The New Bedford Wellness Initiative continued its effort to raise health awareness with the goal to help prevent disease through healthy living organized a screening of the film "In Defense of Food" on March 15, 2016, at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. In the film, journalist Michael Pollan reports his recommendations for reversing the damage being done to people's health by today's industrially driven Western Diet. The film debunks the daily media barrage of conflicting claims about nutrition, Pollan offers a clear answer to the question of what to eat to be health in his summary statement: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." Following the film, Dr. David Ludwig, a noted endocrinologist, researcher at  Boston Children's Hospital, professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and professor of nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health, who was in the film, spoke about his new book, Always Hungry. Click here for the Standard-Times article. Click here for a fifty-minute video of the event. For more information on the Initiative, go to the New Bedford Wellness Initiative Facebook page.

(Top row) Mass in Motion New Bedford staff member Kim Ferreira, Abigail Hevey and Stephanie Reusch table at the event along with Dr. Rocha who mans his at his table with information on the New Bedford Wellness Initiative as the crowd gathers in the Whaling Museum auditorium. (Row two) Dr. Rocha introduces the 75-minute video featuring Michael Pollan. (Row three) Dr. Ludwig is prominently featured in the video along with Mr. Pollan's summary statement: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.". (Row four) Greater Fall River Partners School Wellness Coordinator Marcia Picard sits next to Somerset-Berkley High School health teacher Ann Malicone as they listen to Dr. Ludwig. (Row five) A member of the audience poses a question for Dr. Ludwig, and he takes questions from audience members following his talk. (Bottom row) Dr. Ludwig meets with audience members before signing copies of his book, Always Hungry, before posing for a photo with Dr. Rocha.

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