Physicians Committee Hosts Congressional Vegetarian Caucus
|Jill Eckart, C.H.H.C., nutrition program manager for the Physicians Committee, talks about the 21-Day Vegan Kickstart with congressional staffers.|
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.
“People choose a vegetarian lifestyle because it feels so good on so many levels,” says Elizabeth Kucinich, senior legislative adviser for the Physicians Committee. “There’s no better way to celebrate Earth Day than going vegetarian, because it increases the health and vitality of both humans and the planet.”
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.
“Capitol Hill’s growing interest in the benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle is evident in the overwhelming enthusiasm for this Earth Day event,” says Kucinich. “Within hours of sending the Veggie Caucus invitation, we received hundreds of RSVPs from congressional staffers.”
To learn more about the environmental benefits of a vegan diet, visit PCRM.org/Earth.