The invaluable support of our members means that we have an in-house nutrition team that shares sound, evidence-based information on vegan nutrition to help more people go vegan and stay vegan.
Read on to find out more about the work our dietitian, Andrea Rymer, does.
Andrea chose to study dietetics to combine her love of food and cooking with nutritional knowledge. Andrea is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and is a professional member of the British Dietetic Association.
A dietitian’s work at The Vegan Society is very varied. This work includes:
- Providing up-to-date nutrition and health resources on our website
- Providing evidence-based nutrition and health information for the charity’s campaigns
- Answering questions via phone calls, email and post, to the general public, vegan community, caterers and health and nutrition professionals relating to vegan health and nutrition
- Attending events and giving talks on the latest vegan health and nutrition topics
- Writing articles and speaking to the media on various aspects relating to vegan health and nutrition
- Developing recipes and blogs for various projects
In 2022 our Nutrition Team
- Responded to 445 emails phone calls and letters in relation to queries from the public, caterers, health and nutrition professionals and prisoners
- Wrote 18 articles for online and print magazines, blogs and newspapers including a monthly feature for The Vegan, Vegan Food and Living and the Daily Mail Healthy Living Guide
- Delivered 19 outreach sessions including practical kitchen training for university students, talks to the general public at vegan festivals and events and presentations at the Primary Care and Public Health Conference.
- secured the use of our Vegan Eatwell Guide on the Public Health Wales website.
Here are some examples of what the Nutrition Team has been up to lately:
- Reviewing and providing references for two vegan-related cases at the European Court of human rights (ECHR)
- Recording a podcast for a medical nutrition company on how to support vegans with or at risk of malnutrition
- Providing monthly nutrition articles for Vegan Food & Living
- Collaborating with the Royal Osteoporosis Society, writing a blog and sharing recipes to promote the bone health of vegans
- Supporting HMP England to improve catering provisions for vegan prisoners
- Writing blogs and recipes for our Live Vegan for Less campaign
- Providing nutrition infographics and reels for social media to provide nutrition education for vegans
- Giving a lecture on vegan diets to University College Birmingham students, and a talk to Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) on veganism and vegan diets, as part of their outreach work
- Writing Oatly’s newsletter for health professionals on how to support vegans with the cost of living crisis
- Working with the Plant-based Food Alliance technical committee, providing evidence for the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition on plant-based drinks
In addition to extensive nutrition pages on our website to browse, you can find out more about Andrea, including her decision to go vegan and all about her career so far in this personal blog.
As a member of The Vegan Society you will have access to ‘Nutrition Hub’ in the Members’ Area of the website, where a hot topic is discussed quarterly, as well as receiving an exclusive ‘Nutrition Hub’ short blog piece in the monthly Members’ Newsletter. You will also have a direct link to ‘Ask the Dietitians’ where you can discuss any nutrition-related queries with our in-house dietitian. The invaluable support of our members helps our Nutrition Team to share sound evidence-based information on vegan nutrition. Join The Vegan Society today for as little as £2 per month.