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ESUMS Students Spread Word About Healthful Eating
by Ariela Martin | Sep 17, 2012 3:36 pm
“It starts here” was the message promoted by New Haven high school students in a public service announcement that will be shown in middle-school cafeterias.
Against the backdrop of the song “Forever” by Drake, Kanye West, and Eminem, the PSA featured NFL players, Olympic athletes, and students who demonstrated their abilities on the field. The goal: to spark young students to have discussions and become motivated to have healthier lifestyles.
The PSA, which has not yet been published online, was one of several shown as a part of Yale Peabody Museums of Natural History’s “Big Food” exhibit and lecture series on Thursday evening. Students from “ESUMS”—New Haven’s Engineering and Science University Magnet School—put it together.
Joel Suarez, director/editor and co-facilitator of The Color of Words edited and produced the PSAs, working with the students.
Last March, ESUMS students visited the Big Food exhibit, empowering them to spread the word about more healthful eating.
“Big Food was life changing. It changed my life at home, and I was shocked to see the stuff I ate on a daily basis was bad for me. I wanted other kids to learn the same that I learned. Eating unhealthy won’t make you do better, perform better, or help you in the long run,” said Elliot Rivera Rodríguez (pictured at top), an ESUMS student and Color of Words intern who spoke at the lecture.
Color of Words, a local company that trains young people in digital media arts, partnered with ESUMS and Big Food to promote a program for students to have the opportunity to spread the word about health to younger kids.
“This has been an amazing program for our students, that has impacted their lives and my life too,” said Color of Words founder Magalis Martinez, who teaches at ESUMS.
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Click the play arrow to watch interviews with ESUMS students at the Peabody exhibit.
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How sad that Martinez uses her full time job to promote her part time endeavor. None of this has anything to do with engineering. Let’s see projects.
What makes you think there is not engineering in this? You do have to engineer a plan for psas. You have to use reverse engineering to break down videos to understand what catches the eye. You have to use software to put the video together. You have to use cameras and audio equipment to capture footage. The projects are not finished yet. This was a showing of rough cuts, they wanted feedback so the videos can be improved before they are published! And how would you know at all what Martinez uses her full time job to do? Do you personally know her? If you do then you may have the partial right to say that. If you don’t then you have no right to saw that.