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5th Annual Enhancing Health with Plant-Based Nutrition Medical Conference
September 26, 2014
On Friday, September 26, Northwest VEG and Adventist Medical Center will host the 5th annual Enhancing Health with Plant-Based Nutrition Professional Conference. Join us at a NEW location, the Oregon Ballroom at the Oregon Convention Center, for this groundbreaking conference that is aimed at doctors, nurses, dietitians, naturopaths, and all other health professionals who would like to find out the latest information about plant-based diets with respect to clinical nutrition, chronic disease prevention and control, and designing an optimum plant-based diet. 6.25 Continuing Education Credits will be provided for health professionals and a gourmet plant-based lunch will also be featured.
More information and registration is available at nwveg.org/health_conference.
This year's faculty includes:
  • Joel Fuhrman, MD Combating Hunger and Obesity with a High Nutrient Dense Diet
    Dr. Joel Fuhrman is a board-certified family physician, New York Times best-selling author, nutritional researcher and internationally recognized expert on nutrition and natural healing.

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Be A Part of Portland VegFest 2014!
July 8, 2014
Did you know that volunteering for just one 3-hour shift at VegFest earns you free admission to BOTH days of Portland VegFest?! There is something for everyone and kids are welcome!
  • Help with set-up at the Convention Center on Friday September 26. Shifts are 7:30am-11:30am, 9am-1pm, 12:30-4:30pm and 4-8pm.
  • Volunteer on Saturday and Sunday September 27 and 28 to assist with morning setup, nightly cleanup, registration, assisting at the Northwest VEG information/membership booth (tabling experience preferred), giving out samples for companies that could not personally attend, working at a recycling station, assisting in the chef demo rooms or in the kids area. Shifts are generally three hours long beginning around 9:30am, 12:15pm, and 3pm.
Volunteering for just one 3-hour shift during VegFest earns you FREE admission to BOTH days of Portland VegFest and if you volunteer for more than 6 hours in a day you will get a free meal voucher. We will also be doing a special raffle of over 20 awesome prizes from our speakers and supporters. You will get an raffle entry for each 3 hour shift you volunteer and recycling shifts are worth double!

There are also several LARGER volunteer roles available! We are currently looking for supervisors for our classrooms, samples area and kids/teen area. Check out our full list of VegFest volunteer opportunities here or email Chelsea Davis at volunteer@nwveg.org for more information.
Recipe of the Month: Lettuce Wraps with Tofu and Mushrooms
July 8, 2014
By Kimberly Garrett, founder of Eating 2 Heal and Portland VegFest volunteer

This Asian style recipe is wonderfully pleasing to the palate with the sweet and spicy peanut sauce (and my “secret ingredient”), satisfying to your stomach with its hearty tofu and mushrooms, and exquisitely filled will micronutrient antioxidants from the garlic, ginger, and veggies. There are other fun options instead of lettuce wraps such as making this recipe into a bento bowl by adding extra rice or make it into a salad by adding chopped cabbage and/or lettuce!

There are three components to this recipe but it is easy to prepare because you can prep the fresh veggies and peanut sauce while the tofu & mushrooms are cooking.

Tofu and Mushrooms
1 tbsp Toasted Sesame Oil
2 cloves Garlic (minced)

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Health Conference Speaker Spotlight: Dr. Kent Thornburg
July 3, 2014
Kent L. Thornburg, Ph.D will be speaking on Uncovering the Roots of Disease: Epigenetics and Diet at this year's Enhancing Health with Plant-Based Nutrition Medical Conference on September 26 at the Oregon Convention Center. Click here for more information and to register.

Kent L. Thornburg received his Ph.D. in developmental physiology and studied cardiovascular physiology as an NIH postdoctoral fellow at Oregon Health & Science University. He is M. Lowell Edwards Chair, Professor of Medicine, Director of the Center for Developmental Health at the Knight Cardiovascular Institute, and Director of the Bob and Charlee Moore Institute for Nutrition & Wellness.

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When Others Just Don't Get It
July 3, 2014
Reprinted with kind permission by The Vegan Next Door's Sarah Taylor, author of Vegan in 30 Days and Vegetarian to Vegan and former VP of Training and Education for Dr Joel Fuhrman’s Nutritional Excellence, LLC.

I gave a speech at a conference once that was mainly composed of vegetarians and vegans. A woman approached me afterward with a serious scowl on her face. She said, “Sarah, I really loved your speech. Thank you so much for coming. I have a question for you: I’ve been vegan for 3 years now, but when I try to tell people that they had better change to a vegan diet because they’re going to kill themselves eating all that fast food and crap that they eat, and that they are contributing to the deaths of innocent little animals and the destruction of our planet, I can’t get anyone to listen!"

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5th Annual Race for the Animals Success!
July 3, 2014
Northwest VEG would like to extend a huge thank you to all involved with this year's 5th annual Race for the Animals. On June 28th, 286 energetic participants and nearly 100 dedicated volunteers came together to support Northwest VEG and Green Acres Farm Sanctuary! It turned out to be the perfect day to explore beautiful Mt. Tabor and enjoy a late morning picnic with new and old friends alike. Check out official results from Eclectic Edge Racing and photos from this year's Race for the Animals on our Facebook Page. Do you have photos from the race? Please send them to Chelsea Davis at chelsea@nwveg.org.

We are so thankful for our generous supporters and donors who supplied us with graphic design work, drinks, treats, prizes and free massages at this year's Race for the Animals. Thank you to Jayme Burch LMT with Take 15, Jenny Frank, Dave's Killer Bread, Crofter's Organic, Organically Grown Company, Lilly's Hummus, Nākd Bars, Thunderbird Energetica, Lundberg Family Farms, Grizzlies Brand, gardenbar, Earnest Eats, Renee's Cafe, Artisana, Happy Camper's Gluten Free, Coco Hydro, and Natural Grocers.
If you are interested in supporting or donating to the Race for the Animals 2015, please contact us at race@nwveg.org.
Race for the Animals Perfect Playlist on 94/7 Alternative Portland!
June 19, 2014
On June 16, Chelsea Davis, Northwest VEG Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator and Karen Brokken, volunteer extraordinaire, joined DJ Gustav in the KNRK studio to share their Perfect Playlist and talk about Northwest VEG's 5th Annual Race for the Animals.

Click here to listen!
Thank You for Celebrating with Us!
June 2, 2014
The Northwest VEG board and employees would like to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who attended and supported our 10th Anniversary Celebration on May 16th! It was a wonderful evening of food, friends, music by Rob and Nancy Downie of Heartstrings, inspiring presentations from Northwest VEG board President Peter Spendelow, and Michael A. Webermann, Executive Director of Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM). Donna Benjamin led us in reminiscing, looking to the future, and in thanks; while Stephanie Routh led us to donate and committed herself to veganism in thanks for your donations and raffle ticket purchases of over $7,000!
Be sure to check out the wonderful photos on our Facebook page and add your own.
And a big thank you to our wonderful food and raffle prize providers: the (vegan) caterer, Sweetpea Baking Co., So Delicious Dairy Free, Back to Eden Bakery, Missionary Chocolates, Portland Nursery, Cherokee Rose Inn, Herbivore Clothing, Homegrown Smoker Vegan BBQ, The Blissful and Fit Chef, A.N.D Cafe, Personal Beast, Blossoming Lotus, Eclectic Massage NW, The Parlour St. Johns, Thrive Magazine, Sweet Lemon Vegan Bistro, Mirador Kitchen and Home, Red and Black Cafe, Mom's Vegan Kitchen, Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness, Tara & Barnet Love, co-founders of Portland’s fun publication ZippityNews, and VegListings, Masala Pop, Get Waisted Northwest

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Be the Face of Northwest VEG!
June 2, 2014
Table for Northwest VEG!
Volunteers are needed to help staff the Northwest VEG table at the following upcoming Portland events. New volunteers are welcomed and will be paired with an experienced volunteer.
Please email our Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator, Chelsea Davis, at volunteer@nwveg.org for more information.
Saturday, June 21 @ Hollywood Farmers Market (NE Hancock between 44th & 45th Avenues., Portland)
Shifts: 7:30-10:30, 10:15-1:15
Tuesday, June 24 @ OHSU Farmers Market (Courtyard near the Mackenzie Hall Fountain, OHSU, Portland)
Shifts: 9:30-12, 11:45-2:15
Saturday, August 9 @ 2014 Alberta Street Fair (NE Alberta St. between NE 11th & NE 30th Avenues, Portland)
Shifts: 10:30-2:30, 2:15-6:15
For a complete listing of volunteer opportunities with Northwest VEG click here.

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Race for the Animals is This Month!
June 2, 2014
We are just a few weeks away from the Race for the Animals and we hope you are getting as excited as we are! Join us on Saturday, June 28 for our 5th annual 5K/10K trail fun run/walk on Mt Tabor, an extinct volcano in the middle of beautiful Portland. People of all ages and abilities are welcomed. Together, let's raise some funds for Northwest VEG and Green Acres Farm Sanctuary, enjoy beautiful scenery and friends all the while making a difference for the animals, the planet and your health! Small prizes will be given to the participant with the best costume and the first female and male finishers in each age group (18 and under, 19-35, 36-50, 51 and over)! Stay after the race for a FREE 10 minute massage and indulge in a delicious picnic featuring treats from Sweetpea, Lilly's Hummus, Cool Cups, gardenbar, Thunderbird, Nakd, Absolutely Juicy, Grizzlies Granola, Follow Your Heart, Lundberg and much more!
Click here for more info and to REGISTER!

Running not your thing? You can also walk or join the fun as a volunteer! Volunteers receive a FREE race shirt, morning beverages and are entered into a special raffle.

Interested in volunteering or donating to our picnic? Contact us at volunteer@nwveg.org for more information.

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The Ghosts in Our Machine Portland Premiere
June 2, 2014
Join Food Fight Vegan Grocery and NW Hunt Saboteurs as they present the Portland premiere of The Ghosts in Our Machine at the Clinton Street Theater (2522 SE Clinton, Portland) this Sunday, June 8 @ 7 pm.

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Recipe of the Month: Tortilla Soup
June 2, 2014
By Sharon Palmer, RD., author of Plant-Powered For Life. Meet her this September 26-28 at our Enhancing Health with Plant-Based Nutrition Conference and Portland VegFest 2014.

A traditional Mexican dish, tortilla soup is a spicy blend of tomatoes, vegetables, and crisp tortilla strips. This easy plant-powered version—you can whip it up in no time— throws protein-rich black beans into the mix.

Tortilla Strips
Three 6-inch (15 cm) corn tortillas
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon chili powder
One 15-ounce (425 g) can black beans, with liquid (or 1¾ cups cooked, with ½ cup water)

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Improving Male Fertility: Research Suggests a Nutrient-Dense Diet May Play an Integral Role
June 1, 2014
By Sharon Palmer, RD., Speaker at the upcoming Enhancing Health with Plant-Based Nutrition Conference and Portland VegFest this September 26-28.

"The foods and dietary patterns that show promise for improved fertility—omega-3–rich foods, fruits, vegetables, essential micronutrients, healthy fats, and prudent diet patterns—also are those we recommend for better health and disease risk reduction. The diet that’s good for conception also is the same diet that’s good for helping ensure that the father is around to raise his children, too."

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Hiring PR / Marketing Coordinator for VegFest
May 2, 2014

Northwest VEG looking for Portland VegFest Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator

Northwest VEG is looking to hire an experienced PR and Marketing Coordinator to develop and lead a campaign to promote Portland VegFest 2014, being held September 27/28 at the Oregon Convention Center. If you know someone who is experienced in working with the media and with event promotion who would be ideal for this position, have them visit the job description page and encourage them to apply. Applications are due May 15.

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First Annual Bend VegFest
May 1, 2014
VegNet Bend is pleased to announce the first annual Bend VegFest, a day-long celebration to promote compassionate living with plant-based foods and other animal-free products, taking place Saturday, May 31, 2014, 9am-8pm, at Cascade Culinary Institute (2555 NW Campus Village Way, Bend). Bend VegFest will feature informative exhibitors, a film screening, delicious samples of vegan food from veg-friendly restaurants and food companies and nationally recognized speakers including James McWilliams (author of Just Food), Scott Beckstead (Senior Oregon Director at HSUS), Dr. Rick Koch (plant-based cardiologist), Barb Troyer (Co-host, All Things Vegan Radio and Co-Executive Director, VegNet Bend) and many more! For more information visit vegnetbend.org/vegfest.

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YEA for Youth Empowered Action camp!
May 1, 2014
By Trista Cornelius, Contributing Writer

YEA Camp is exclusively offering Northwest VEG members $100 off registration fees! Click here for information on how to become a Northwest VEG member. For more information on YEA Camp and to register visit their website at yeacamp.org.

When you were a young teen, let’s say about 13-years old, did you have that moment when you suddenly noticed all the awful things happening in the world around you? War, poverty, pollution, suffering. Were you disappointed that the adults in your life hadn’t managed to end such obvious horrors? Did your idealism fuel a life of activism or did it overwhelm you?

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Northwest VEG Turns 10!
May 1, 2014

We are thrilled to announce a few new additions to our upcoming 10 year celebration party on May 16: Farm Animal Rights Movement's Executive Director, Michael A. Webermann, will be the featured speaker and we will have music by Heartstrings throughout the evening! In addition we have new exciting raffle prizes coming in everyday from places such as The Cherokee Rose Inn, Homegrown Smoker, Herbivore and many more!
Featuring hor d'ourves and cakes by The (Vegan) Caterer, Sweetpea Baking, and Back to Eden; paddle raise for our programs, gift bags for members, the 10th Anniversary Celebration is a chance to look back on years past, commemorate our accomplishments, and support our future. We hope that you will join us in celebrating ten years of educating and encouraging people to make vegan choices for a healthy, sustainable, and compassionate world!
Click here for details and to purchase tickets

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Diet and Diabetes: Lessons from the Ruby Red Slippers
May 1, 2014
By Caroline Trapp, MSN, CDE, Director of Diabetes Education and Care for PCRM speaker at the upcoming Enhancing Health with Plant-Based Nutrition Conference and Portland VegFest this September 26-28.

The 1939 film The Wizard of Oz provides an interesting metaphor for a discussion on type 2 diabetes. In the story, Dorothy, a young girl, is knocked unconscious during a tornado. She and her dog Toto are swept up in the storm and dropped into the land of oz, where she is told that to get back home, she must follow the yellow brick road and seek out the magical wizard. along the way, she meets the scarecrow, the Tin man and the cowardly lion, who join her, hoping to receive what they lack themselves (a brain, a heart, and courage, respectively). Together, they seek out the wizard, only to learn that he has no answers. Ultimately, they are rescued when Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, points out that all along they had possessed exactly what was needed for happiness. It seems that those dedicated to eradicating type 2 diabetes are on a similar journey.

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Recipe of the Month: Black Bottom Cupcakes
May 1, 2014
by Fran Costigan, author of Vegan Chocolate and Portland VegFest 2014 presenter
The resulting bites of heaven fairly beg for a glass of ice-cold nondairy milk or a freshly made espresso (the latter is my choice).

Filling Ingredients:
1 1/2 teaspoons ground chia seeds
1 1/2 tablespoons warm water
8 ounces nondairy cream cheese spread, very cold

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Exclusive Presentation by Dr Craig McDougall
April 3, 2014
Last month we were honored to have Dr. Craig McDougall, son of Dr John McDougall, speak to a packed room following the Northwest VEG Portland potluck. Did you miss his presentation or wish you could see it a second time? You are in luck! Click here to view Dr. McDougall's talk on his Healthy Living Practice.

For more videos please visit the Northwest VEG presentations and media page and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel.

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