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Vegetariano en 21 Dias: PCRM Launches Spanish-Language Kickstart

Vegetariano en 21 Dias launches on Oct. 1 to help Spanish speakers in the United States, Latin America, and around the world follow PCRM’s free online Kickstart program that has helped hundreds of thousands of people switch to a healthful plant-based diet.

In recent years, Spanish-speaking countries have been being inundated with unhealthful meat and dairy products, often displacing plant-based staples. A recent study says U.S. agricultural policies allow America to dump massive quantities of meat and other subsidies on Mexico. A survey by the Spanish Food and Nutrition Safety Agency found that red meat consumption has skyrocketed among the majority of Spaniards.

These unhealthful foods are driving obesity and diabetes rates through the roof. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, 69.5 percent of Mexicans are overweight or obese. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death among Latinos in the United States. In South and Central America 12.3 percent of all deaths are due to diabetes.

The Spanish-language Vegetariano en 21 Dias offers free access to 21 daily e-mail messages that provide three weeks of meat- and dairy-free versions of traditional, disease-fighting recipes from Spanish-speaking countries, nutrition webcasts, and tips and words of inspiration from celebrity coaches and nutrition experts.

Vegetariano en 21 Dias features an all-new lineup of recipes and celebrity coaches including award-winning journalist Carlos Anaya; international TV host Marco Regil, who used a vegan diet to conquer a weight problem; Terry Hope Romero, author of Viva Vegan!: Authentic Vegan Latina American Recipes and the website Vegan Latina; celebrity personal trainer Marco Borges, whose clients include Beyoncé and Jay-Z; and actress Yvonne DeLaRosa, who was raised vegetarian.

“I was born into a vegetarian family, which is pretty much unheard of in Colombia,” says DeLaRosa. “My grandmother would cook our family a strictly vegetarian diet and always taught us how eating meat was bad for us.”

Physicians, dietitians, and other nutrition experts guide the Kickstart program, providing nutrition tips and answering questions in an online forum. Physicians Joaquin Carral, M.D., and Aurora Leon, M.D., who are featured in the program’s nutrition webcasts, as well as Ana Negrón, M.D., and Food for Life instructor Gloria Huerta, will provide guidance and resources for the program.

Register today at Vegetarianoen21dias.org.



 
 

Yvonne DeLaRosa

Yvonne DeLaRosa

21-Day Kickstart coach Marco Regil

Marco Regil

PCRM Online,
September 2012


   
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