Film Screening and Discussion of In Defense of Food at Milken Institute School of Public Health

The December 3 event will feature a special screening of the PBS documentary followed by a panel discussion of the issues raised by Michael Pollan’s best-selling book of the same name

Media Contact: Kathy Fackelmann, 202-994-8354, kfackelmann@gwu.edu

WASHINGTON, DC (November 30, 2015)—The Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness at Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH) at the George Washington University (GW) will hold a special pre-screening of the PBS documentary In Defense of Food, a new film that explores the science behind the 2008 book of the same name by journalist Michael Pollan. In Defense of Food examines how the modern diet of processed foods has led to an epidemic of chronic diseases as well as unsustainable agricultural practices. Milken Institute SPH will host the DC area’s first special preview of the film followed by a panel discussion.

Pollan’s book and the documentary raise a host of questions for Americans and others around the world about the food and beverages that stock our pantries, including junk foods and sugar-sweetened beverages. Such processed foods have led to rising rates of obesity and Type 2 diabetes, including an unprecedented rise in childhood obesity.

Join us for this screening of the film followed by a panel discussion with award-winning author Michael Pollan, Michael Schwarz, producer and director of In Defense of Food, Debra Eschmeyer, senior policy advisor for nutrition policy at The White House and Kathleen Merrigan, the George Washington University’s executive director of sustainability. William Dietz, director of the Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness at Milken Institute SPH at the George Washington University, will moderate the panel.

In Defense of Food, a Kikim Media production, will premiere Wednesday, December 30, 2015, from 9 until 11 pm ET on PBS. Check for local listings. Major funding for the film was provided by the National Science Foundation and PBS.

EVENT:               
In Defense of Food: A Film Screening

WHEN:                 
Dec. 3, 2015; 6:30 p.m. Doors Open at 6 p.m.

WHERE:               
Milken Institute School of Public Health 
First Floor Convening Center
950 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C.  20052

MEDIA:                
The event is free but media should register and contact Kathy Fackelmann at 202-994-8354 or kfackelmann@gwu.edu to attend the event.

 

About the Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness:  Established in 2014 and located within Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, the Redstone Center identifies effective nutrition, physical activity, and communication strategies that improve the prevention and management of obesity and other related chronic diseases.  The Redstone Center is committed to reducing health inequities in the District of Columbia and beyond to promote health and improve lives.   

About Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University:
Established in July 1997 as the School of Public Health and Health Services, Milken Institute School of Public Health is the only school of public health in the nation’s capital. Today, more than 1,700 students from almost every U.S. state and 39 countries pursue undergraduate, graduate and doctoral-level degrees in public health. The school also offers an online Master of Public Health, MPH@GW, and an online Executive Master of Health Administration, MHA@GW, which allow students to pursue their degree from anywhere in the world.