Oprah Winfrey & Her Staff Lost Weight and Gained Health Benefits During Her “Vegan Challenge”

Oprah and Michelle, Cedar Rapids, IA
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Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)

PCRM Online, February 2011

News and Media Release
Feb 2, 2011

Oprah Winfrey and Dietary Guidelines Highlight Benefits of Vegan Diet

Yesterday, millions watched Oprah Winfrey and her staff explain the health benefits they experienced during her “vegan challenge.” Earlier this week, the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans set a precedent for federal nutrition policy by acknowledging the benefits of vegan diets.

“Live your best life.” It’s one of Oprah’s mottos. It’s also what she and 378 of her staffers recently did when they went vegan for one week. Three hundred of the staffers who successfully completed the one-week challenge collectively lost 444 pounds. A video editor for the program lost 11 pounds and said that by the third day he felt better than he had in 10 years.

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New Dietary Guidelines to Help Americans Reduce Obesity, Heart Disease and Overall Mortality

New Dietary Guidelines to Help Americans Reduce Obesity, Heart Disease and Overall Mortality
New Dietary Guidelines to Help Americans Reduce Obesity, Heart Disease and Overall Mortality

US Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

USDA and HHS Announce New Dietary Guidelines to Help Americans Make Healthier Food Choices and Confront Obesity Epidemic

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2011 — Agriculture Secretary TomVilsack and Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius today announced the release of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the federal government’s evidence-based nutritional guidance to promote health, reduce the risk of chronic diseases, and reduce the prevalence of overweight and obesity through improved nutrition and physical activity.

Because more than one-third of children and more than two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight or obese, the 7th edition of Dietary Guidelines for Americans places stronger emphasis on reducing calorie consumption and increasing physical activity.

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