After an amazing casting in Jamaica for our new diabetes reality TV show, we walked away with a new love for the amazing people on the island. We also observed the extreme need for diabetes education. With almost 1 out of 3 people dealing with diabetes and its complications, the time to act is now. We were moved to tears as the auditions brought in story after story of people that needed desperate help not only with their diabetes but many other life and economic issues as well.
One way we want to give back is by creating awareness for the people and the condition. We would like to raise the funds to give away 500 to 1000 of my childrens books in the school system, which means each child in 4 to 6 schools across the island would receive a book. This will be filmed and aired on local television as well as radio and print media. We aim to bring awareness to the fact that real education needs to happen on a country wide level. Starting young is also key, showing the children how to eat, how to choose healthy foods, and what foods to stay away from.
We will also have a local chef with us that will do cooking demos right in front of the children. Not only will they watch the preparation, they will also be encouraged to ask questions and take part in the creation of the meal. We will have someone with extensive knowledge of diabetes with us who will be able to share much information about diabetes and health. Each child should walk away knowing about health, food, and diabetes. This information and education will be taken back to their homes, whether they are from a low income or high income family. This program can also encourage better eating habits throughout the family.
This is truly about giving back and helping those that need the help. We aim to stimulate the conversation and work with the Jamaicaina health system to find ways to educate everyone on the island about diabetes. This will be our first step towards not only education but arming the people with life-saving tools to deal with their diabetes.
Our goal is to be on the ground in the next 30 days with our team and crew. Books will be shipped and delivered while our local camera crew films the entire event.
This project is created by celebrity chef Charles Mattocks. Charles is a worldwide diabetes advocate who has been seen on programs such as Dr. Oz, The Today Show, CNN, and he is also a best selling author. Charles is a spokesperson with the ADA and Blue Circle Champion of the International Diabetes Federation. He is currently directing a major documentary on diabetes as well as the first ever diabetes reality TV show called Reversed. Below are some pics of the casting that took place April 29th at CVM studios in Kingston Jamaica, as well as our diabetes PSA.
For more info vist: http://charlesmattocks.com
book info https://diabetesandhealthyeating.com/About_The_Book.php https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3SwsDOBkyY