Combatting Teen Obesity

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The movie Precious has garnered the attention of the Golden Globes and the NAACP Image Awards.  Despite tackling many hard and unfortunate issues there is a glaring problem for the lead character, obesity.  If you’ve seen the movie obesity truly is the least of her problems but it presents a great opportunity to begin a dialogue about the risks of being overweight. 

The moment Precious runs down the street with a bucket of chicken is a LOL moment but overall that kind of diet is not a laughing matter.  She may have been hungry but a whole bucket of chicken is indulgent.  What is the deeper issue?  Is she seeking comfort in food?  Is it a temporary euphoria which doesn’t solve anything?

The famous Mayo Clinic has some pointers for parents on how to handle this topic with teens.  Please check out the Mayo clinic link which is very detailed but here are some important points:

  • Have a heart to heart
  • Dispute unrealistic images
  • Resist quick fixes
  • Promote activity
  • Suggest breakfast

Check out the more detailed info at:

Read our Series of Articles on Combatting Childhood Obesity in our Healthy Living Section

Article by Crystal A. Johnson, MCCN Editor

41st NAACP Image Award Nominees


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The NAACP Image Awards is the nation’s premier event celebrating the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts (motion picture, television, recording, and literature), as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors. 

This year the Awards show proves to be quite a Multi-cultural event with nominees including Adam Rodriguez, Paula Patton, Sandara Bullock, America Ferrera, Taye Diggs and more.

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Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture

Sandra Bullock

  • Anika Noni Rose – “The Princess and the Frog” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
  • Gabourey Sidibe – “Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire” (Lionsgate)
  • Sandra Bullock – “The Blind Side” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
  • Sophie Okonedo – “Skin” (Jour De Fete Films)
  • Taraji P. Henson – “Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself” (Lionsgate)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Adam Rodriguez

  • Adam Rodriguez – “Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself” (Lionsgate)
  • Anthony Mackie – “The Hurt Locker” (Summit Entertainment)
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor – “2012” (Columbia Pictures)
  • Danny Glover – “2012” (Columbia Pictures)
  • Lenny Kravitz – “Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire” (Lionsgate)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Paula Patton

  • Alfre Woodard – “American Violet” (Samuel Goldwyn Films)
  • Mariah Carey – “Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire” (Lionsgate)
  • Mo’Nique – “Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire” (Lionsgate)
  • Paula Patton – “Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire” (Lionsgate)
  • Zoe Saldana – “Avatar” (Paramount Pictures)
The nominees listed in the following categories were voted upon by Subcommittees.

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture

  • “American Violet” (Samuel Goldwyn Films)
  • “Amreeka” (National Geographic Entertainment)
  • “Endgame” (Montery Entertainment)
  • “Medicine for Melancholy” (IFC Films)
  • “Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire” (Lionsgate)

Outstanding Foreign Motion Picture

  • “The Maid” (Elephant Eye Films)
  • “Rudo y Cursi” (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • “Sin Nombre” (Focus Features)
  • “Skin” (Jour De Fete Films)
  • “The Stoning of Soraya M.” (Mpower Pictures)

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