Go to the main content Menu
Back
Eric Adams
Eric Adams
News New York
Kayla Pasko Kayla Pasko

NYC’s New Mayor Eric Adams Is Vegan and Wants People to Eat Plant-Based

This mayor is paving the way for healthier living in NYC and beyond!

NYC’s new mayor Eric Adams is vegan and wants people to eat plant-based. After experiencing diabetic symptoms five years ago, the former Brooklyn Borough President decided to make changes to his diet and lifestyle. Since his health scare, Adams has transitioned to vegan living, advocated for farmers markets in underserved communities, banned bologna from school lunches, and added nuts and protein bars to the vending machines of Brooklyn Borough Hall.

NYC’s First Vegan Mayor Believes That Health and Environmental Factors Are Connected

While Adams transitioned to a vegan diet primarily due to being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, NYC’s first vegan mayor believes that health, animal welfare, and environmental factors are all connected. For this reason, Adams feels it is imperative to view a plant-based diet from a place of not only benefiting our health, but also as a way to save the animals and Mother Earth.

As Brooklyn Borough President, Adams implemented several programs to benefit the health of Brooklyn residents, such as paving the way for a plant-based medicine program through NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, which is NYC’s largest medical system.

Back in May, Adams authorized a $10,000 grant to support plant-based nutrition education at the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate College of Medicine, which resulted in the establishment of the Food as Medicine Initiative. The program has now become part of the existing nutrition studies, and teaches future medical professionals about the health benefits of a plant-based diet.

Making Plant-Based Foods More Accessible in Schools

In order to achieve his goal of making plant-based foods more accessible in schools, Adams worked with former NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio to incorporate Meatless Mondays at 15 schools in Brooklyn. De Blasio later extended the program to all 1,700 NYC public schools in 2019. That same year, Adams also implemented Resolution 238, a program that aided in the removal of processed meat such as bologna, pepperoni, and hot dogs from public school menus throughout NYC.

Paving the Way for NYC’s Health and Wellness Through Plant-based Initiatives

While Adams is paving the way for NYC’s health and wellness through plant-based initiatives, the Mayor feels that the government shouldn’t tell people what kinds of foods they should be eating in their own homes, but rather, that the government shouldn’t use taxpayer dollars to feed unhealthy meals to the community. For this reason, Adams plans to continue to lead the way for programs that support plant-based living through governmental resources like the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

In addition to being a politician, Adams is also a published author and released his latest book, Healthy at Last, in October 2020. In the book, Adams tells his story of how plant-based eating transformed his life, as well as how diet-related chronic illnesses affect communities of color. He also shares over 50 vegan recipes so readers can make his tasty vegan meals at home.

Adams has also been featured in the documentary They’re trying to Kill Us, which highlights how diet, poverty, and systemic racism are connected.

For more information on the new NYC mayor and his policies, visit EricAdams2021.com.

Kayla Pasko

@kaylapasko

Kayla, a Midwest girl living in NYC, is a writer with a background in media sales. When she’s not scoping out trendy vegan spots, she’s usually taking a yoga class, shopping at Trader Joe’s, or catching a Packers game.

Articles by Kayla

More from VegOut

See the article the best vegan restaurants in florida

The Best Vegan Restaurants in Florida

From the Panhandle to the big city, Florida is a hot spot for plant-based eats.

Allison van Tilborgh Allison van Tilborgh
Love Life Cafe
Food & Drink
See the article 10 best vegan restaurants for a date night in la

10 Best Vegan Restaurants for a Date Night in LA

There are only green flags at these vegan eateries!

Allie Mitchell Allie Mitchell
Avant Garden Bistro
Food & Drink
See the article vegan baked goods that ship nationwide for the holidays

Vegan Baked Goods That Ship Nationwide for the Holidays

From Hanukkah bundt cakes and Christmas cookies to gingerbread house kits, this list covers it all!

Allie Mitchell Allie Mitchell
Dear Bella Creamery
Food & Drink
See the article our 5 secret ingredients for vegan holiday cooking

Our 5 Secret Ingredients for Vegan Holiday Cooking

Add these products to your plant-based recipes this holiday season!

Anja Grommons Anja Grommons
Bragg
Sponsored Food & Drink
See the article prados beauty celebrates indigenous beauty and resilience

Prados Beauty Celebrates Indigenous Beauty and Resilience

Founder Cece Meadows puts Indigenous voices at the forefront of the beauty industry.

Alejandra Tolley Alejandra Tolley
Prados Beauty
Fashion & Beauty
See the article 8 vegan sweaters to keep you warm this winter

8 Vegan Sweaters to Keep You Warm This Winter

We’re staying warm this season with these vegan styles!

Tammie Ortlieb Tammie Ortlieb
Will's Vegan Store
Fashion & Beauty
See the article 10 vegan chocolate chip brands perfect for baking

10 Vegan Chocolate Chip Brands Perfect for Baking

These dairy-free chocolate chips were made for cookies, waffles, muffins, and more.

Anja Grommons Anja Grommons
Pascha Chocolate
Food & Drink
See the article 12 vegan beauty gifts to shop this holiday season

12 Vegan Beauty Gifts to Shop This Holiday Season

Deck the halls with boughs of vegan beauty gifts!

Alejandra Tolley Alejandra Tolley
Fleur & Bee
Fashion & Beauty
See the article sustainably and carefully sourced ingredients set this native american-owned vegan bakery apart

Sustainably and Carefully Sourced Ingredients Set This Native American-Owned Vegan Bakery Apart

Place an order from Wholesome Bakery in honor of Native American Heritage Month!

Allie Mitchell Allie Mitchell
Wholesome Bakery
Food & Drink
See the article 8 vegan bakeries in los angeles

8 Vegan Bakeries in Los Angeles

Stock up for the holidays at these sweet stops!

Allie Mitchell Allie Mitchell
Just What I Kneaded
Food & Drink Los Angeles
See the article 11 best cruelty-free, vegan laundry detergents

11 Best Cruelty-Free, Vegan Laundry Detergents

Elevate your laundry day with these plant-based brands.

Tammie Ortlieb Tammie Ortlieb
Seventh Generation
Shopping
See the article pomona’s first all-vegetarian spot borreguitas serves traditional mexican dishes

Pomona’s First All-Vegetarian Spot Borreguitas Serves Traditional Mexican Dishes

This powerful story highlights how the Torres family turned their 15-year-old restaurant into Pomona’s first vegetarian spot!

Alejandra Tolley Alejandra Tolley
Borreguitas
Food & Drink Los Angeles

Newsletter

We’ll keep you updated on new information,
upcoming events, and the best deals in your area.

By signing up you agree to receive emails from VegOut Magazine
and accept our terms of use, privacy policy, and cookie policy.

Subscribe Now

Get the latest in plant-based news, entertainment, and lifestyle delivered straight to your door (or inbox!)
Order the magazine!

Navigation

Subscribe Now

Order the magazine!
Close

Filters

Cities

The Most

Writer

Test

Test 2

ddd