It should be easy for us to eat healthily - it isn’t. The food system is rigged against us, flooding our world with junk food then putting billions into marketing that makes it impossible to resist. We can and must redesign that system to protect the health and futures of millions of children.
We are tired of adults and experts leading the conversation on child health — it’s our health and futures on the line! We're leading a movement of young people to step up and take charge of the conversation. Listen up for our voices on national radio, TV and online: we’re not stopping until every child has access to healthy and nutritious food!
Young People in Power
National Youth Board
Our fearless leaders, Emily Yanchuk and Dev Sharma head up our National Youth Board — young activists from all over the UK pushing for the Government to keep their promise and urgently protect child health.
Birmingham Youth Board
Our Birmingham campaigners — headed up by Yumna Hussen and Ileen Sami — were only brought together last year, but we’ve already spearheaded a campaign asking the Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, to end junk food advertising on all buses, trams and trains. Learn more about the work of our Birmingham Youth Board so far and how you can support them.
London Youth Board
Led by Becky Odoi and Destiny McCatty, our London Youth Board recently published their manifesto ‘Bombarded by junk food: Our story’, calling for an end to junk food adverts in London. They’ve already had some positive responses and met with public health teams and council representatives from Tower Hamlets, Enfield, Hackney and Lambeth. Watch this space for our next steps after the local elections.
School Food Champions
Right now, we learn a bit about healthy eating in class, but step into our school canteens and find a flood of junk food options. And for those of us on free school meals, our options are even more limited. This year, more than 500 young people from over 40 schools across the country are working to identify what we want to change about our school food — and launching social action projects to make it happen.
Community Food Champions
Do you have many places to hang out in your local community that aren’t junk food shops? Have you ever noticed whether there’s affordable fruit and vegetables close to where you live? Or if the ads you see at the bus stop are promoting healthy or unhealthy options? We are working with young people in communities across the UK to explore these issues and make big changes — watch out for us coming to a town near you.