Neal Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C., Delivers Keynote Address at Mad City Vegan Fest on June 17

The Physicians Committee
NEWS RELEASE June 2, 2017
Neal Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C., Delivers Keynote Address at Mad City Vegan Fest on June 17
Madison’s Annual Vegan Festival Provides Inspiring Speakers, Free Food Samples, and an Inclusive, Welcoming Environment

WASHINGTON—The cheese state extends a warm welcome to Mad City Vegan Fest keynote speaker Neal Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C., president and founder of the nonprofit Physicians Committee, who will dish out tips on Saturday, June 17 about how to break the ‘cheese habit’ and segue into a nutrient-packed, plant-based vegan diet.

Dr. Barnard will sign copies of his new book, The Cheese Trap, which profiles Aaron Rodgers’ transition to a dairy-free diet and the science behind one of the hottest trends in the NFL, Hollywood, and in the medical field.

“It is fun to explore plant-based foods and all the health benefits they bring: easy weight loss, better energy, much better health," says Dr. Barnard.

In Dr. Barnard’s clinical research studies, he finds a whole-food, plant-based vegan diet helps boost metabolism, lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar, and, based on self-reporting, improves chronic pain and alleviates symptoms of anxiety, depression, and fatigue.

Researchers with the University of Oxford predict a global shift to a plant-based diet could save 8.1 million lives and cut $1 billion in health care costs, each year, using global population projections for 2050, and reduce food-based emissions by 70 percent.

Mad City Vegan Fest started in 2011 and has nearly tripled in size over seven years.

To learn more about the event, visit

For an interview with Dr. Barnard, please contact  Jeanne Stuart McVey, Media Relations Manager, 202-527-7316, 202-686-2210, ext. 316.

Founded in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is a nonprofit health organization that promotes preventive medicine, conducts clinical research, and encourages higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research and medical training.

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