Byron Hurt’s ‘Soul Food Junkies’ Borough-Wide Screening Friday February 22nd

Thursday, February 21, 2013
Throughout the month of February, in celebration of Black History Month, 30 member organizations of The Partnership For A Healthier Brooklyn at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, will screen an award winning documentary, ‘Soul Food Junkies’ by Byron Hurt. Screenings are taking place at various venues throughout the month, the vast majority of events will take place on Friday, February 22, in an effort to draw attention to the issue and spark conversations about healthy eating and soul food. The documentary was first screened at Restoration in mid-November, to start a wider discussion about impacts of soul food and about food related issues affecting communities of color. With standing room only, and over 100 people in attendance, the event was a huge success and soon after, efforts to scale up and replicate the screening commenced. In the documentary the question is raised; is the food we love to eat causing chronic disease and killing us?

Here are some quick facts about the issue:
• Half of all adults have a chronic illness in the United States, resulting in 7 out of every 10 deaths.
• The issue is not just in adults, 17% of children in United States are obese.
• In 1990, a majority of States had obesity rates of 10-14%, and in 2010 a quarter of States had obesity rates of 33%. This means we went from having 1 out of 10 people obese, to 1 out of 3 in a quarter of the Nation.
• An estimated 935,000 heart attacks and 795,000 strokes occur annually
• 1 in 3 (83 million) Americans live with one or more types of cardiovascular disease.
• Chronic diseases lead to lost productivity, reduced quality of life, and premature death.

Program Coordinator, Verna D. Ademu-John, from the Partnership for a Healthier Brooklyn at Restoration said, “these are the very facts we want to bring to the attention of our communities. I believe creating borough-wide conversations and discussions around Healthy Eating is a way for the community to initiate steps to adopt healthier lifestyles”. The screening will take place at host organizations that include faith based organizations, health centers, for profit businesses, community based organizations and government. Events will serve healthy refreshments and include a panel discussion after the screening. Community members of all backgrounds and ages are expected to attend, and create a monumental buzz that will outlive the event. The participating organizations range from a young mother’s program in Boerum Hill; to a health spa in Bedford Stuyvesant, and community garden host in Brownsville.

Please direct comments and questions to Verna Ademu-John, Program Coordinator for the Partnership for a Healthier Brooklyn, vdademuj@restorationplaza.org.

About Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration please visit: www.restorationplaza.org
About the Partnership please visit: www.healthiernyc.org

The Partnership for a Healthier Brooklyn at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation is committed to improving the health of Brooklyn Residents by making the healthy choice, the easy choice. Healthier Brooklyn is a part of a citywide initiative, funded through a Community Transformation Grant (CTG) received by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Please visit and learn more at www.HealthierNYC.org.

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