health | August 20, 2013

Break The Junk Food Cycle: A New Keynote From Bryant Terry [VIDEO]

"One million dollars is spent every hour encouraging children to eat and drink the worst beverages and the worst food," health speaker Bryant Terry tells the crowd in a new keynote. "We're talking foods and drinks that are high in salt, high in sugar, high in fat and low in desirable nutrients that they need." These three ingredients are what Michael Moss calls "The Holy Trinity"—and the over-consumption of salt, sugar, and fat is contributing to a national health crisis. A problem that, as Moss mentions in his keynotes, has an economic cost approaching $300 billion a year.

Access to healthy food has become a real problem, Terry adds. It's also problematic that there's no mention of healthy, nutritional foods among the inundation of ads we see every day. This is especially dangerous for young, impressionable minds. "In my mind, it's almost a form of psychic violence," he tells the crowd. Every day they are seeing ads and hearing jingles encouraging them to buy or eat certain foods. Terry argues that without improving access to nutritional food, young people aren't always aware that there are other options available besides the processed and fast foods they see on TV every day. Through his keynotes, and his program b-healthy! (Build Healthy Eating and Lifestyles to Help Youth), Terry teaches us how to break away from a junk food cycle and embrace healthy eating habits that will contribute to an inspiring future in the food movement.

In keynotes like this one (check it out here, or embedded above), Bryant shows us shows us how to improve access to fresh food in our communities. As a food justice advocate and author of the books Vegan Soul Kitchen and Grub, Terry reflects on the connections between the food we eat and issues such as poverty, sustainability, and structural racism. He's also one of less than 100 chefs that's been inducted into the newly formed American Chef Corps. program to prepare culinary dishes promoting diplomatic exchanges. To book Bryant Terry as a speaker and find out how you can be a part of the food justice movement, contact The Lavin Agency.