Day 103–What’s On Your Plate?

I heart Advocates for Health in Action (AHA). I think I’ve learned more from this local non-profit than I have from any other single source. Their acronym, when pronounced (Aha!) is a sound I make frequently when learning from them–how convenient! We enjoyed the Dig In! conference on community gardening last month and I picked many healthy fundraising ideas from a recent workshop. Now, we have another opportunity for family learning through a public screening of a documentary called “What’s On Your Plate?”.

“What’s On Your Plate?” is a 75 minute documentary produced by two 11-year-old girls. That’s right–11 year olds. Inspired by a really great local tomato they had while on vacation, the girls decided to explore why their fresh farm tomato tasted better than what they found in their local market. This led to a fuller exploration of where food comes from, how it is processed and how it gets to your table. Really, any documentary that investigates funyuns is ok in my book–I still can’t figure those things out.

The screening is free (reservations required, click HERE) on Tuesday, April 17th at the Cary Arts Center. Doors open at 6:00 and community booths, including Great Harvest Bread Co., the Cary Pocket Garden and others will be on hand with goodies. The film starts at 6:30 and is followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with a pediatrician, nutritionist and others. If you complete a challenge following the film, you can enter to win all kinds of healthy prizes. I saw a preview of the film and it looks wonderful–funny, smart and engaging–just like the young ladies who produced it. We will post a review of the film after seeing the full production, but if this is showing in your area, you might want to take advantage of it!

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  1. Sounds quite interesting. It is so wonderful that young people produced the topic, maybe it will start a conversation that could to better things.

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  2. Are these girls friends with the girl that tried to grow the sweet potatoes? I think you must be surrounded by middle school genius! If Cary wasn’t 4 hours from here I would totally be there!

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    • The girls are actually from New York City, which probably explains why they hadn’t tasted a real tomato before! Then again, probably most suburban Cary kids probably haven’t had a real tomato either. But come on down to Cary!!!

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  3. I saw this on Netflix but watched Forks over Knives instead! I will def be having my own viewing party tonight. Funny how tomatoes have that effect on people. The same thing happened to me. . .

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