‘Fed Up’ movie screening attracts crowd
More than 500 people came to the special screening of the documentary “Fed Up” on January 17. The screening was co-sponsored by the Palmer Chiropractic Clinics and the Putnam Museum & Science Center, and held at the Putnam’s National Geographic Giant Screen Theater. The initial screening sold out quickly, so a second showing was added to accommodate demand.
Community partners Standard Process, Food Hub and Radish Magazine joined Palmer and the Putnam for a Health & Activities Fair prior to the screening. Participants learned about Americans’ high consumption of sugar (the theme of the documentary) and how to make healthy changes.
“One of the main goals of this event was to offer resources to people to show them that you don’t have to be a gourmet chef to enjoy a daily diet that consists primarily of fresh, whole foods instead of processed and convenience foods,” said Julie Johnson, D.C., coordinator of Palmer Clinics Community Relations. “The impact of sugar on health, especially hidden sugars, cannot be understated. This film event provided an opportunity for the Quad-City community to engage in a discussion about sugar, quality food, marketing of food to children and ways to improve health in a very real way that doesn’t have to break the bank. The results of this event exceeded any expectation that I had for the outcome and I couldn’t be happier to have led such a tremendous occasion.”
“The movie had me riveted the entire time. I was amazed at the information that is and has been withheld from us,” said attendee Bobbi Mongeau. “The part that struck me most was how they compared sugar advertising today to that of cigarettes years ago when ads were shown during children’s programs.”