Healthy habits

Whole Foods CEO touts his secrets of healthy living and earns a standing ovation

Whole Foods CEO wows crowd with his secrets of preventing disease

15 2484 Gabe Canales, from left, Tom Mackey, Chris Myers and Ryan Pontbriand at Blue Cure March 2015
Blue Cure founder Gabe Canales, from left, Whole Foods co-founder John Mackey, former Houston Texan Chris Myers and former Cleveland Brown Ryan Pontbriand. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
16 2318 Wallis and Dee Dee Marsh, from left, and Siobhan and A.J. Gracely at Blue Cure March 2015
Wallis and Dee Dee Marsh, left, with Siobhan and A.J. Gracely. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
17 2167 Charles Ward and Carolyn Farb at Blue Cure March 2015
Charles Ward and Carolyn Farb. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
9 2590 Debbie and Roger Clemmons at Blue Cure March 2015
Debbie and Roger Clemmons. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
7 2553 Nick Florescu and Dominique Florescu at Blue Cure March 2015
Nick Florescu and Dominique Sachse. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
19 2523 Wezy and Bobby Dees at Blue Cure March 2015
Wezy and Bobby Dees. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
11 2627 Jessica Rossman and Gordon Bethune at Blue Cure March 2015
Jessica Rossman and Gordon Bethune. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
14 2881 Matt Burrus, from left, Vivian Wise and Michael Pearce at Blue Cure March 2015
Matt Burrus, left, Vivian Wise and Michael Pearce. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
10 2612 Dr. Devinder and Gina Bhatia at Blue Cure March 2015
Dr. Devinder and Gina Bhatia. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
8 2567 NAMES at Blue Cure March 2015
Sabrina Scruta and Mark Zimmerman. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
4 2357 Eloise Frischkorn and Luis Sanchez Bauer at Blue Cure March 2015
Eloise Frischkorn and Luis Sanchez Bauer. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
6 2428 Shirlee and John Jamail Jr. at Blue Cure March 2015
Shirlee Jamail and John Jamail Jr. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
15 2484 Gabe Canales, from left, Tom Mackey, Chris Myers and Ryan Pontbriand at Blue Cure March 2015
16 2318 Wallis and Dee Dee Marsh, from left, and Siobhan and A.J. Gracely at Blue Cure March 2015
17 2167 Charles Ward and Carolyn Farb at Blue Cure March 2015
9 2590 Debbie and Roger Clemmons at Blue Cure March 2015
7 2553 Nick Florescu and Dominique Florescu at Blue Cure March 2015
19 2523 Wezy and Bobby Dees at Blue Cure March 2015
11 2627 Jessica Rossman and Gordon Bethune at Blue Cure March 2015
14 2881 Matt Burrus, from left, Vivian Wise and Michael Pearce at Blue Cure March 2015
10 2612 Dr. Devinder and Gina Bhatia at Blue Cure March 2015
8 2567 NAMES at Blue Cure March 2015
4 2357 Eloise Frischkorn and Luis Sanchez Bauer at Blue Cure March 2015
6 2428 Shirlee and John Jamail Jr. at Blue Cure March 2015

Nutrient density, healthy fats and plant-based diets were the buzzwords that riveted the 300 guests attending the Blue Cure Foundation dinner at the Omni Houston Hotel on Thursday. Delivering the message on the importance of a "wellness diet" was Whole Foods co-founder and co-CEO John Mackey, who lives by the gospel of the Whole Foods Diet.

Not your typical fodder for a charity gala, Mackey's talk received a standing ovation. In a nod to his message, the dinner menu was based on the guest speaker's healthy diet plan. Mackey doubled as the evening's honoree, receiving the Rod Paige Humanitarian Award.

Dee Dee and Wallis Marsh and A.J. Gracely chaired the benefit that raised close to $400,000 for Blue Cure initiatives to prevent prostate cancer. They were joined in the effort by honorary chairs Carolyn Farb, an early and ardent supporter of the Blue Cure Foundation, and former Houston Texan Chris Myers, who leads much of the athletic initiative directed to young men and focusing on healthy lifestyle choices, another component of Mackey's message.

It was a great night for Blue Cure founder and president Gabe Canales, thanks in part to the generosity of the Fred and Mabel R. Parks Foundation and its president James McClellan.

Among those joining in the standing ovation were Siobahn Gracely, Tony Gracely, Andrew Sarofim, Debbie and Roger Clemmons, Betty and John Hrncir, Charlie Thomas, Rod Paige and Stephanie Nellons-Paige, Tina and John Beddow, Joanne and Welcome Wilson Sr. and auctioneer Stephen Lewis and emcee Dominique Sachse.

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