Notes from the VRG Scientific Department

The Vegetarian Resource Group In The News

Vegetarian Resource Group Nutrition Advisor Reed Mangels, PhD, RD, was interviewed about going vegetarian part-time for Health Direct, a health and wellness publication, and about becoming vegetarian for The Philadelphia Daily News. Also, the television station at Emerson College interviewed her about vegetarianism. Reed granted interviews about vegetarian children to The Washington Post, about tips for parents raising vegetarian children to the NPR Science Desk website, about high-protein vegetarian menus for children to Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine, and about vegetarian teenagers to Today's Diet and Nutrition. In addition, she spoke to about latkes (potato pancakes), with assistance from VRG Coordinators Debra Wasserman and Charles Stahler, VRG Web Development and Consumer Research Manager John Cunningham, and VRG Food Service Advisor Nancy Berkoff, RD, EdD, CCE.

The Vegetarian Resource Group Outreach

Vegetarian Resource Group Nutrition Advisor Reed Mangels, PhD, RD; Virginia Messina; and Mark Messina wrote The Dietitian's Guide to Vegetarian Diets, 3rd Edition, which Jones and Bartlett Publishers recently released. Reed conducted a class about vegetarian pregnancy for 50 undergraduate nutrition majors at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and made a presentation about vegan diets for approximately 50 dietitians and nurses who work for the WIC program in Maryland. Furthermore, Reed helped to staff the VRG booth at the Boston Vegetarian Food Festival.

Reed presented a poster session at the American Dietetic Association's Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE). In addition, Reed (pictured, right) and longtime volunteer Cathy Conway, MS, RD, (left) worked the VRG booth during the conference. They answered questions about vegetarian and vegan nutrition, handed out VRG literature, and sold copies of VRG's books.