Very Influential Philadelphians
New in 2015! We wanted to give recognition to some familiar faces who are big fans of our local Health Hero Challenge and couldn’t resist throwing their hats into the ring! Vote for your favorite VIP—Very Influential Philadelphian—who is making an impact on the health and wellness community in our region and help them to support the causes that they are passionate about. The winner’s charity will be the future beneficiary of a Philadelphia magazine event. Read on to learn more about the VIP Finalists and their charities.
Chef/Owner of Vedge and V Street restaurants
Facebook: Vedge Restaurant
Beneficiary: Coalition for Healthy School Food
Who or what motivates you to be healthy?
My wife and my son. I want to be in great physical and mental shape so that I can be the best father and husband possible.
Describe a health or fitness related turning point in your life.
Moving from a vegetarian diet to a vegan focused diet. I learned that dairy is one of the worst things you can put in your body, and vegetarians lean way too heavily on it. Once I had it out of my system, I noticed an amazing change, both physically and mentally. I rarely get sick anymore and if I do, it only lasts for a day or two!
What is your mission in the health and wellness community, and why?
To show people that they do not have to eat animal products to have a great meal, or an amazing dining experience for that matter!