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The Color of Health, Part 1: A Growing Solution to the Food Desert Crisis

Entrants: Bianca Alexander and Michael Alexander

Affiliation: The Soul of Green


Year: 2009

Place: Third Place

Provide a brief synopsis of the story or stories, including any significant findings.

This series examines the growing divide between the health care "haves" and "have-nots" in racially segregated Chicago. A disproportionate number of people of color (specifically African Americans and non-white Latinos) are suffering from diabetes, breast cancer and other health problems at a much higher rate than non-Hispanic whites. Specifically, part I of this series examines the disparate levels of health between whites and people of color in the U.S., and takes a deeper look at one key factor that has been linked to this disparity: the rise of urban food deserts.

Judges' comments: This is a news program dedicated to telling stories about people of color working for sustainability and environmental justice. Part I of the series is about urban food deserts, neighborhoods with limited access to fresh produce, the impact on health and efforts toward solutions, including the urban farming movement. This is by no means a "big budget" effort – nevertheless, it tells an important story, is well edited, mixes interviews and voiceover commentary in a compelling way that moves the narrative smartly to a solution to a problem that impacts the health of many people in urban environments. The video online is accompanied by another video,. "Greening of the Ghetto" and an urban/green-focused blog by Conscious Living TV and the Soul of Green's correspondent, Bianca Alexander.

Read The Color of Health (Part I): "A Growing Solution to the Food Desert Crisis

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