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Promoting Fit Veganism

Postby Frostfire » Fri Jul 02, 2004 2:00 am

Okay, I need some advice/help! I want to start actively promoting veganism in my area again. Well, not just veganism, but fit vegans! I need some good ideas for what to do to attract lots of people and show them what veganism is and that it can not only be healthy, but that you can also be an athlete.

There is a little group that I can work with some, but they have been fairly disfunctional in the past so all ideas and 99% of the work and money have to come from me. So ideas need to be fairly inexpensive and something that one or two people can realistically do.

I haven't been active for a bit, too, I'm having a hard time coming up with any thoughts on the matter.

Thanks! :D
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Postby Pete » Fri Jul 02, 2004 6:46 pm

There are some downloadable leaflets that you can photocopy at http://www.veganbodybuilding.org/guides.htm
Always good to give out some info.
Maybe put some in gyms locally, &/or libraries etc rather than just give them out as exercise & fitness isn't most peoples cup of tea. Also giving out info at any veggie/AR meetings locally could be a good idea a well as most vegans are in a pretty poor state of health. Maybe health food shops would let you put some leaflets in, if you're friendly with them you could even do an "exercise advice" table, where you could have leaflets & answer some questions about training (if you're brave enough & remember to add the "check with your doctor first" to cover yourself).
Also if there's any vegan/veggie festivals locally or health food type shows you can often get a stall quite cheaply (well in the UK). I could supply you with stuff you could print out for banners etc.
If you fancy the idea, or just want to chat about any schemes either E-mail or PM me.
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Postby Mary » Sat Jul 03, 2004 8:54 pm

Hi Crystal.

When I have got this week out of the way (doing Arcnews, and not having panic attacks when Neil finally has his operation - Tuesday or Wednesday hopefully) I will write with a few ideas. I know what you mean about needing something that can be done with just a few people. With Neil in hospital I have to collate, print, fold and post a few hundred magazines, get Realfood's ezine out, and start working on a catering pack for hospitals all by myself.

Jaysus, what am I thinking! :shock:

There are some people who might help me, but then some of them might decide to go down the pub instead. :lol:

Tomorrow is the London Vegan Festival. Blimey. I have to get up at four thirty in the morning, and I can't blooming sleep.

So yes. Work with a group you can trust to help you out! Either that, or somehow get hold of a lot of money and pay people to work for you. :wink:

And I scoot off now to have a mild panic attack, while wondering how the hell I am supposed to walk the dogs at that time of the blessed a.m. and how Séamus will react to the early morning perambulations. (At least there are people around here who will look after cats, dogs and guinea pigs for me. Makes life easier!)
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Postby ctchrinthry » Mon Jul 05, 2004 2:42 am

I'd start a club at school. You could have potlucks and gym sessions. It'd be cool.
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Postby Frostfire » Tue Jul 06, 2004 9:47 am

Pete, thanks for the downloads, I will definatly use them! I will have to email you more to chat about schemes, I would have earlier but I've been a bit preoccupied and am still trying to get back into the swing of things!

Mary, I'd appreciate any ideas you have. I know you have tons of experience in this area and I could use the ideas and advice! You are quite crazy taking on so many responsibilities :shock: , you are an activist machine :D !

Dave, I've tried to start clubs. You forget, I live in Utah! At my college you need at least 8 people to start a club and an advisor. If you are not an official club, you cannot do ANYTHING. I never could get that many people togehter that were even a little interested or sympathetic to the cause, let alone even vegetarian! The whole thing was a real hassle, too much beuracracy.

One thanksgiving I did go around campus and sidewalk-chalk a bunch of pro-veg holiday sayings all over campus, it made the school paper. The article reported that the school physics club sponsored a turkey at Farm Sanctuary because I wrote a veg-friendly Einstein quote outside the science building. Was a lot of fun, but a lot of work. Groundskeepers and janators kept washing the "controversial" messages away.
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Postby Mary » Tue Jul 06, 2004 9:50 am

[quote]you are an activist machine


Eh, what, you what? Haven't you heard? I am an irresponsible woman who doesn't wash the dishes often enough, and should mow the lawn instead of doing so much animal rights. :lol: That's what a "friend" of mine said yesterday anyway. I might have time to do these things if they helped with the AR stuff, instead of going down the pub. :evil:

Oooh, don't I sound bitter. :roll:
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Postby ctchrinthry » Tue Jul 06, 2004 3:58 pm

Wow. If we had to have eight people to start a club here it'd all be church groups. Maybe that's the idea???

Kudos for chalking campus, though. You are a self-starter and something of an activist machine yourself!!!

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Postby Renecarol25 » Thu Jul 08, 2004 4:41 pm

8 people doesn't sound like a lot to me.. how many students at your university?
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Postby Frostfire » Thu Jul 08, 2004 11:09 pm

Renee, if I found 8 veggie people around where I live, I would be jumping up and down with joy, let alone 8 at my college. I live in a HIGHLY conservative state and the "cowboy" mentality really dominates sometimes. I mean, there are rodeos every weekend at the fairgrounds during the summer. Most liberal-ish people in Utah live in the capital, Salt Lake City, and that is a fair ways south of me.

There is a small group of vegetarians in town, but they are the health-oriented, new age, animal welfare, non-college student type and I often wonder if they are really vegetarian. They call vegans "extreme" and that we "give them a bad name". Any activists are seen to be "forcing" their beliefs on others. *sigh*
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Postby Renecarol25 » Fri Jul 09, 2004 2:50 am

I must've had at least a dozen veggie friends at my school and I went to a pretty small school.. something like 2 or 3 thousand. I had 4 vegetarians and 2 or 3 pescetarians on the swim team with me alone. I'm sure there were lots of vegetarians I didn't know too. The area I live in now is much more veg friendly than where I went to school too. So I'm pretty lucky.
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Postby Mary » Tue Jul 20, 2004 7:13 pm

Hi Crystal.

How about doing a food fair, with fitness as a theme? Have loads of healthy options, as well as cheerful junk etc. You will probably feed a few hundred meat eaters, convert some of them, and get more people involved for a local group.

Check out http://www.realfood.org.uk/freefoodfairs.htm for our how to list. I would love to see these start to take off in the states.

Haven't kept up to date with the website, but there have been a few really good food fairs recently, and they are so positive and cheerful. The ones we do usually result in new people joining our group, or a new group being set up. :D So you might get your eight people...
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Postby J » Fri Jul 30, 2004 11:05 pm

Crystal
Maybe this would be of use. http://vegan.meetup.com/
I'm just looking at it for the first time myself, so I don't know.
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