Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Two Angry Moms

Two Angry Moms is more than a movie, it’s a movement to action.  It all started with documentarian Amy Kalafa and Dr. Susan Rubin, two moms who were fed up with the lack of nutrition education and healthy food in our school systems.  According to their site:
  • 35% of American children are obese or at risk
  • Americans spend $200 billion per year in diet-related health care costs
  • 50% of all cancer could be prevented through healthy diet and exercise
  • The average American life expectancy ranks 27th in the world.
  • In the past 20 years, the cost of fresh fruits and vegetables has risen 40% while the cost of soda, sweets, meat, dairy, fats and oils has decreased by as much as 20%.
            The mission of Two Angry Moms is to “collect two million moms (and dads and others) to send a clear message to school administrators, state and national legislators, and government officials acknowledging the connection between whole, nutritious food and better children's health and scholastic performance”.

            On their site (, you’ll find more information about the moms and their mission, video clips, and resources for parents and anyone interested in making a difference, including this PDF of an action plan to initiate with your school district, in your home, and how you can act locally and nationally.

            The Angry Moms even have a “groupsite” where you can communicate (through discussions, group blogs and email blasts), share (calendars, files, and photos) and network (with other members.  There are also video clips and a list of upcoming events.

            Interested in learning more?  "Two Angry Moms"~ Movie Screening & Panel Discussion ~ hosted by Dr. Madhu Mathur & Bridget Fox, Chair of the Stamford School Readiness Council

                        Monday, May 23, 2011
                        7:00 - 9:00 pm
                        At the Avon Theatre,
                        272 Bedford Street, Stamford, CT

            On Monday, May 23rd at 7:00 p.m., the Stamford School Readiness Council, in partnership with the Avon Theatre, Stamford Hospital, and the United Way of Western Connecticut, is bringing the acclaimed film documentary Two Angry Moms to Stamford. Two Angry Moms chronicles what happens when two fed-up moms start a grass-roots revolution to bring attention to the need for nutritious food options in schools. The film documents the efforts of leaders in the better school food movement, as they take on the system across the country. Importantly, Two Angry Moms shows not only what is wrong with school food, but offers strategies for overcoming roadblocks and getting nutritious food into school cafeterias.

A panel discussion immediately following the movie will begin at 8:00 p.m. and will feature:

· Moderator ~ Dr. Madhu Mathur, Stamford Hospital
· Dr. Dale Atkins, Licensed Psychologist (and frequent guest on the Today Show)
· Dr. Sharon Akabas, Associate Director for Educational Initiatives, Columbia University
· Amy Kalafa, Filmmaker
· Ken Wolfe, Director of Dining Services, Stamford Public Schools

RSVP REQUIRED: The screening is free to the public and tickets may be reserved on a first come/first serve basis by clicking on:

            So what are you waiting for?  Visit their site, sign the pledge, and fight for a healthier future for our youth!

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