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The Vegetarian Resource Group Accomplished So Much in 2014 – Support VRG’s 2015 Outreach!

Posted on December 16, 2014 by The VRG Blog Editor

Below is a sampling of outreach we did in 2014. To support these type of activities, please donate here:


    • VRG Co-Directors Charles Stahler and Debra Wasserman spoke about the Growth of the Vegan Market at Natural Products Expo East.
    • VRG Food Service Advisor Nancy Berkoff, RD, EdD, CCE presented wellness classes for the City of Long Beach’s Senior Centers in California, with a focus on senior vegetarian living.
    • Nancy Berkoff, RD, EdD, CCE did a presentation for the Arizona Nephrology Conference in Phoenix, Arizona on vegan renal diets. Attendees were mostly dietitians, nurses, and doctors.
    • VRG’s Nutrition Advisor Reed Mangels, PhD, RD spoke on vegetarian diets in pregnancy and lactation at the Partners in Perinatal Health Conference in Norwood, MA.
    • Reed also did a presentation to the Western Massachusetts Dietetic Association, as well as to the Delaware Dietetic Association.
    • VRG Staff did a 4 hour presentation in our office to 10 dietetic interns from The University of Maryland at College Park.

Outreach to Health Professionals

    • Had a table at the University of Maryland dietetic internship day, which was held at the National Agricultural Library.
    • VRG materials were included in packets given out at the annual meeting of The Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Books Requesting to Use VRG Information

    • Pearson Education asked for permission to reprint our My Vegan Plate in their higher education health textbook titled Nutrition and You with Mastering Nutrition, 3rd Edition.
    • The Dental Hygienist’s Guide to Nutrition from Elsevier will be reprinting VRG’s My Vegan Plate.

Web Media

    • Quoted on a piece appearing on ABC News website concerning Chipotle testing Sofritas (a vegan tofu dish).
    • VRG Nutrition Advisor Reed Mangels, PhD, RD was quoted concerning non-dairy sources for calcium on the website of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
    • Our annual scholarship contest was featured in a 51-second video on the Kaplan Prep Test website.
    • VRG Nutrition Advisor Reed Mangels, PhD, RD was interviewed by, an online community for active people, about heart healthy beans.

Print Media

    • VRG is listed as a resource in an article on obesity appearing in American Journal of Nursing.
    • VRG’s poll figures cited in Albany New York Times Union concerning the number of vegetarians.
    • VRG’s information on Protein was cited in a Forbes magazine article about Jay-Z and Beyonce.
    • The Washington Times called us about alternatives to turkey being served to the military.
    • Reed Mangels was interviewed by Today’s Dietitian magazine about vegetarian diets for older people, The Marquette High School Newspaper in Missouri about vegetarian teens, and Baltimore’s Child magazine about vegetarian children.


    • VRG’s Nutrition Advisor was interviewed on the Dr. Don radio show concerning vegetarian diets for teens.

Outreach to the General Public

    • VRG had an outreach table at Baltimore’s Vegan SoulFest, Washington, DC VegFest, San Francisco VegFest, Chicago Vegan Mania, Philadelphia Greenfest, Baltimore’s Waverly Farmers Market, New York City Veggie Pride Parade, Valley VegFest in Hadley, Massachusetts, Worcester VegFest in Massachusetts, EcoFest in Baltimore, VRG vegan dinner in Atlanta, Georgia at Moorehouse Medical School, Baltimore VegFest, Richmond VegFest in Virgina, Taking Action for Animals in Washington, DC, Western New York VegFest in Albany, NY, Charlottesville VegFest in Virginia, and many other places!

We greatly appreciate your support of our outreach activities. Please donate here:

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