“Bite Size” film about childhood obesity

    May 27, 2015 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    Loft Cinema
    3233 East Speedway Boulevard
    Tucson, AZ 85716
    regular admission prices
    WEDNESDAY, MAY 27 AT 7:00PM | REGULAR ADMISSION PRICES at Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Tucsonbite-size-poster-270x400

    Featuring a special introduction by Tucsonan Hailie Thomas, a nationally-recognized youth health advocate, motivational speaker and young chef recently featured in O Magazine and the Food Network’s “Rachael vs. Guy Kids Cook-Off!” Co-presented by The HAPPY OrganizationEdible Baja ArizonaSouthern Arizona Psychological Associationand The Loft Cinema.

    Four middle-schoolers from diverse backgrounds struggle with bullying, health challenges, and mixed messages from loved ones, in this sensitive and thought-provoking documentary on the obesity epidemic currently affecting one in three American children.

    Bite Size follows four young Americans from diverse backgrounds – Davion (12), Emily (13), Moy (11), and KeAnna (13) – as they deal with everyday struggles while also learning how to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Facing both bullying and health-related challenges, the four protagonists look to their friends, family, educators, and even a specialized weight-loss school for help; however, their loved ones aren’t always ready to change their own long-established behaviors, and some unwittingly hamper the young people’s success. When one in three American children live their lives overweight, will Davion, Emily, Moy and KeAnna be able to achieve self-acceptance and a healthy lifestyle despite the obstacles in their way? (Dir. by Corbin Billings, 2014, USA, 80 mins., Not Rated)

    Halie Thomas is an 8th grader at The Gregory School in Tucson, AZ. She is a health advocate for youth, popular motivational speaker, two-time TEDx presenter and young chef recently featured in O Magazine and the Food Network’s “Rachael vs. Guy Kids Cook-Off.” She is a youth advisory board member with Canyon Ranch Institute Life Enhancement Program, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Chop Chop Magazine and the Tucson Village Farm. Hailie is also a founder of the HAPPY Organization, partnered with the YWCA offering kids cooking classes, fun physical activities and nutritional education. Hailie is a Jr. Chef Advisor for Hyatt Hotels, consulting on their For Kids By Kids menu, as well as a contributing writer for Today.com, Polish Magazine, Van’s Natural Foods and Edible Baja Magazine, sharing healthy recipes. Hailie was the 2012 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge winner from Arizona, and was invited to introduce the First Lady during the 2nd Annual Kids State Dinner at the White House.

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).

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