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Texas, the 10th most obese state in the country,  has been noted as a hotbed for health issues – a side of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer all often come along with traditional Texan meals of fried foods and meat-heavy meals.

But the mayor of one city – Marshall, Texas – is helping to change this reputation of unhealthy food fare forever. Get Healthy Marshall, a nonprofit group started by the town’s five-term mayor, Ed Smith, alongside his wife, Amanda Smith, was prompted after the mayor received a prostate cancer diagnosis in 2008. Under a doctor’s supervision, Smith began a fully plant-based diet of “only whole grains, nuts, fruits, vegetables and legumes.” Later, the cancer disappeared, and the mayor decided to share the power of plant-based eating with his city.

In the years following, the Smiths held events in Marshall featuring vegan visionaries like Rip Esselstyn of “The Engine 2 Diet” fame, runner Scott Jurek, and author Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. The organization held monthly plant-based potlucks, and encouraged the availability of plant-based options at local restaurants and grocery stores. Now, at least six restaurants in Marshall feature at least one vegan dish.

The Get Healthy Marshall website encourages visitors to “Join us and take control of your health. Reduce your risk of heart attack, diabetes, and cancer. Shed those unwanted pounds, firm up, and feel better than you ever have in your life—all while making friends and learning new things—with other local folks who will support you in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.”

And we’re all for that! Here’s to encouraging the entire country to take on more plant-based, whole foods eating habits — one city at a time!

Image source: Jkeiser / Wikipedia Commons

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14 comments on “East Texas Mayor Aims to Make His City Eat More Vegan Food”

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Peter
3 Years Ago

What an idiot! I've been a vegan for many years but I know it's not my place to make other people do as I do. That's none of my business. People have rights that last time I looked. No wonder a lot of people hate vegans. I'm beginning to not like them myself. Give me some good plant protein and I'm good to go! But I'm not ready to take people's freedom away from them. That's insane, communistic, and down right stupid.


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Harmony Roche
3 Years Ago

Amanda Roche


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Cyndi Dail
3 Years Ago

Oh 4 God's sake! now govt is tellin us what 2 eat? every day we lose a little of our rights


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Peter
13 Feb 2014

Yep. I wish someone would drop a b*o*m*b on all vegans (except me). I've been a vegan for MANY years, but it has not rotted my brain to the point that I'm telling other people how to eat. That's none of my business. And it's NOBODY'S business. All these people who want to tell other people how to eat need to be snuffed out.

Georges Elias
3 Years Ago

Wow. Just wow.


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Unprocessed People
3 Years Ago

If Texas can do it, we all can do it


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Barb Sopotyk
3 Years Ago

Wow


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Isobelle Marcelo Burke
3 Years Ago

wow!!!!


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Patricia Heck
3 Years Ago

Really; in Texas...I'm stunned!


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Jacque Denver
3 Years Ago

WHOOO HOOOOO


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Laura Bgp
3 Years Ago

Awesome


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