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Movie to Movement: Creating Social Change with the Documentary Film "Food Stamped"


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Movie to Movement: Creating Social Change with the Documentary Film "Food Stamped"

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Title: Movie to Movement: Creating Social Change with the Documentary Film "Food Stamped"
Author: Potash, Shira
Advisor(s): Perry, Christina
Committee Member(s): Perry, Christina
Avila, Magdalena
Walters, Lynn
Department: University of New Mexico. Dept. of Teacher Education
Subject: food justice
socio-economic status
media theory
stages of change
documentary film
health disparities
food stamps
health behavior
LC Subject(s): Food stamps--United States
Obesity--Social aspects--United States
Obesity--Economic aspects-United States
Public health--Social aspects--United States
Public health--Economic aspects--United States
Documentary films--Social aspects--United States
Degree Level: Masters
Abstract: There is substantial evidence linking obesity to lower incomes. Governmental food and farm policy directly affects the affordability, availability, and accessibility of healthy food in low-income areas. Policy also impacts the supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) and nutrition education for SNAP recipients. Documentary film is a powerful medium that can be used for social change. This paper explores the ways in which documentary film can be used to decrease health disparities and improve public health. Specifically it provides the scientific evidence and theoretical framework for the creation of the documentary film, Food Stamped. Similar to other popular documentary films such as Super Size Me and Sicko, Food Stamped uses a humorous and entertaining approach to investigate serious subject matter. The film critically examines the relationship between socio-economic status and the obesity epidemic. This paper provides a distribution and outreach strategy for the film, as well as recommendations for evaluation and further research in this area.
Graduation Date: May 2011
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/12794

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Foodstamped.mpg 619.6Mb MPEG video View/Open Documentary film

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