Alaska Vegfest is an annual event put on by the Alaska Vegan Society educating others about the benefits of eating a more plant-based diet.

This year's theme: "How to Live a Vibrant, Brain-Healthy Life".

"Alzheimer's is now officially the sixth leading cause of death, but probably higher than that because it's often under-reported," said Delisa Renideo, president of the Alaska Vegan Society. "Ninety percent of Alzheimer's can be prevented with a brain-healthy lifestyle."

Renideo says food plays a big role in brain health, along with exercise, sleep and social relationships. 

"This [Vegfest] will be focusing on the food element which is the biggest one and we have control over what we put in our mouths," she added.

This year's speakers are Dr. Dean Sherzai and Dr. Ayesha Sharzai, the co-directors of the Brain Health and Alzheimer's Prevention Program at Loma Linda University in California.

Author of "The Mindful Vegan", Lani Muelrath, will also be in attendance discussing wellness techniques.

"She ties in many lifestyle factors including the mindfulness approach... and that includes what we eat," Renideo said.

Anyone can attend Alaska VegFest 2018 happening Saturday, September 8 at Alaska Pacific University. 

To register or learn more about this year's event, go here.

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