New KET special examines childhood nutrition
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Well Fed offers lots of examples of strategies for encouraging healthy eating that you can adapt for your home, school, or community. Please consider using the documentary as a discussion starter. As an incentive, KET will provide a free DVD of Well Fed to a school or community group that has agreed to host a screening. Just email Laura Krueger to get your free copy. And tell us about the event!
In a society filled with super-sized fast food meals and a wealth of fatty, sugary, and salty prepackaged foods, it can be difficult for families to eat healthfully. Restaurant food that used to be reserved for special occasions is routine now. Some children in Kentucky have never eaten a fresh blueberry, strawberry, or banana. KET's Well Fed: Nourishing Our Children for a Lifetime explores childhood nutrition, its impact on health outcomes and obesity rates, and efforts across the state to make it easy for families to eat well.
Well Fed premiered Monday, Feb. 18 at 9/8 p.m. on KET. | All upcoming airdates
The program also examines the impact of food deserts on the nutrition of children. Food deserts are areas with limited or no access to large grocery stores with fresh and affordable foods but instead have lots of fast food restaurants and convenience stores. The program highlights efforts in Eastern Kentucky and Western Louisville to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables and to improve the food culture in the area.
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Featured Programs and Initiatives
Healthy for Life!, University of Louisville: A comprehensive pediatric obesity evaluation and treatment clinic located on the UofL Health Sciences Center campus.
Ky Hydro Farm: This Western Kentucky family farm offers products that are fresh and pesticide-free.
The Monday Campaigns: A national movement backed by leading public health schools that dedicates the first day of every week to health, for example, Meatless Monday, Kids Cook Monday, and Move it Monday.
Kentucky Farm to School Program: Encourages schools in the state to request and receive local produce if prices are comparable to out of state produce.
Food is Elementary, Food Studies Institute: Educates children about nutrition by providing a positive experience of food and food preparation that is fun, hands-on and sensory-based.
Healthy in a Hurry, Louisville Metro Public Health: Makes it possible for grocers in neighborhoods known as "food deserts" to carry fresh produce and other healthy foods.
New Roots, Inc.—Fresh Stop: A Louisville-based non-profit organization that works to improve the distribution and utilization of fresh foods.
Team Up 4 Health: Sponsored by Humana, this approach is based on small groups of about 2-6 participants who work together to achieve personal health goals. Right now it is a pilot program in Bell County.
Partnership for a Fit Kentucky: Available reports for download include "Shaping Kentucky's Future: A Community Guide to Reducing Obesity Local Success Stories" and "Farm to School Handbook."
Choose My Plate: A U.S. Department of Agriculture resource on how to create healthy meals.
Well Fed: Nourishing Our Children for a Lifetime follows the growth of a child, highlighting the importance of good nutrition starting in infancy and continuing through the teenage years.
While breast milk is universally hailed as superior to infant formula, breastfeeding rates in the state are among the nation's lowest. According to Dr. Rebecca Collins, director of the newborn nursery at UK HealthCare, this is largely due to a culture that doesn't support breastfeeding. We look at the hospital's recently implemented "Kangaroo Care" initiative to encourage breastfeeding.
Dr. Brooke Sweeney, director of the Healthy for Life! clinic at the University of Louisville, sees families struggling every day to regain control of their diets. Sweeney is also the mother of two young children and demonstrates how she prepares balanced meals for young taste buds.
The School Years
Schoolchildren face another set of nutrition challenges, from candy bar and cookie dough fundraisers to school lunches full of processed foods. We look at innovative efforts to change eating habits in several Kentucky schools—Bloom Elementary in Louisville, Graves Elementary in Mayfield, and Latonia Elementary in Covington. We also visit Montgomery County High School, where the Future Farmers of America program is raising its own beef to serve in the cafeteria.
The program also examines the impact of food deserts on the nutrition of children and highlights efforts in Eastern Kentucky and Western Louisville to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables and to change the culture of food in the area.
Well Fed: Nourishing Our Children for a Lifetime is a KET production, produced by Laura Krueger, and is funded in part by a grant from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.
This documentary follows up on KET's 2010 award-winning special report More Than Child's Play: Why Physical Activity Matters, which examined childhood obesity rates in Kentucky and the impact of children's sedentary lifestyles.