When Mr. Smith received a diagnosis of prostate cancer in 2008, he decided to treat it with aggressive dietary changes under a doctor’s supervision. He began eating only whole grains, nuts, fruits, vegetables and legumes. Scans later showed that the cancerous growth had disappeared.
By starting a health festival advocating vegan diets called "New Year, New You", he has promoted a healthier way of eating there and it seems to be catching on. The event motivated monthly vegan potlucks, appearances by influential vegan chefs and speakers, and new vegan menu options at many local restaurants (www.gethealthymarshall.com).
“Before, I thought going vegan was like eating cardboard and hugging a tree,” Ms. VanDeCarr said. “After eating some of her food, I was like, ‘Man, it tastes really good.’ ”