Constance Li, Veg Youth Student Activist Award

Constance Li, MedVeg

Constance Li is a student in her 4th year at the Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, New Jersey and President of The Medical Vegetarian Society (MedVeg). In December of 2014, Constance was the recipient of one of the Veg Youth flow fund grants.

She started The Medical Vegetarian Society to create a community for medical students to explore the many benefits of a healthy plant-based lifestyle. The club focuses on the impact they could make on their own health and the health of future patients. Within two short years, the organization has become a large presence at the medical school, attracting vegans, vegetarians, flexitarians, and omnivores alike to their events, which usually feature plant-based dishes home-cooked by members. The group has hosted Neal Barnard, MD and other influential doctors as guest speakers, screened health documentaries, hosted numerous vegan/vegetarian potlucks, provided training to students on how to effectively talk to patients about positive lifestyle changes, and most recently started an organic community vegetable garden on school grounds.

In the summer of 2014, Constance completed a nutrition internship in DC. There, she assisted with a project to bring more nutrition education to medical schools, nutrition training workshops, and The International Conference on Diabetes.

Constance plans to continue educating the student body about the benefits of plant-based diets using potlucks, speakers, and community outreach. She hopes to complete a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation in order to motivate and enable patients to take control over their own health.

GRANT AWARD DATE: April 2, 2015