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In today’s episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk to Ed and Amanda Smith about creating community through Healthfest. Ed is known as the Vegan Mayor of Marshall Texas. From 2000-2008, Ed was the Commissioner and Mayor and in 2012 he was re-elected once again. Ed is president and owner of Smith Resources, Inc. and has had many other business ventures during his career. Ed has served as an officer and board member on many organizations including the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine Legislative Fund and Marshall Firefighters Retirement and Relief Fund.

In 2011 Ed and his wife Amanda formed Get Healthy Marshall, a non-profit organization created for the purpose of educating the local community of the health benefits derived from a whole foods plant-based diet. Each year, Get Healthy Marshall, brings HealthFest to Marshall, a weekend event they co-founded, where individuals from across the country can hear world class lectures from leading experts in the fields of medicine, nutrition, and fitness, together with cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs.

In an effort to spread the message of a whole foods plant based diet, Ed and Amanda acquired VegWorld Magazine in 2015, a digital interactive online magazine dedicated to promoting a healthy whole foods plant-based lifestyle where Amanda assumes the tireless role as editor.

Today we talk about the inspiration that led Amanda and Ed on this journey and the events that made them the whole food plant-based vegan activists they are today. We explore the challenges and triumphs of creating such a tremendous influence on Texas communities and have a little bit of fun along the way. They share incredible success stories from the citizens of Marshall, Texas. Be sure to listen until the end of this show to find out how you can win 2 free tickets to Healthfest 2017, valued at almost $400 per person.


In this episode we discussed:

  • The vegan Mayor
  • WFPB or Vegan
  • Texas Culture
  • Meeting people where they are at
  • The journey
  • Prostate cancer
  • Forgoing conventional treatment
  • PCRM
  • The immersion program
  • HealthFest
  • VegWorld magazine
  • The Marshall Plan Movie
  • Get Healthy Marshall
  • How to win two free tickets to HealthFest 2017


Links to things we mentioned:

21 Day Plant-Powered Party

Healthfest: Website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Get 10% off your Healthfest 2017 Tickets by using the code “PlantTrainers” at checkout

VegWorld Magazine: Website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

The Marshall Plan Movie

Diet For A New America by John Robbins

Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine

Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease with Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn – PTP149

Proteinaholic with Dr. Garth Davis – PTP042


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Miriam Selick

Millie Pearson

Stu Dolnick


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