Some Americans are healthier than others and, despite what you might think, it isn’t because some people just take care of themselves better than others. Rather, the conditions in which some people live have a lot to do with it. For instance, our current food system reflects historic inequalities that lie at the foundation of American society.
Correcting these inequities will take acknowledgement, hard work, and policy changes. By working to establish policies that positively influence social and economic conditions and those that support changes in individual behavior, we can improve health for large numbers of people in ways that can be sustained over time.
Participants in this webinar hosted by The Center for Mindful Eating will learn how to discuss food justice and identify the myriad factors that influence and determine quality of life in marginalized communities. They will able to recognize and define barriers to food access and clarify their role in what can be done to improve individual and community health outcomes.
Join Alex Askew and Michael Easterling, our two esteemed panelists who have been working for many years in the area of food and social justice. Alex Askew, who has over 35 years in the restaurant and hospitality field and is also a board member of The Center for Mindful Eating, edited a book entitled Mindful Eating for the Beloved Community –using food as a nexus and mindful eating as a platform to improve lives in the community. Micheal Easterling is a social entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience in non-profit capacity building. He has promoted events across the country that advance the development of sustainable local food systems. He has served as adviser to numerous groups including City Fresh in Northeast Ohio, City of Cleveland’s Urban Agriculture Working Group, Farm School NYC, a two-year certificate program in urban agriculture, and Black Urban Growers (BUGs). The panel discussion will be moderated by Jenna Hollenstein, a board member of The Center for Mindful Eating.
I hope you join us. Everyone is welcome. Professional members of The Center for Mindful Eating attend for free. The general public cost is $20. You can register here. This program offers 1 CE for Dietitians.