Today I attended the Food Power Conference developed by MomsRising (a wonderful organization you should check out Moms Rising).
It was an invigorating day filled with passionate bloggers, parents, and community members who are committed to addressing the childhood and adult obesity epidemic rampant in the US and particularly in low income & communities of color.
I particularly loved watching the documentary Soul Food Junkies by Byron Hurt because it really teased apart many of the nuances of WHY soul food is an important part of black culture (historically) & HOW soul food can’t and shouldn’t be the only thing we focus on when trying to address the ‘problems’ in Black people’s diets.
There are many issues here to be discussed and if we are to make any headway on the massively daunting rates of diabetes, high blood pressure, pancreatic & other cancers in the Black community, we need to be willing to have tough and complicated conversations.
The breakout session on junk food marketing to children made my blood boil. I am inspired to work more with others and with organizations on this issue. I will post more links and info when I get involved.
Check out the MomsRising website and get involved! Our children need us to fight for their presents and futures