The 20-minute documentary was created by sixth- and seventh-grade students participating in the Film Club @ the Hub and showcases the challenges children face when it comes to access to quality food and physical fitness activities in the New Brunswick community. The student journalism project kicked off in January 2012 on Martin Luther King Day. From January through March, students determined areas of focus, developed interview questions and embarked on a journey to nearby corner stores, a local farmers market, restaurants and a community park.
“The project gave students the opportunity to take action and improve their overall health and quality of life in a way that was not only educational, but beneficial for their entire community,” said Maura Carey, coordinator for Film Club @ the Hub.
According to data from the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy, nearly 50 percent of children in New Brunswick are overweight or obese, compared to 21 percent nationally. Only 19% of New Brunswick children meet the recommended level of daily physical activity. In addition, the community has more convenience stores than supermarkets or other stores that offer healthier food options.
“Creating healthy communities is the key to reversing the obesity epidemic,” said Fatimah Williams-Castro, coordinator for New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids-New Brunswick. “When communities have access to healthy, affordable foods and safe places to walk, bike and play, our children have the benefit of a healthier, happier life.”
The video project was spearheaded by New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids-New Brunswick via a Youth Services America and UnitedHealth Group Heroes’ grant to New Brunswick Tomorrow.
This 20 min documentary was edited by 3rd Edge Communications.
Loading more stuff…
Hmm…it looks like things are taking a while to load. Try again?