The Vegetarian Summerfest 2011 at the University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown Campus, July 5 - 9, 2011

DOLGEVILLE, N.Y., July 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Hundreds of people from across the United States and Canada will be converging this week at the beautiful campus of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown for the North American Vegetarian Society's 37th annual conference, Vegetarian Summerfest 2011. The event will include five inspiring days of fun, education, and (of course) fabulous vegetarian food. With a roster of more than 70 speakers and over 125 educational sessions, there will be plenty to feed the minds of vegetarians and everyone else who is interested in healthy and compassionate living. Starting on Tuesday, July 5th attendees will gather in this relaxing environment to learn from national leaders in the fields of health, nutrition, exercise, food preparation as well as animal and environmental protection. Among the acclaimed experts is local favorite Jo Stepaniak. Here are just a few of the many featured presentations:

  • The Link Between Dairy (and other animal products) and Cancer Risk - George Eisman, RD
  • Food Sensitivities: Health and Healing - Jo Stepaniak & Michael Stepaniak
  • Women's Cancer: Preventive Choices to Reduce Risk and Improve Survival - Stephan Esser, MD
  • Lifestyle in Health, Disease and Longevity - Hans Diehl, DrHSc, CNS, FACN
  • Making Yourself Heart Attack Proof - Caldwell, Esselstyn, Jr, MD
  • Healthy, Hippy and Happy: Lose the Weight, Keep Your Curves - Tracye McQuirter, MPH
  • What is the Evidence for a Low Carb, Atkins Type Diet? - T. Colin Campbell, PhD
  • Dissolving Your Sugar Habit - Sharon Greenspan, CHHP, HTP, MEd
  • Global Depletion and Food Choice Responsibility - Dr. Richard Oppenlander
  • Nutrition Needs for the Over 50 Crowd - Marty Davey, MS, RD
  • The Latest in Cutting-Edge Nutrition Research - Michael Greger, MD (Friday, July 8, 8:30 pm) THIS SESSION IS FREE TO THE PUBLIC
  • Basic Nutrition for Vegetarians, Vegans and Everyone Else - George Eisman, RD (Saturday, July 9, 11:00 - 12:00 Noon) THIS SESSION IS FREE TO THE PUBLIC

In addition to pertinent presentations by leading authorities in health and nutrition, there are fabulous cooking demonstrations by talented chefs, sessions on raising vegetarian children, dealing with social pressures, making sense of health claims, and how lifestyle choices impact health, plus workshops on ways to keep exercise fun, improve school lunch programs and lots more. There are even special programs for kids. Certainly a highlight is the food: sumptuous meals will be served each day, all overseen by gold medal-winning chef Ken Bergeron, restaurateur Cathi DiCocco and chef David Stroka.

Anyone interested in learning more about vegetarianism, health, wellness, and fitness will want to come to the Vegetarian Summerfest 2011. For program information, and class and meal ticket prices, please call the North American Vegetarian Society at (518) 568-7970, until July 1, or (518) 774-7916, starting on July 5.


Brian Graff or Maribeth Abrams
(518) 568-7970 (until July 1)
(518) 774-7916 (July 5 - 8)

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SOURCE North American Vegetarian Society


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