Getting to the Heart of Healthy Eating

February 13, 2007

TORONTO: A healthy heart is only a workshop away. Vegetarian 101: Moving Towards a Heart Healthy Diet, presented by Registered Dietician J. Beverley Edwards-Miller, is a free workshop series that hopes to get Torontonians serious about health.

Hosted by the Toronto Vegetarian Association, Vegetarian 101 is not your typical nutrition seminar.  “We are thrilled to have a qualified professional like J. Beverley Edwards-Miller present these workshops,” said Kathleen Farley, Executive Director, TVA. “Beverley’s extensive knowledge of and experience with vegetarian diets is matched by her enthusiasm for promoting healthy eating.  She excels at translating the confusing science of nutrition into practical guidance on how to make healthy food choices.”  Edwards-Miller is also the Ontario Regional Coordinator for CHIP – the Coronary Health Improvement Project, a 4-week, healthy lifestyle education program.

Geared toward a non-vegetarian audience, Vegetarian 101 aims to dissect some common health myths of eating a plant-based diet.  The three-part series will focus on the following areas: An Introduction to Vegetarian Nutrition; The Big Three: Protein, Carbs and Fats; and Wrapping it All Up:  Healthy Living for a Lifetime.  The workshops begin Saturday March 3and continue on March 17 and 31 from 3-4 p.m. in room 200 at the Northern District Library.

While promoting a vegetarian lifestyle is important to the Toronto Vegetarian Association, it is not the sole focus of this series. “More and more Canadians are realizing the link between their diet and their health and the importance of disease prevention,” said Farley. “Therefore we think the timing is right to be offering valuable health information to the public.  Even if those who attend never become fully vegetarian, these workshops still support our goal to inspire people to choose a healthier lifestyle.”

Founded in 1945, the Toronto Vegetarian Association is the largest city-based vegetarian organization in North America. With over 1,200 members, the Toronto Vegetarian Association is a registered non-profit charitable organization. Its mission is to inspire people to choose a healthier, greener, more peaceful lifestyle.

For more information visit www.veg.ca/events/veg101 or call 416-544-9800.

Media Contact:
Michelle Lomack
Communications Officer 416.544.9800