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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.