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Recipes for Change: Amy Kalafa

Date: 1:00pm EDT March 29, 2014

Lunch Wars: How to Start a School Food Revolution and Win the Battle for Our Children’s Health.
n association with the 4th annual Locavore Lit Festival celebrating Washington College’s commitment to environmental sustainability by bringing food local authors to Chestertown, the Starr Center, the Center for Environment & Society, and the Department of Anthropology present nutritionist and filmmaker Amy Kalafa.

For over 25 years, Amy Kalafa has produced award-winning films, television programs and magazine articles in the field of health education. Amy’s production credits include three seasons of Dr. T. Berry Brazelton’s parenting show, “What Every Baby Knows”, PBS specials, “Our Nation’s Health: A Matter of Choice” and “Healthy Aging”, as well as the Reiner Foundation’s, “The First Years Last Forever”. She has produced food and health segments for “Martha Stewart Living”, has appeared as a guest chef on PBS’s “Cultivating Life” and is a writer/producer for PBS’s “Lidia’s Italy”. Amy holds a Lectureship at the Yale School of Medicine and Psychiatry for her work in the field of health communication, in recognition of a series she created for Court TV, “Inside the Criminal Mind”. Amy has worked on numerous training films for Yale University and the US Department of Education.

Amy is also a holistic health and nutrition counselor and a Lyme disease consultant. Her advocacy work extends to her personal life as well. She served a four-year term on the advisory board of the Weston / Westport Health District’s CDC funded “Target Lyme” prevention initiative and she is a founding board member of the AIDS Treatment Data Network, a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher and an organic farmer. She and her husband Alex have two daughters who have always brought their lunch to school.

This lecture is the third of four lectures in the Recipes for Change series. This series is sponsored by the C.V Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, the Center for Environment & Society, and the Anthropology Department.

Other Locavore Lit Festival events include:

Thursday, March 27, 6 PM - wine tasting at The Bookplate, Elizabeth Beggins
Friday, March 28, 7 PM - Chef Ann Cooper, author of Lunch Lessons: Changing the Way We Feed Our Children, Hotchkiss Recital Hall, Washington College
Saturday, March 29, 10:00 AM-Noon - open houses at the Chestertown Middle and WC gardens 
Saturday, March 29, 1:00 PM- talk by author Amy Kalafa, author of Lunch Wars: How to Start a School Food Revolution and Win the Battle for Our Children’s Health, Emmanuel Church 
Saturday, March 29, 2:30 PM - panel of local persons working on farm to school programs, Emmanuel Church
Saturday, March 29, 4:00 PM - mixer/reception
Sunday, March 30, time 1-4 PM - open house at Turner’s Creek/Knox Folly with the Sassafras Environmental Education Center