Notes from the VRG Scientific Department

VRG in the News

Vegetarian Resource Group Nutrition Advisor Reed Mangels, PhD, RD, was interviewed for Vegetarian Times about living without cheese; for AMC (Appalachian Mountain Club) Outdoors magazine about health benefits of vegetarian diets, becoming vegetarian, and staying healthy; and for Natural Health about children becoming vegetarian. She was also interviewed for a nutrition textbook about careers in vegetarian nutrition.

VRG Outreach

VRG Nutrition Advisor Reed Mangels, PhD, RD, spoke about vegetarian pregnancy for the Partners in Perinatal Health Conference and about working with the pregnant vegetarian at the Massachusetts Dietetic Association Nutrition Convention and Exposition. She also participated in the Alternative Health Fair at Hampshire College. VRG Food Service Advisor Nancy Berkoff, RD, EdD, CCE, presented an eight-hour education management workshop in Seattle at the American Culinary Federation’s Western Regional Conference for culinary educators. As part of culinary nutrition curriculum design, participants were presented with information and then were able to work in groups. Vegetarian recipes, menus, and ingredients were used to 'counsel' role-playing participants for lower sodium, lower fat, higher fiber, lower cholesterol, and lactose-free menu planning. Vegetarian menu ideas were discussed as part of curriculum for religious and ethnic cuisines, as well for sustainable and eco-friendly cuisine. For lunch, the American Culinary Federation’s chefs prepared ‘parallel’ entrées to beef with a variety of local mushrooms, and these were more popular than the beef! A few of the participants were vegan chef/educators, and there were several chefs who were interested in working with their vegetarian students and administrators. A good time was had by all!