by The Girls Gone Green
The Girls Gone Green, a Jacksonville-based nonprofit dedicated to promoting environmental, animal and health issues, announces the launch of www.vegjax.com, Jacksonville’s Veg-Friendly Dining Guide. This is the first-of-its-kind local website dedicated to making it easy for residents and travelers to find healthier, more humane options at restaurants in Jacksonville and surrounding areas.
More than 50 restaurants are listed and broken down by area including St. Augustine, Riverside, Fernandina Beach, San Marco, Southside, Beaches and more. Every suggestion details what items on menus are free from any animal products or by-products, which have been linked to obesity, heart disease and cancer. The guide makes it extremely easy for people who have health concerns or special food requirements to eat out.
In addition to listing veg-friendly menu items in an easy to navigate format, the site includes recommendations from The Girls Gone Green, photos and local special event listings. The website is designed to make it easy to enjoy a healthier, more humane lifestyle while dining at local restaurants. Visitors to the site are welcome to submit new menu items for review.
Men’s Health magazine ranked Jacksonville as the 12th fattest city in America a few years ago and The Girls Gone Green would like to see the River City fall off that list by equipping people with healthier food options in a place full of fast food restaurants. They feel if the demand is there, then selections on menus will begin to grow.
According to Dr. Jon Repole of Jacksonville Health and Wellness Center, “The Girls Gone Green’s new veg-dining guide is an invaluable resource for our community and anyone visiting or traveling through our great city who seek optimal health and longevity.”
The Girls Gone Green feels that the website helps to promote a healthier, happier First Coast. Also, the restaurant guide will not list businesses that serve two of society’s cruelest foods – Veal and Foie Gras. Once restaurants remove these menu items, they can then qualify to be featured on the site.
The Girls Gone Green is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 2007 and devoted to heightening people’s awareness about how to improve the quality of our lives by improving the world around us. More information can be found at www.thegirlsgonegreen.com.