|KRCB programs explore healthy lifestyles
Local public television station KRCB Health Connections continues with the presentation of programs designed to educate on the process of building a healthy community and living healthy lifestyles.
• “On The Edge: Family Homelessness In America,” May 8, 9 p.m.: This program discloses a world seen by few – the nomadic existence of women and children far from gritty ghettos and urban poverty. This documentary chronicles the struggles of seven women trying to escape homelessness in small towns and resort communities across America. Intertwined are painfully honest yet hopeful stories poignantly demonstrating the vulnerability of those living "on the edge."
• “Designing Healthy Communities: Social Policy In Concrete,” May 10, 8 p.m.: Dr. Richard Jackson, formerly of the California Department of Health, believes it is every citizen's right to live in a clean, healthy environment. This isn't the case for many low-income neighborhoods built near big transportation hubs, and former industrial cities like Oakland and Detroit. Health officials, community activists and a new breed of young Urban Pioneers are working to fix their cities by transforming urban wilderness and food desserts into inspirational new models for other troubled, urban communities.
• “Designing Healthy Communities: Searching for Shangri-La,” May 17, 8 p.m.: Jackson searches past and present America for healthy, sustainable communities of all sizes and shapes that can serve as models for the rest of our nation. His journey takes him to Roseto, Pa., Prairie Crossing, Ill., New York City, Charleston, S.C. and the forgotten 1960s urban renewal project of Lafayette Park in Detroit, Mich., the brainchild of four men, including visionary architect, Mies van der Rohe.
• “Parents' Survival Guide: Childhood Obesity,” May 22, 9 p.m.: The statistics surrounding childhood obesity are alarming. In the past three decades, the number of children considered overweight or obese rose 300 percent. Although the causes of childhood obesity vary, the effects do not: obesity compromises a child's growth, health and quality of life. This program addresses the multi-faceted solutions to this growing pediatric health problem, specifically the role parents can play as the "first line of defense" in their children's nutrition and fitness.