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Blog Archive for July 2013

Boy Scouts: Offer Vegan Badge, Not Ban

Tuesday, Jul 23, 2013   Dr. Neal Barnard   children's health


The Boy Scouts of America banned overweight scouts from this month’s 2013 Jamboree. Their intention was to encourage the scouts to lose weight and shape up before the Jamboree—where the boys enjoy outdoor activities and learn new skills. But banning overweight kids is a mistake. They are exactly the kids who need guidance and support.

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Congress Gets Healthy with 9-Year-Old Vegan Chef Noah Koch

Monday, Jul 15, 2013   Dr. Neal Barnard   vegan


The Physicians Committee recently hosted its second standing-room-only “Healthy on the Hill” luncheon on Capitol Hill for more than 120 staffers, interns, and journalists—and even a couple members of Congress—interested in learning more about the benefits of a plant-based diet. The presentation featured a vegan lunch and an interview with 9-year-old vegan chef Noah Koch, who recently won a White House recipe contest. Here is Noah Gittell, our director of government affairs, recapping the event:

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Declaration of Independence from Deadly Dogs

Monday, Jul 01, 2013   Dr. Neal Barnard   processed meat


Each year, colorectal cancer kills more than 50 thousand people in the United States. That’s the equivalent of the entire population of Coney Island.  Processed meats, like hot dogs, have been so strongly linked to colorectal cancer that no amount is considered safe for consumption. Even one hot dog per day can raise your risk of colorectal cancer 21 percent.

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