Interim Events: Feeding Minds: Texas Takes on Hunger and Obesity

Two members of the Texas Food Policy Roundtable are creating a new PBS special called Feeding Minds: Texas Takes on Hunger and Obesity. Camille Miller, President/CEO of the Texas Health Institute, and Jeremy Everett, Director of the Texas Hunger Initiative, are co-hosting. Through this program, they hope to raise awareness to the overlapping issues of Hunger and Obesity, and discuss the solutions to the problems. This project includes online outreach efforts as well as an on air production.
Seven Texas PBS stations are producing individual, stand-alone documentary packages that will be woven together with the hosts’ narration and select state-wide expert interviews.  These seven stations are:  Austin/KLRU, Corpus Christi/KEDT, Dallas/KERA, El Paso/KCOS, Houston/KUHT, Lubbock/KTXT and San Antonio/KLRN.  Amarillo/KACV is serving as the program coordinator/producer.  Program content will address the following topics:

  • Defining the overlapping issues of childhood obesity and hunger – how they co-exist and why we should care
  • What is happening at the state level on these issues
  • What is happening on a regional level on these issues (Rural and Urban Communities: Faith Based Community and Food Banks/Food Deserts)
  • What is happening on a community level on these issues (Schools, Restaurants, Grocery Stores and Community Gardens/Fresh Foods/Nutrition Education)
  • What can happen on an individual level on these issues (individual choices and accessing resources)

The specific air date in February 2012 will be determined in October 2011, once PBS spring programming schedules are shared with Texas PBS stations for planning purposes.
Stay tuned for further updates!