When I received an email from Joe Cross Films that they had another great film coming out, I leapt at the opportunity to experience it right away. This film, like all of their others, did not disappoint.
The Kids Menu is a film about an epidemic that is plaguing the United States, and most of the world, childhood obesity. This film is not just another documentary about how fat everyone is getting and preaches to eat less and exercise more. Instead, it highlights communities, schools, organizations, and children around the US that are helping to end childhood obesity.
One of the biggest home runs for me was seeing how many schools and teachers were passionate about bringing fresh produce into their schools and banning processed junk food. Most schools around the US are government funded and the meals are funded and planned by those who only want to stick to their budget, and have no regard for the children’s health. These passionate people are working to find ways to change the minds of the students and find other means to fund a healthier lunch program. I also loved the teachers that despite not having a formal nutrition curriculum, they created classes and lessons that teach children all about nutrition labels, good and bad food, portion control, and how to make better choices. One teacher in particular integrated this information into her other lessons to really drive the point home.
This film also features some students who are making change in their communities by staging protests against junk food or creating community gardens. It was amazing to see how children who had never been exposed to swiss chard or kale were now growing it and loving it. They took pride in their work and not only learned some valuable lessons, but they are making a positive impact for generations to come.
This uplifting fun film is a definite see. You can rent it for 72 hours on Vimeo for a small fee. I suggest cooking a healthy meal with your family and sitting down with them to watch this inspiring film.