Kevin Strong, MD Founder and President of Dunk the Junk, a nonprofit that uses music, art, and digital media to educate youth on the perils of soda and junk food consumption.
Dr. Strong received his MD from the University of Connecticut in 1999. He completed his internship and residency in pediatrics in 2002 at the University of California at San Diego. In 2011, in response to childhood obesity epidemic, he founded the nonprofit Dunk the Junk. Dunk the Junk is a youth led, art inspired revolution against soda and junkfood companies that target us with their harmful products. Dr. Strong uses clever branding and targeted messaging to inspire youth to put down the Pepsi and pick up the water. Dr. Strong has presented to students in over 100 schools nationwide. In collaboration with the NYC Health Department, Dr. Strong and his team of artists created a module to reduce and eliminate flavored milk consumption in the NYC public schools. His campaign, Operation: DEFEAT SODATRON has inspired children around the world to quit soda and sugary drinks for good. This past year Operation: DEFEAT SODATRON penetrated into the villages of Kenya and into the streets of Melbourne, Australia to warn youth of the harmful effects of soda and to challenge them to choose water over a path to soda fueled chronic disease.
In 2017 Dr. Strong founded International Quit Soda Day, an annual event on October 20th that brings together global health advocates in their efforts to reverse and prevent obesity. In 2018, while practicing rural pediatrics in Caribou, Maine, Dr. Strong was awarded the prestigous Mark Aisner Award for Excellence in Teaching from Tufts University School of Medicine.
Past speaking engagements include:
Pediatric Metabolic Health and Nutrition Summit, Seattle, Washington, January 2017, “Rethinking Infant Nutrition.”
Festival 21, Melbourne Convention Center, Melbourne, Australia, December 2015, “The Global Challenge of Sugar Addiction.”
NCDFREE Boston, Harvard Medical School, Sept, 2013, “Innovation in Global Health Messaging.”