IRN Youth Ambassadors Program
Youth around the world are taking on the challenge of fixing the food system. For the last half century, previous generations have been messing up the food system and planting the seeds of destruction that have blossomed into the current pandemics of childhood obesity, metabolic disease, and environmental degradation on a global scale. The current food supply delivers historic levels of disease than health, and we now face the very real possibility that successive generations will live shorter and more degraded lives as a result.
The good news is that there are thousands of youth leaders all over the planet who are not only figuring out what is wrong with the food system, but who are also finding ways to fix it…in some rather remarkable ways. Some of the most compelling public education projects related to fixing the food system are led by youth. Their voices can be powerful and compelling.
If you are one of these remarkable people, or you happen to know of a young person who is doing remarkable things to improve human nutrition, please let us know. We would like to feature the remarkable work and leadership of “Youth Ambassadors” on the IRN website, and look for other creative ways to support exemplary efforts.
Elias Rosenthal is a high school sophomore in Santa Rosa, California who runs Teens4Health.org and Teens4Biz.org. He loves playing basketball and baseball and dreams of a career in sports medicine - maybe treating college or professional athletes. He enjoys studying sports injuries and nutrition – from learning to read misleading ingredient labels to understanding why teens crave unhealthy foods with artificial ingredients. Follow Elias @Teens4Health and @Teens4Biz. Check out our interview with the insightful teen here.
Whittney Sullivan is a teenager with a purpose. In her youth she has made the decision to quit sugar and eat real food. Besides doing research on sugar she is a participant in the Weber State University Early College Program. She plans to graduate high school with an Associates of Science in the spring of 2017. After this she hopes to continue on to complete a master’s degree in healthcare administration, and work alongside top nutrition experts to make an impact in the diet and health of the world. Read Whittney's compelling story here.
Perry Rickard has been affected throughout her life by food allergies. During her freshman year of high school she decided to change her life by following her allergy restrictions and eating real food. Luckily, she lives in Austin, Texas, an allergy friendly city. However, she believes it's easy to eat well once you realize how good you can feel. She dreams of opening a non-profit to fund money for food allergy testing and becoming a holistic nutritionist. Read Perry's story here.