VRG-NEWS: The Vegetarian Resource Group Newsletter
Volume 16, Issue 13
December 2012

CONTENTS

  1. GIVE A HOLIDAY GIFT MEMBERSHIP + A FREE BOOK!
  2. UPDATED VEGAN GUIDE TO LEATHER ALTERNATIVES
  3. VEGETARIAN/VEGAN OPTIONS AT LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MARYLAND
  4. SIMPLY VEGAN - HOLIDAY GIFT OFFER: $40 FOR 5!
  5. VEGETARIAN EXCHANGE PROGRAMS IN COSTA RICA
  6. SUPPORT YOUTH OUTREACH: TRAINING FUTURE VEGAN ACTIVISTS
  7. About The Vegetarian Resource Group
  8. About VRG-NEWS

1) GIVE A HOLIDAY GIFT MEMBERSHIP + A FREE BOOK!

Give a holiday gift that lasts all year long: a $25 gift membership to The Vegetarian Resource Group! We'll also send a free Vegans Know How to Party book ($24.95 value)

http://www.vrg.org/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=63 ]

along with the quarterly Vegetarian Journal

http://www.vrg.org/journal ].

Go to [ http://www.vrg.org/donate ]

Under comments, write in the recipient of the gift, his/her address, any message you want us to include with the gift, and mention to send the free Vegans Know How to Party book.

http://www.vrg.org/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=63 ]

Your gift membership is a great present and helps us continue vegan and vegetarian projects. Give four memberships and the fifth one is free.

You can also place your order by calling us at (410) 366-8343 Monday to Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM, Eastern Time.


2) UPDATED VEGAN GUIDE TO LEATHER ALTERNATIVES

Are you a frustrated vegan or vegetarian who loves shoes, but can't find any decent non-leather options? Our Guide to Leather Alternatives [ http://www.vrg.org/nutshell/leather.php ] tells you where to get non-leather shoes, bags, belts, and wallets. Don't forget hiking and work boots. We even answer those special questions like where to find ballet shoes, baseball gloves, biking gloves, bowling shoes, motorcycle gear, orthopedic shoes, skate shoes, tool belts, and more.

Click here [ http://www.vrg.org/nutshell/leather.php ] to view our 2012 update to the Guide to Leather Alternatives!

Thanks to VRG volunteer Alan Polster for converting this update into HTML!


3) VEGETARIAN/VEGAN OPTIONS AT LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MARYLAND

By Gianna Mautone, VRG Intern

As a senior at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore, I have seen our dining services transition over the past four years toward a more student-oriented menu. As a vegetarian myself, and conscious about eating healthy, well-balanced meals, I have learned to be creative when purchasing meals on campus to suit my dietary preferences. Loyola Dining implements surveys and student forums in order to hear students' voices about what they desire for meal options at school. There is also a student dining committee that all students are invited to join. I have found that Loyola's dining services truly try to make accommodations based off of student input and preferences.

To read the rest of this article, visit our blog: [ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2012/12/03/vegetarianvegan-options-at-loyola-university-maryland/ ]


4) SIMPLY VEGAN - HOLIDAY GIFT OFFER: $40 FOR 5!

We recently sent to the printer the fifth edition of Simply Veganhttp://www.vrg.org/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=1 ] VRG's nutrition advisor Reed Mangels, PhD, RD, has completely updated the nutrition section, with information about Protein, Fat, Calcium, Iron, Vitamin B-12, Sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Pregnancy and the Vegan Diet, and more.

Plus we've added the new four color My Vegan Plate [ http://www.vrg.org/nutshell/MyVeganPlate.pdf ] (VRG's vegan version of the U.S.D.A. My Plate) to the center of the book.

Simply Vegan also features 160 vegan recipes that can be prepared quickly, sample menus, and an updated cruelty-free shopping list.

With 100,000 copies in print, the pioneering Simply Vegan was one of the first popular vegan cookbooks. It's so gratifying to us the number of vegan business owners in their 20's and 30's who tell us how much Simply Vegan helped them when they first became vegan. This updated edition should continue to be of assistance to thousands of people who are interested in becoming vegan, but need simple recipes and easy to understand nutrition information.

If you order five copies of the updated 224-page Simply Vegan, we will send them to you at half price. We pay shipping in the U.S. For orders form outside of the U.S. please email vrg@vrg.org to inquire about additional postage cost. These books make a great gift for friends and relatives. Or sell them to your clients or give away at group meetings. ($40 for five books; $16 for one copy).

Your purchase of Simply Vegan supports VRG outreach and promotes vegetarian diets in a totally positive and healthy way. Thank you.

Click here [ http://www.vrg.org/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=1 ] to order Simply Vegan from our online bookstore.

Click here [ http://www.vrg.org/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=93 ] to order the Simply Vegan - 5 Pack.


5) VEGETARIAN EXCHANGE PROGRAMS IN COSTA RICA

A reader asked about her vegetarian teen daughter doing a summer exchange program in Cost Rica. One program told her it would be hard to accommodate a vegetarian.

To read the rest of this article, visit our blog: [ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2012/12/14/vegetarian-exchange-programs-in-costa-rica/ ]


6) SUPPORT YOUTH OUTREACH: TRAINING FUTURE VEGAN ACTIVISTS

Student interns come to The Vegetarian Resource Group year round. This is such a positive way of training future leaders in the vegetarian movement.

One intern wrote: Starting at the VRG had me asking myself, "What do I want out of my internship? The VRG comprises an amazing community of writers, professionals, interns, and supporters of compassionate living. My resource pool is endless ... I had the opportunity to share information ... and learned the importance of writing without bias." Another intern said, "My internship with The Vegetarian Resource Group has been wonderfully inspiring and informative ... As a vegan from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, I had never spent much time with many vegans, especially vegan adults. My coworkers and all those involved in the VRG proved to be reaffirming on many different levels. ... Working the VRG table at the School Health Interdisciplinary Program and other conferences, I was forced out of my comfort zone. I began to comprehend that ... taking advantage of experiential learning and face-to-face interaction is an effective way to carve your place and truly engage in the world ... ... I now realize that the work I engage myself in beyond college must, like the work I have done for the VRG, be personally meaningful."

Another intern roped her mother into helping at a VRG community outreach booth. She had so much fun that the mom decided to organize a two day vegetarian booth at a county fair in her relatively conservative area of the state where competitions included livestock and 4-H. And now she’s starting a local vegetarian group in her area.

When you are thinking of your year end donations, please support our outreach to youth and other future vegetarians and vegans. Donations can be made at [ http://www.vrg.org/donate ]; call (410) 366-8343, or mail to:

The Vegetarian Resource Group P.O. Box 1463 Baltimore, MD 21203

Thank you.


ABOUT THE VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP

Our health professionals, activists, and educators work with businesses and individuals to bring about healthful changes in your school, workplace, and community. Registered dietitians and physicians aid in the development of nutrition-related publications and answer member and media questions about vegetarian diets. The Vegetarian Resource Group is a non-profit organization. Financial support comes primarily from memberships, donations, bequests, and book sales. The Vegetarian Journal, a print magazine, is a benefit of membership in The VRG. (For more information, please see the Vegetarian Journal online.)

If you would like to make a donation, become a member, volunteer, or find out more about The VRG, contact us at:

The Vegetarian Resource Group
P.O. Box 1463
Baltimore, MD 21203
Phone: (410) 366-8343
Fax: (410) 366-8804
E-mail: vrg@vrg.org
Website: [ http://www.vrg.org ]
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The contents of this newsletter, and our other publications, including Vegetarian Journal, are not intended to provide personal medical advice. Medical advice should be obtained from a qualified health professional. We often depend on product and ingredient information from company statements. It is impossible to be 100% sure about a statement, info can change, people have different views, and mistakes can be made. Please use your own best judgment about whether a product is suitable for you. To be sure, do further research or confirmation on your own.


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