D.C. Doctor Could Be PETA’s ‘Sexiest Vegan Next Door’

Physician Says Plant-Based Grub Keeps Her From Getting Sick

For Immediate Release:
June 1, 2016

David Perle 202-483-7382

Washington – It’s time for PETA to name this year’s Sexiest Vegan Next Door—and 34-year-old Washington, D.C., resident Chioma Ohalete might just take home the title. She beat out scores of other entrants from across the U.S. to become one of 10 female contestants to advance to the final round. Visitors to PETA.org can now help PETA select the two lucky winners—one woman and one man—who will each receive a free vacation for two to Maui, Hawaii, courtesy of Humane Travel.

“Nothing gets hearts racing like someone who’s healthy, fit, energetic, and passionate about helping others, and that description fits vegans to a T,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “All the sexy vegans in PETA’s contest are already winners because they’re saving animals one delicious plant-based meal at a time.”

Chioma has been vegan for seven years and credits the move with reducing her allergy symptoms and keeping her healthy—which comes in handy in her job as a family physician. An active advocate for living a cruelty-free lifestyle, she’s persuaded the hospital she works for to incorporate more healthy vegan food options and has participated in many local PETA demonstrations, including being painted like an alligator to protest the cruel exotic-skins industry.

The Southern California transplant loves to cook and notes the diversity of vegan cuisine. “There are so many yummy variations to how you can prepare plants to eat,” she says. “I’ve had a lot of fun trying new meals.” When she’s not experimenting with a new recipe, Chioma enjoys bicycling and aspires to travel the world.

Voting for the finalists to help PETA determine whom it should select as the winners ends at 12 noon EDT on June 7. PETA will select the winners based on several factors, including vote count. See the full contest details here. Winners will be notified and announced by June 14.

For more information and to cast your vote, please click here.

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