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Monday, April 5, 2010

Tuesday, April 6, 2010 -

"Feeding Vegan Kids" for parents, grandparents and friends of vegans by

Sandra Kisner, RN, BS, CCM, WCCM

and a Potluck

When: Saturday, April 10th, 2010
Where: Friends Meeting House, 4500 Kensington Ave. (Kensington & Commonwealth Aves.)
Cost: Members in good standing, no charge; non-members, $3.00
Time: 6:00 p.m. potluck; 7:00 p.m. program
All those who renew or join at this program will receive a free gift. Thank you.

For information and reservations call 344-4356, reply to this email or see

Please bring your own place setting and beverage and a dish to feed at least twice the number in your party. Please label all ingredients. Vegan preferable.

What’s Contributing to Obesity? Oils, Meat, Cheese, Ice Cream

An increase in childhood obesity reflects increased intake of oils, meat, cheese, and frozen desserts, according to a new PCRM study that will be published next month in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Neal Barnard, M.D., looked at food availability data maintained by the U.S. Department of Agriculture from 1909 to 2007. Oil intake increased from 35 pounds to more than 86 pounds per person per year. Meat intake rose from 123 pounds to more than 200 pounds per person per year (with a greater than six fold increase in chicken and turkey intake alone). In 2007, Americans also ate nine times more cheese and 16 times more frozen desserts than they did in 1909. Since 1970 (no prior data available), sweetener consumption doubled, mostly from carbonated beverages. Other long-term trends include decreased grain consumption, decreased fluid milk consumption, and increased fruit (mostly juices) and vegetable intake.

Barnard ND. Trends in food availability, 1909-2007. Am J Clin Nutr.

Josho Phelan Roshi will give a Dharma Talk this Wednesday evening at Ekoji following one period of zazen and kinhin. We begin at 7 p.m. Come, sit, and let the birdsong and cherry blossoms actualize the self. is the walking meditation that is practiced between long periods of the sitting meditation known as zazen.

Zen practice is to get to our True Mind,
the mind not accessible to thinking.
This mind cannot be consciously known
by ordinary efforts.
An unusual effort is necessary.
This effort is zazen.

- Shunryu Suzuki 3411 Grove st. Kevin (804) 366-5546
April 9 - April 30 - Congo/Women Photographic Exhibit
Saturday, April 17 - First They Came...Speaking Out Against Genocide
Sunday, April 25 at 2:00 p.m. -- Film: The Last Survivor
These programs would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors: Joan Arenstein, Joanne Moore, International Foundation for PsychoSocial Wellness and VCU Institute for Women's Health.

May 8 Youth Peace Summit Registration
Register now for the sixth annual Richmond Youth Peace Summit, Saturday, May 8, 2010 at the Southside Campus of St. Paul’s Baptist Church, 700 E. Belt Blvd. The event is open to young people ages 13-19, free of charge. Lunch will be provided.
The summit promotes teen leadership, nonviolent conflict resolution, social justice and positive self-expression through the arts. Morning and afternoon workshops will offer a variety of topics of interest to teens. The summit also features a midday performance by youth musicians and spoken-word artists.
The summit starts at 10 a.m. and concludes by 4:00 p.m. Participants are asked to arrive by 9:45. Participants must register in advance to select workshop choices.
Registration information is printed below. Participants can also register online (preferred method) by emailing, or by visiting, through U.S. mail (RPEC, 400 W. 32nd St., Richmond VA 23225), or by calling 232-1002.
The Youth Peace Summit relies on volunteers and contributions. Donations from individuals are encouraged. Organizations sending groups of young people to the event are asked to donate $5 per participant to help cover the costs of the event.
The Youth Peace Summit is presented by RYPP, the Richmond Youth Peace Project, an initiative of the Richmond Peace Education Center and Drums No Guns.

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