Talks

Viva! Health speakers offer many talks for various audiences. You can watch some of them here, on our YouTube channel or you can request one of the speakers to give a talk at your event. Read some of the comments from people whose lives have been changed by one of the talks we have given. 

If you'd like to contact us to request a talk, please email health(@)viva.org.uk or call the office at 0117 944 1000.

Talks by Juliet Gellatley, BSc Zoology, Dip CNM, Founder & Director of Viva!, Nutritional Therapist

Juliet is a very experienced and entertaining speaker. She has given many hundreds of talks to many different organisations (from the Women’s Institute and Rotary Clubs to youth clubs), at special events (keynote speaker at the inauguration of a Mayor to annual meeting of Institute of Jainology, House of Commons), to schools, universities and at countless exhibitions and festivals

Why You Don’t Need Dairy

Juliet’s compelling talk asks: is it natural to consume milk after weaning? Indeed is it natural to consume cow’s (or goat’s) milk at all? What is the life of a dairy cow and how does this link to our health? Why has dairy been linked to cancers? How do growth hormones and oestrogen in milk affect us? What are the dangers of milk protein and saturated fats? Do we – and especially our children – need calcium from dairy? If not, where should we obtain it and how do we ensure we have strong bones?

Mood Food

Mood Food explores why what you eat affects your mood, view of yourself and the world. Why going vegan helps you beat the blues! 

  • Why the links between mental health and what we eat are so strong
  • What does it mean to really live healthily?
  • What do our brains need in order to thrive?
  • Why do some foods make us happy and some make us irritable and anxious?
  • How to feel more energetic!

Four fifths of the UK population claim to be low on energy. Even more say they become impatient too quickly. Our nation takes over 800 million anti-depressants pa. There are many factors involved but when you are feeling low, anxious or irritable, or your memory isn’t what it should be, do you ever question the role of your diet?

Juliet explores the role of food in our mood. She explains what nutrients are needed to make ‘happy hormones’, good munchies for motivation and the best brain boosters. She explains why meat and dairy can drag you down and fruit can make you well, fruity! A fascinating insight into the impact of food on mind and soul!

      SWINE!

Screening of SWINE the movie (18 minutes), an exciting thriller-documentary; followed by a talk by Juliet. She talks from the heart about Viva! Investigations and asks Are We Sleepwalking into a Superbug pandemic?

Would you pay the ultimate price to save the lives of millions? 

About SWINE!: Rumours of a recent mutation in the MRSA super bug infecting the UK pig population has prompted Guard-Media journalist Jack Tomlins to go undercover in a pig farm. His search for the truth leads him to make a shocking discovery. Everything hangs in the balance as Jack tries to tell the world what he has seen.The film is written and directed by Damien Clarkson and Robbie Lockie of Growing Box and made for Viva!. The film investigates the misuse of antibiotics in factory farms, revealing some shocking truths about the increasing ineffectiveness of the world’s most important antibiotics due to standard farming practices.

The film sees journalist Jack Tomlins (portrayed by two-time World Freerunning Champion Timothy Shieff) go undercover in a UK factory farm to investigate rumours of a MRSA superbug outbreak in the pig population. In his search for the truth, he makes some shocking discoveries and all hangs in the balance.

 

Wheat-Eaters or Meat-Eaters?

Juliet tackles the myths that we are ‘meant’ to eat meat and dairy, after all that’s the way we’re designed, isn’t it? Have we got the anatomy of a carnivore/omnivore or of a plant-eater? And why does it matter? She explores what really is a healthy diet with a fun quiz – find out how near or far you are from the perfect diet!

Saving the World with Your Knife and Fork

Almost every one of the world’s exploding environmental catastrophes has its roots on the dinner plate! Juliet explores how grazing for meat and dairy animals and growing vast areas of soya and other animal feed are inexorably destroying planet Earth. And she offers the solution: change your diet – change the world!    

You Are What You Eat!

Digestion problems are running rife in the UK! How does going vegetarian or vegan affect digestion? Is meat hard to digest and why. What do animal products do to our digestive organs? What makes cancers of the stomach or colon more likely? Does what we eat affect other digestive disorders such as ulcers and reflux? Learn about your amazing liver! Why is liver health connected to your mood? Do detoxes work? Are ‘bad’ foods such as meat, dairy and alcohol ever good? Find out this and, of course, more in a fascinating talk.

Menopause Madness

Are you a hostage to hormones? Sixty to 70 per cent of British women experience menopausal symptoms, with many feeling unable to tell their partners. Don’t suffer in silence, seek help. Juliet explores what eases menopausal symptoms safely and asks does a vegan diet help? Do ‘natural’ supplements work – Juliet shows what science reveals. And controversial HRT – is the hype on its lack of safety fair? 

Take the Health Challenge!

What does a healthy diet really mean? Do we need any meat? What about fish? Any fat? Is sugar all bad? And alcohol – the good news about red wine! Should we be eating more raw? Or cooked? Are we meant to be omnivore, vegetarian or vegan? What’s the evidence? What do you eat and how could you make easy improvements? How to eat for energy!

Why You Don’t Need Meat!

What is the natural diet of a human? What foods help us thrive with maximum energy and vitality and why? Do we have an inherent need for meat in our diet? When did our species start to eat meat and how does this relate to our health today?

Meat is linked to many chronic diseases including various types of cancer, heart disease, stroke and diabetes type II. Juliet explores why this is the case, explaining recent health studies in an entertaining style. She looks at the nutrients in meat and explains their impact on the human body. Juliet also explains how to have a healthy diet without meat and invites you to join in a fun quiz about your own diet!

The Big Benefits of Going Meat-Free

Meat is a major cause of many chronic diseases including various types of cancer, heart disease, stroke, food poisoning and diabetes type II. Juliet explores why this is the case, explaining recent health studies in an entertaining style. 

Going meat-free not only has big benefits for your health – but also for the planet and for animals. Juliet explores the positive impact of going meat-free. She also explains how to have a healthy diet without meat and invites you to join in a fun quiz about your own diet!

I Don’t Want Cancer…

Or diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s… so what should I eat?

What’s all the fuss about a vegan diet? Why are so many people changing? Do we need meat or dairy? What are we ‘meant’ to eat?  Juliet will explore what really is a healthy diet, what are the benefits of going vegan and you can find out how near or far you are from the perfect diet! Free nutrition guide given in this talk!

The Soya Story

Is soya a superfood or health risk? It’s hard to decide what to believe – some praise it as a super-bean, others warn against it. Find out what the latest scientific research says and whether there’s any truth to the tabloid claims!

30 Day Vegan

Viva! runs an incredibly successful and free 30 Day Vegan programme to help people make the switch to a healthier, happier and kinder diet. An informative and fun talk to discuss ways to go and stay vegan and how easy and rewarding it is. Sign up to go vegan for a month at www.viva.org.uk/30dayvegan

The Dark Side of Dairy

Cows produce milk to feed their babies – just like humans. It flows for the best part of a year and then stops. More milk requires more babies. That’s the reality of dairy farming – the visible, obvious side of the industry. But there is another, cruel, much darker side to dairy which few see and even fewer know about. A fascinating and moving talk that’ll give you plenty of food for thought

Bird Brain

Chickens have long been maligned as ‘stupid’ animals; scientists, however, now say that chickens are smart with advanced thinking skills – able to plan ahead, communicate precise information and feel empathy.

Yet, chicken farming is the epitome of life is cheap. ‘Everyday’ whole chickens sell for £2.48 at Tesco - all that suffering for £2.48. The numbers are crazy, close to one billion little lives wiped out each year in the UK alone. People celebrate the smartness of wild birds yet dismiss chickens as being unintelligent, worthless. Hear about crafty hens such as 007, affectionate hens like Lucy - and the natural life of their living ancestors and what they tell us about how we farm chickens today.


Talks by Veronika Powell, MSc Biology, Viva! Senior Campaigner, Researcher and Nutrition Adviser

Veronika Powell MSc is a researcher and campaigner at Viva! and Viva!Health specialising in the links between diet, health and disease. Veronika is a biologist and a qualified teacher; she has worked on a number of major campaigns since 2004. After spending several years campaigning against animal experiments working with schools, universities, cosmetics companies and politicians, she moved on to vegan nutrition and health to show people that a plant-based diet is the best possible. Her research and campaigning efforts have been focused on diabetes, bone health, benefits of vegan diets and also the dairy industry in the recent years, specifically on exposing the reality of dairy farming, its environmental impacts and the consequences of dairy consumption on human health. She has given many talks to audiences varying from local diabetes groups to healthcare professionals at King’s College London and at local as well as national events.

Why Vegan Diets Work

With an increasing amount of interest in vegan diets, there’s a fast growing body of research confirming that humans thrive on a vegan diet. This talk explains why and how vegan diets make us healthier and reduce the risks of many diseases. Whether you’re just curious or been vegan for years, this talk is for everyone and gives you a bundle of useful information to take home. With the new The Incredible Vegan Health Report available at this talk.

Break Free

Despite the dairy industry’s advertising efforts, an overwhelming amount of scientific research shows that dairy products are not beneficial for bones in the long term and calcium supplements won't prevent osteoporosis. However, diet and lifestyle are the two critical factors in the development and maintenance of strong bones and this talk will show you what really matters when it comes to bone health and that you don’t need dairy products at all.

Defeating Diabetes through Diet

Diet is a key player when it comes to diabetes. A vegan diet can not ony help prevent type 2 diabetes, it can also significantly improve the health of diabetics, reducing and even eliminating the need for medication and reducing the risk of health complications. It can also help type 1 diabetics manage the condition better and prevent numerous health issues. This talk explains the three rules the D-Diet is based on and how to make them work for you.

The Safety of Soya

Is soya a superfood or health risk? It’s hard to decide what to believe – some praise it as a super-bean, others warn against it. Find out what the latest scientific research says and whether there’s any truth to the tabloid claims!

Vegan Life Hacks

Whether you’re thinking about becoming a vegan or you’ve been one for a while and need to update your know-how, this talk is for you. Answers to tricky questions, science bites and practical tips – it’s all there! I’ve done all the hard work so you don’t have to! This talk will show you how to make the most of your vegan lifestyle and have fun with it. 


Talks by Justin Kerswell, MSc Communications Systems, Viva! Campaigns Manager & Deputy Director 

Justin Kerswell MSc is the campaigns manager at Viva! and has over a decade’s worth of experience in campaigning on vegan and animal related issues. Justin has led a number of successful campaigns including persuading Marks and Spencer to stop debeaking ducks and securing a ban on sale of foie-gras on Amazon’s UK site. He has also led the call for a complete dairy boycott in response to the Government’s badger ‘cull’. He also oversees Viva!’s undercover investigations and regularly works with national journalists to place stories seen by millions that expose animal abuse and promote veganism. 

The Black and White Scapegoat

Sadly, badgers have been shot in two areas of England as part of a terminally misguided attempt to control TB in cattle. Badgers are scapegoats for farmers' failings and outrageous political backslapping. Find out why the dairy industry is the main driving force in killing badgers – and how dumping dairy also helps wildlife.  

Undercover for animals

Over the last 20 years, Viva! has filmed undercover on countless factory farms – and exposed the conditions we found there in both the national and local press. Find out why we don’t think that British farming is the best – and why we have produced our own compilation of footage called Cruel Britannia.


A talk by Justin Kerswell & Jane Easton

30 Day Vegan: improve your life in just one month

Last year, Viva! launched the incredibly successful and totally free 30 Day Vegan programme to help people make the switch to a healthier, happier and kinder diet. This is an informative and fun talk/workshop to discuss ways to go and stay vegan and how easy and rewarding it is. With Viva!’s food and cookery co-ordinator Jane Easton and Viva! campaigns manager Justin Kerswell. Sign up to go vegan for a month at www.viva.org.uk/30dayvegan