Congress Goes Plant-Based for the Planet
The Physicians Committee hosted a Vegetarian Caucus luncheon on Capitol Hill on Earth Day to raise awareness among congressional staff about the health and nutrition benefits of a plant-based lifestyle.
The lunchtime reception, held in coordination with the Congressional Vegetarian Staff Association, also included a presentation on antiaging foods by John Pierre (personal trainer to stars such as Ellen DeGeneres), lunch from Washington’s Elizabeth’s Gone Raw vegan restaurant, and vegan desserts from Sticky Fingers (two-time winner of the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars). Participants also received a Vegetarian Starter Kit, an invitation to the 21-Day Kickstart, and other nutrition resources from the Physicians Committee.
“More and more people are choosing vegetarian meals because it increases the health and vitality of humans, animals, and the planet,” says Noah Gittell, director of government affairs for the Physicians Committee. “The Veggie Caucus event was standing room only as hundreds of congressional staffers came to learn more about plant-based nutrition.”