While the fight for democracy is still important for African Americans, an equally important realm of doom looms over the protestors’ descendants, deserving of the Black press’ attention and support. Obesity in children is this doomsday domain.
According to the Robert Woods Foundation’s State of Childhood Obesity study (https://stateofchildhoodobesity.org/children1017/), the childhood obesity rate for Black youth ages 10 to 17 was 28.3 percent between 2019 and 2020. According to studies, today’s youngsters may be the first generation to live shorter lifetimes than their parents. Without prompt intervention, the future for Black youngsters, particularly those growing up in urban areas served by Black newspapers, seems even more gloomy. This intervention must consider how Black children learn and what interests them.
It won’t function otherwise. Nuts About Health, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) health education organization, has been looking for the perfect vehicle to reach and teach children and their parents about childhood obesity prevention since its establishment in 2005. Two years ago, the organization posed the following question: What do kids in every American household do all day, every day, over and over? I like to watch animated movies. Nutsville: The Movie, an animated full feature 2D children’s film that chronicles the adventures of a young nut and his three companions, was inspired by this insight. The three buddies take on the Obesity Monster and his poor-health-eating agents, Mr. Fry and Little Chip, on their quest for self-discovery and optimal health.
Dawn M. Slade, Executive Director of Nuts About Health, Inc., comments that the film is an important tool in the organization’s fight against pediatric obesity. “I have been battling childhood obesity since I was an obese child. Based on my personal experience and my work with young children over the years, I knew we needed an unconventional solution to the childhood obesity crisis.” According to Slade, traditional techniques of reaching and teaching young children about healthy eating are insufficient to promote change or to counteract the demand for junk food and fast food.
Junk foods and fast foods, according to Dawn, “have been expertly engineered for addiction and aggressively marketed to young children as young as two years old.” Nutsville: The Movie is an unusual venue for teaching children and their parents about healthy eating choices. “We recognize that little kids watch their favorite movies over and over again, and enlist their parents in watching them too,” explains Dawn.
“Nutsville: The Movie captures the attention of young viewers and teaches them about healthy eating and living while enjoying a lively and engaging storyline that includes catchy musical numbers. Since Nutsville is destined to become their new favorite animated film, Nutsville will deliver a continuous reel of good health messages to kids and their parents, through a cast of fun and compelling characters,” states Dawn.
Veronica B. Chandler wrote the screenplay for Nutsville: The Movie with Summer Martin and Gregory Smith, two talented screenwriters. “It has been an immense privilege for us to bring Nutsville to life,” says Veronica. “I am excited to see how audiences will react to the world we have created.” Gregory Smith is also a voiceover artist who does the main character’s voices. Colon Hayward, a seasoned musician, and composer, composed and produced the original music. Donijah Collier, a Visual Consultant for the film, is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago, which focuses on Arts and Media disciplines.