Activities & Programs

Dear Friends,

As we adapted to a life with masks and physical-distancing during the pandemic, it has become ever more important that members of our community learn how to protect themselves with good nutrition. In-person activities and programs were largely postponed, but UC-VEG remains active through our email database, social media platforms, and programs transitioned to virtual platforms, to provide resources, and to keep people informed and supported during this unique time.

UC-VEG leadership and volunteers first used this time to refresh and energize through immune boosting nutrition, planting gardens, and getting some much needed downtime. The weekly Lifestyle & Nutrition Course has been updated and is taking place virtually. Volunteers dug into some office organization and inventory of materials, and conducted strategic planning for the future. We’ve even discovered new ways of disseminating the lifestyle and nutrition information we have been teaching for the past decade.

Virtual and in-person events are now in full swing. The new AmeriCorps members have breathed new life into UC-VEG with their fresh perspective and creativity. Some of this time as been our most active yet, with an average of three events per week, including new ones like a physically-distanced picnic in the park and a first ever game night! But it also brought the return of beloved activities like Movie Night, with the impactful film, The Game Changers. The Lifestyle & Nutrition Course continues through it’s first virtual iteration with an average of 50 participants each week, and shopping tours and potlucks have successfully transitioned to their new, hopefully temporary, home on Zoom. 

While there is certainly some loss of connection and accountability with online events, we also see that they provide an opportunity for folks to join us from around the country, and even around the world! We invite you to join us in any and all of these new or renewed exciting activities and events. Check out the Events Calendar to see what’s coming up.  

Please continue to reflect on ways that you can remain engaged to support yourselves in your journey toward better well-being. Use the above and the following resources from the comfort of your own home:

Watch this astounding video from Dr. Michael Greger where he talks about an upcoming pandemic, all the way back in 2008. 

Listen to this interview with Dr. Scott Stoll from Forks Over Knives through the Plantrition Project about how to stay healthy during the COVID19 Pandemic.

Listen to a special presentation from Dr. John McDougall on COVID19.

Browse through the testimonies, recipes, videos, posts, and the wealth of information here on the UC-VEG website and the UC-VEG Facebook page

Share your own updates in the UC-VEG Support Group.

Show us what you’re cooking, see what others are creating, and get good ideas for future meals on the Facebook UC-VEG Recipe Club.

Additionally, we will continue to stay in touch through the UC-VEG newsletter. Add your email address here


Wishing you the best of health,

Juliete Palenshus
Executive Director

UC-VEG offers a variety of services, which primarily fall into the categories of educational events and social gatherings. Our educational services include screenings of informative documentaries, guest lectures, cooking demonstrations, grocery shopping tours, field trips, and ongoing classes focusing on the latest research behind a plant-based diet. UC-VEG also coordinates fun social activities! Plant-Based potlucks are offered monthly, along with occasional dine-outs and informal gatherings. 

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