Interview with Peggy Neu, President, The Monday Campaigns

by Cameron St. Germain

Peggy Neu, President, The Monday Campaigns

Peggy Neu is the President of The Monday Campaigns, a public health initiative that encourages people to use Monday as the day to start and sustain healthy behaviors.  Meatless Monday, the first campaign started in 2003, is now a global movement with initiatives in over 40 countries, demonstrating the universal appeal of an idea that is simple to understand and easy to do. Prior to joining The Monday Campaigns, Peggy was an EVP at Grey Worldwide, one of the world’s largest communications companies, working with clients such as Procter & Gamble, Aetna and the Department of Health and Human Services.

Where you grew up: York Pennsylvania

Where you live now: New York City

Background and education: BA in art history, 20 years in advertising

Food policy/food as medicine hero: Rob Graham

One word to describe our food system: Harmful

One word to describe our healthcare system: Misguided

Your favorite food: Tomatoes in season

Your breakfast this morning: Yogurt

Your last meal on earth: Capresse salad with toasted baguette

Must-have healing food/ingredient: Lentil soup

Food policy, health, food as medicine book, website(s) social media/blog must-follow/read:

Your elevator pitch for food as medicine? An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

Which widespread nutritional misconceptions worry you the most? People won’t get enough protein if they don’t eat meat

What do you see as the next step for food as medicine? Food prescriptions


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