CSUN Event Gives a “Bite Size” View of Child Health

Illustration provided by Annette Besnilian.

Illustration provided by Annette Besnilian.

California State University, Northridge’s General Education (GE) Paths program is designed to develop a student’s personal and intellectual interests. These innovative programs develop special opportunities for students to explore a topic from an interdisciplinary perspective. “Fighting for Health: An Evening of Collaboration for Actionable School Solutions, with a special screening of the movie “Bite Size,”  is that kind of opportunity. The Health and Wellness GE Path is sponsoring a screening of the film, which focuses on the topic of childhood obesity on Thursday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m., at the university.

“Bite Size” showcases the stories of four inspiring kids from diverse backgrounds who are fighting for their health one day at a time. Greta McAnany, producer and creative director, of “Bite Size” stated: “Everyone struggles with being healthy, no matter your weight. So it was important to our team to make a film that reflected real people and situations that were more nuanced and less sensational like ‘The Biggest Loser.’ There is no film out there that captures the lives of children and families struggling with obesity and makes them the experts on what it is like to be an overweight kid in America today. Through ‘Bite Size,’ I wanted to allow them to tell their stories in their own voices so that the rest of us can begin to understand the complexity of this epidemic in order to solve it.”

This special event is a collaborative effort among CSUN’s Health and Wellness GE Paths Program, My School in Motion, Let’s Cook and Move in School, CSUN’s Nutrition Experts and McAnany. Apryl Krakovsky, CEO of My School in Motion, said she believes it is time to turn the focus on childhood obesity to actions that improve the health and wellness of children and their families. CSUN students, faculty, administration, elected officials and community members are invited to attend the screening and participate in the panel discussion following “Bite Size.”

The screening will take place in Nobbs Auditorium in Sequoia Hall, which located next to Lindley Avenue/East University Drive in the center of campus at 18111 Nordhoff St. in Northridge. It is a free event, but space is limited. To register, contact the Marilyn Magaram Center at magaram.center@csun.edu