feel truly like I’m in my 20s. I have so much energy. Reporter: Now 59 he’s using some of that energy to lead more than 1300 of his teaching colleagues in a ten-day jump-start your health…

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