WEDNESDAY, MAY 27 AT 7:00PM | REGULAR ADMISSION PRICES at Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Tucson
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 Organization, Edible Baja Arizona, Southern 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.