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Anybody interested in starting a grassroots paleo movement?

Answered on March 05, 2015
Created June 14, 2011 at 4:54 AM

I am currently tinkering with the idea of starting a grassroots paleo movement as a non-profit. The difficulty would be funding--most of our ideas about saturated fat and carbohydrates are so against CW that it's unlikely that one'd receive substantial funding from government or corporations. However, I feel the movement doesn't necessarily need to be expensive. It can simply start as an educational service project. I am located in Northern Virginia, the D.C. metro region. To start the movement, I am thinking of simply providing 2 hour basic educational seminars, with a list of recommended websites and books to look into. The majority of expenses would lie in advertising for these seminars. Is anybody in the area interested in helping with planning, organizing, teaching, marketing? Or is anybody else in another region of the country interested in starting this together? I would love to make this something substantial. Although paleo is fun as a secret for weight loss and health, I feel it's our moral obligation to spread the message to mainstream low fat, high carb America.

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on June 14, 2011
at 07:13 PM

semirade of course. but I am not in those age groups so I am not really familiar with how to reach them effectively. Besides teaching their kids!

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on June 14, 2011
at 04:44 PM

Oh, and I guess I would be considered middle-aged.

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on June 14, 2011
at 04:44 PM

semirade, I speak with elderly people all the time at my gym and dif grocery stores.

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on June 14, 2011
at 04:42 PM

This is how I've run my business for over 20 years. I don't waste money on advertising. I am my own best advertising!

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on June 14, 2011
at 04:42 PM

Aren't the middle aged and elderly worth a try as well?

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on June 14, 2011
at 09:33 AM

And instead of calling local groups branches you could call them "tribes" :D

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on June 14, 2011
at 05:09 AM

Though i'm from germany, +1 for that idea. Through this, it could be at some point possible to conduct studies with more that n=1 on the paleo subject ..: *evilgrin

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on June 14, 2011
at 11:27 AM

I am interested! I have extensive event planning experience. I live in Boston but my broter lives in Alexandria and I visit quite a bit. Email me! [email protected]

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on June 14, 2011
at 09:27 AM

Fantastic idea and I would be very interested. I'm not too far from you, either. Just South of Phila, SE PA/DE border. I have been counseling people on the finer points of Paleo for some time now as an adjunct to self-defense/personal training. I offer a more synergistic and all-encompassing approach than just what goes into your mouth. I basically give a 1 hour dissertation containing the basic and finer points of paleo, suggested eating plans, workouts, websites, and a shopping list with the stores in our area who are now working with us, as well as helpful links to on-line shopping. email [email protected]

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on June 14, 2011
at 01:23 PM

Hey kids. Sounds cool. I'm a personal trainer in DC and I also work as an advocate for an environmental NGO. Keep me in the loop!

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on March 05, 2015
at 08:17 PM

Hi there -

I am interested in your idea. ??I am a paleo operations director in DC. ??I focus on budgets and business operations (and allso HR and finance etc). ??Email me at daniellebduffy AT gmail

Cheers - Danielle

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on January 24, 2013
at 09:28 PM

In Des Moines Iowa, would love to help! This sounds like a wonderful idea - Rock on!

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on January 24, 2013
at 07:28 PM

I was just about to say that there's no group like this, even in Los Angeles, but it appears that now there is a Paleo in LA meetup (http://www.meetup.com/Paleo-in-LA/)

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on January 24, 2013
at 07:05 PM

I'm in St. Louis and have a tiny bit of experience in bringing paleo health to the underserved. I worked as an Americorps VISTA and pretty much had free reign to teach nutrition and healthy habits in an inner city afterschool program. After giving up on this pursuit (to my great shame), I'm working to resurrect this pursuit. Anyone in St. Louis interested can contact me ([email protected]).

When we're talking about changing the dietary behavior of people who haven't been exposed to paleo/whole food nutrition and who have the distinct disadvantages of being low-income, the following areas must all be addressed to make a lasting impact:

1) Taste preferences (in both parents and children). This is actually rather easy with kids, but is a little tougher with parents. Both are possible.

2) Education. We need to teach kids and parents that sugar relates to diabetes, cancer, and excess body fat. This can be done in a classroom type environment with kids and in weekly/monthly meetings for parents.

3) Access to paleo foods. This is bar-none the biggest challenge, the most difficult task. Right now I'm planning a fundraiser through our local Meetup Group (www.meetup.com/primal-living-stl) to buy a meat freezer and a grassfed cow for a women's shelter. Community gardens are a great resource, too, and most cities have good programs for this.

When a single part is missing, the whole enterprise can fall apart, so whatever we do, it has to be comprehensive and address all three major barriers: taste, education, and access.

If anyone is interested specifically in harnessing an afterschool program to teach paleo nutrition, contact me and I'll share my insights and experience!

best, Alex

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on June 14, 2011
at 04:42 PM

Not a bad idea. I'd like to hear more. I'm an accountant for a Non-prof in Dallas. Hit me up: [email protected]

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on June 14, 2011
at 04:38 PM

I think this is smart, but honestly I don't think the marketing has to be expensive. Who are you trying to reach? Start with high schools, colleges, fitness clubs, other places where they have an incentive to help their members / students. I'm sure you could generate significant attendance with near 0 cost this way. It is just a matter of finding clever and inexpensive ways to reach your target. Feel free to hit me up for more specific marketing ideas when you actually get something put together and are trying to fill spots etc!

Alex of PaleoPax

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 14, 2011
at 04:44 PM

semirade, I speak with elderly people all the time at my gym and dif grocery stores.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 14, 2011
at 04:42 PM

This is how I've run my business for over 20 years. I don't waste money on advertising. I am my own best advertising!

D8195c5ae6c967027a3133d74969d0e1

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on June 14, 2011
at 04:42 PM

Aren't the middle aged and elderly worth a try as well?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 14, 2011
at 04:44 PM

Oh, and I guess I would be considered middle-aged.

25329057c9d5f6364a74787c8c2302e7

(806)

on June 14, 2011
at 07:13 PM

semirade of course. but I am not in those age groups so I am not really familiar with how to reach them effectively. Besides teaching their kids!

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on June 14, 2011
at 01:53 PM

I'm in the NoVA area, and would be interested in staying in the loop, too. Feel free to drop me a line at [email protected]

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on June 14, 2011
at 01:35 PM

I'm very much interested. New Jersey here. Please contact me so I can elaborate on my experiences and what I can bring to the table. E-mail: [email protected]

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on June 14, 2011
at 01:09 PM

It would take a lot of work and dedication, not to mention organization. Its a pretty crazy idea actually...i like it! im in the dulles area, you can reach me at [email protected]

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D8195c5ae6c967027a3133d74969d0e1

on June 14, 2011
at 01:07 PM

I've had the same idea! I'm in NYC - and I know there is a group of paleos here - haven't met them yet - one of the reasons is that I'm older than your average paleo young-buck - and I've had to limit my exercise - but as for results!!!!! I'm healthier than ever at 64 - facing surgery for hernia repair in a couple of wks, but no RA no Barrett's Esophagus, no meds - this after going on disability 4 yrs ago due to RA and intolerable pain - down to below my high school weight - I want others - especially my age to start reaping the benefits - I also can't afford grass fed meat - but still have amazing results - so from the point of view of age and poverty, as well as an earnest desire to have some fellow paleos to share with - that's what makes a food plan easier to deal with - my daughter lives with me - but doesn't go paleo - cupcakes sitting on the counter! I have no problems - and her friends are all talking about my positive "looks" - they're a little nervous - hoping my weight loss isn't impending "death" LOL - but noticing I'm walking faster than they are, and with a bounce - and without a cane!!!! I Second This Idea!!

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