Hacking Hunger Episode #22: One Olympian’s Wake-Up Call in Uganda

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Good nutrition helped Natalie Coughlin earn the most Olympic medals of any female swimmer in U.S. history. But a recent trip to Uganda with World Food Program USA — where she met farmers, elementary students and refugees from South Sudan — transformed her perspective on nutrition and food. WFP USA's M.J. Altman talks to Natalie about her journey of discovery and how she intends to use her celebrity platform for good.

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Guest Bio: Natalie Coughlin

Natalie Coughlin is a 12-time Olympic medalist and the most decorated female swimmer in U.S. history. She now serves as a ZeroHunger Ambassador for World Food Program USA to inspire a new generation of Americans to support the lifesaving work of the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP).

World champion swimmer Natalie Coughlin shares a meal with students at Uganda's Moroto Primary School during a trip with World Food Program USA as the organization's newest ZeroHunger Ambassador.

“As an athlete, every macronutrient and every vitamin and mineral, that is so important to me just because I was trying to fuel myself with the best possible food so that I can shave hundreds of seconds off whatever race that I’m racing—to fuel my body with the best possible fuel so that I have this amazing performance when it matters.

 

And then when you contrast that to these families in Uganda that—it’s a matter of life or death, it’s not trying to perform on the Olympic stage, it’s getting through daily life.”