Honored to be Named a National Food Hero by Vegetarian Times

Honored to be Named a National Food Hero by Vegetarian Times

by admin on August 3, 2012

I’m truly honored that Vegetarian Times magazine named me as one of  “The New Food Heroes: 10 Activists Who Are Out to Change the Way America Eats–for the Better.”

Here’s an excerpt from the story:

Straight Talker: Tracye McQuirter

Author, speaker, and public health expert Tracye McQuirter, MPH, has been promoting veganism for the past 25 years and continues to get the word out with her best-selling book, By Any Greens Necessary: A Revolutionary Guide for Black Women Who Want to Eat Great, Get Healthy, Lose Weight, and Look Phat.

McQuirter points out that African Americans have been pioneers in the plant-based food movement, including starting the first vegan health food stores and cafés in the nation’s capital in the 1980s. “Yet many in the black community are experiencing an explosive health crisis related to the unhealthy animal-based foods far too many eat today,” she says. “It’s especially critical with black women in this country, about 80 percent of whom are overweight, and 50 percent are obese. With that comes increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and cancer. We need to be targeted with information about how a plant-based diet can change all that.”

“Information and access are key,” adds McQuirter. “While food deserts are a real challenge for many people throughout the country, we have to remember that communities of color have a strong legacy of successfully organizing around and providing access to good, healthy food in our communities for decades. We need to continue to organize through our faith-based, civil rights, and social justice organizations, and fraternities and sororities to bring healthier foods into our schools and communities.”

Check out the full story in the latest issue of Vegetarian Times. Thanks, VT!

And if you’re new to the family and want to know more about the work I’ve been doing around healthy eating all these years, then by all greens check out my bio here. It’s been quite a journey!


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