For far too long, discriminatory laws and policies have prevented people from living healthy lives.
A video featuring former music industry executive Shanti Das was shown at the Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival last week on Wednesday. The festival highlights notable feature, documentary and short films produced by and starring African-Americans worldwide.
Last week, the Martha's Vineyard African-American Film Festival showed episode 1 of Take Me Home, featuring Atlanta-based EmPOWERED To Serve ambassador, Shanti Das. In this episode, she discusses how she grew up in Peyton Forest, a food desert outside of Atlanta, Georgia and how living in a community without easy access to healthy food options drives a lot of health issues like high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and stroke in her community.
The Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival also known as "The Summer's Finest Film Festival" is now entering its 15th year on Martha's Vineyard. They have screened and promoted some of the most outstanding and emerging feature, documentary and short films produced by and starring African-Americans from across the world. The majority of screenings and events take place at Martha's Vineyard Performing Arts Center (MVPAC) in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts. The festival runs through Saturday.
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For far too long, discriminatory laws and policies have prevented people from living healthy lives.
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Leaders are people who are actively working - either professionally or as volunteers - to change policies and environments to help children eat better and be more active. We use the following criteria to evaluate whether to approve an applicant for Leader status with the Voices for Healthy Kids Action Center.
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At least one item must be checked within each of the following two categories:
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They are working on one of Voices for Healthy Kid's six issue areas:
Ensure foods and beverages in schools meet dietary guidelines
Expand community access to high quality food
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Improve built environment in communities to increase physical activity
Use pricing strategies to promote purchase of healthier foods
Use regulation/policy to reduce youth exposure to unhealthy food marketing
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Public Health Agencies
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Federal, state or local education agency or school board
If the applicant claims to work for an organization, at least one item must be checked below:
3. Applicant works for an organization:
Has an email address that matches the domain of the organization they list
Is listed on the organization website as staff
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