Presentation will teach healthy living
"Fed Up" is a documentary that premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and exposed the truths of the American food industry and the negative effects processed foods are having on Americans today.
On Tuesday, March 25, the Christian Center of Park City and Jewish Family Services along with People’s Health Clinic, Intermountain Healthcare and KPCW will offer a free screening of "Fed Up," in partnership with the Sundance Institute, at 6:30 p.m. at the Jim Santy Auditorium.
The Christian Center and Jewish Family Services offered the community a presentation last year by Dr. Mark Hyman, a wellness expert. This year, he will be back to speak about the documentary he is featured in.
Hyman will give an overview of the film after the screening and talk about the movie’s highlights, and then he will take part in a live Q&A with audience members.
According to Hyman’s official website, he has dedicated his career to identifying and addressing the root causes of chronic illness through "a whole-systems medicine approach known as functional medicine." He believes in healthy living and healthy eating, teaching high schools across the country about nutrition and fitness.
Rob Harter, executive director of the Christian Center, said the film premiered at this year’s Sundance and examines the foods that are being produced that people in the United States are eating without knowing how unhealthy they are for them.
"There is just a lot more information out there about what we are actually consuming, and it’s not all good news," he said. "With more information, we can make better choices as to how we eat and how it affects not just our bodies but our overall well-being."
Nann Worel, executive director of the People’s Health Clinic, said that while they will not be offering free services at the event, they will have a table set up with information about services offered at the clinic.
There will also be a table set up for Intermountain Healthcare, the Eat Awesome Things at School (EATS) program and other organizations in town that offer ongoing health services. Harter said all the tables will have information about education, seminars and different events the organizations host throughout the year.
"Like all partners, we just want to get the word out about a healthy lifestyle," Worel said. "Obesity is such a problem nationwide, so we will be giving tips and pointers for a healthier lifestyle."
Hyman will not only speak about the film but discuss his literature, and all who attend and have questions about how to lead a healthier life can participate in the Q&A after the screening.
"We feel his presentation and what information he brings is really an important message for this community in terms of how we can live healthier and eat healthier," Harter said. "We wanted to present something and provide that information for the community for free."
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