Olympic Athletes Dish Out Plant-Based Lunches, Nutrition Tips at “Teaming Up 4 Health” Preview Party for Hill

Dr. Barnard and Taekwondo World Champ Daba Modibo Keita at TU4H lunchPhysicians Committee and Veggie Caucus Hosted Luncheon with U.S. Olympic Swimmer Kate Ziegler, Ironman Brendan Brazier, and Taekwondo World Champ Daba Modibo Keita

 The Physicians Committee and the Congressional Vegetarian Caucus  invited members of Congress and Capitol Hill staffers to join U.S. Olympic swimmer Kate Ziegler, Ironman Brendan Brazier,  taekwondo world champion Daba Modibo Keita, CBS radio host Chuck Carroll, and nutrition researcher Neal Barnard, M.D., for a special lunch at the House Visitors Center.

Hill staffers previewed the athletes’ “Teaming Up 4 Health” PSA campaign, which debuted nationwide earlier this month. Dr. Barnard, an adjunct associate professor at the George Washington University School of Medicine moderated the discussion panel with the “Teaming Up 4 Health” athletes to talk about the best foods to boost energy, sports performance, recovery, weight loss, strength, and overall health. Of course most of the go-to meals were fruits and whole grains to power performance. The PSA campaign combines print and digital formats to educate the public, especially children and teens, about the benefits of moving closer toward a diet rich in plant-based foods: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes.

Meet and Greet at TU4H. 4.1.14Lunch included a Whole Foods buffet of garden vegetable wraps, roasted butternut squash with kale, carrot and beet salad, a spring vegetable medley, and vegan muffins from Banana Love Muffins. The “Veggie Caucus” is a bipartisan group with 100 staff members that raises awareness for vegetarian options on and around Capitol Hill.  Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI2) is the club sponsor and Adam Sarvana is the club president.