Fantabulous news coming up: our friends at Urban Explorer are back with the second installment of their "Smart Thinking" series and this time, the theme is SUGAR! Aimed at the whole family, this is promising to be a real thought-provoking and no doubt enlightening event which you and the kids simply can't miss.
Here we chat to Ana, the lady behind these super inspiring events, about what we can expect on the day.
"We are a screening That Sugar Film for families with children aged 8+ at the Royal Geographical Society in Kensington on Saturday, 7th November. The screening will be followed by a Q&A and discussion with a panel of doctors, nutritionists and healthy eating experts.
Damon Gameou, documentary maker has come to London from Australia to chat to kids about the film and what he has discovered about health and sugar since making the documentary. He will be joined on the panel by cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra, who is also a member of Action on Sugar trying to get 'big food' and government to change their stance and acknowledge the damage done by all the sugar unnecessarily added to food. BBC food presenter and cook Merrilees Parker, the lovely Hemsley + Hemsley sisters are joining us, Lizzie King, nutritionist and founder of Vitalove, healthy, organic children's food, and nutritionist / founder of Wild Nutrition Henrietta Norton, who happens to specialise in children's and pre-natal nutrition.
Following the screening and panel discussion, there is an opportunity to chat with the panelists, get books signed, and Whole Foods Market who are sponsoring the event, will have a few sample tables with healthy food and some fun things for kids to do.
Why did you pick Sugar as a theme?
"Because it's ONE thing, to focus on reducing, not a huge cut-out everything lifestyle change ie. wheat / dairy / meat etc. It's do-able. But, it's also challenging because it is literally everywhere, and it's such an important fact for kids to understand from a young age so they can make smart choices about what they eat. Food affects everything we do and the quality of life we lead long-term. The concept of 'Smart Thinking' applies to everything and kids from a young age, are very capable of making wise decisions, they know right from wrong and healthy from not-so-much, they simply are not armed with enough convincing information to willingly choose what is the best option. Hopefully, the film will have an impact. it's not about making anyone feel guilty about what may have been before, but to empower them to leave and hopefully make some changes - even tiny ones add up."
Thank you Ana, we CANNOT wait!
Book your tickets here but hurry as there are only a handful left!