5pm Thursday 9th March
Alice Springs Public Library
To highlight World Kidney Day on Thursday 9th March a free public screening of That Sugar Film is being held at the Alice Springs Public Library from 5pm to 8pm. The event will be promoting healthy living through information stalls and healthy snacks, and will feature a short panel on kidney health.
The event is being organised by the Arid Lands Environment Centre as part of an Inspiring Australia project, which aims to engage regional communities in science through local science events.
‘That Sugar Film is a provocative documentary that looks at the unhealthy side effects of too much sugar in our daily diet. Part of the film is set in the Aboriginal community of Amata in South Australia to look at sugar’s devastating effectson indigenous health and what steps are being taken to engage communities about healthy food choices,” said Rachel O’Leary, Science Engagement Officer at the Arid Lands Environment Centre (ALEC).
“Kidney health and dialysis is a critical issue in Central Australia, and the ‘That Sugar Film’ event is focusing on promoting a healthy diet and regular exercise as the best way to prevent the development of chronic kidney disease, diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease,” said Rachel O’Leary.
“Healthy Living NT, Congress and Charles Darwin University will be some of the stallholders who will be promoting healthy living before the film from 5pm. At 6pm a panel of local health experts will discuss local projects, initiatives and research on kidney health, before the film screening at 6.30pm.”
The Arid Lands Environment Centre’s vision is ‘healthy futures for arid lands and people’ and by organising events like this we hope to encourage awareness of diet and kidney health here in Central Australia, as well as the science and research that is informing health initiatives. It is a free community event, open to anyone who is interested in science, nutrition and improving the health of our central Australian community,” said Rachel O’Leary.
Participants are encouraged to RSVP for catering purposes at http://www.alec.org.au/that_sugar_film_screening
5 to 6pm Healthy Living Stalls