Mangano And Eisenstein Recognize April As Minority Health Month And Invite Residents To A Special Screening Of Soul Food Junkies

In recognition of April as National Minority Health month, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Health Commissioner Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein invite residents to a VIP screening of Soul Food Junkies, a new film by acclaimed New York documentary filmmaker, Byron Hurt.

Byron Hurt was inspired to make this film by his own family’s complex relationship with soul food. He was most inspired by his father, who despite facing a life-threatening health crisis, was unwilling to give up his high-fat, high calorie traditional soul food diet. Hurt’s hope for this film is to make it easier for families and communities to talk openly and honestly about the impact that food has on their lives and their health.

In addition to viewing the film, attendees will have the opportunity to take part in an interactive panel discussion on preparing and enjoying healthy, soul food. Two VIP screenings, hosted by Nassau County Department of Health Minority Health Affairs, Nassau University Medical Center, Hofstra University, 100 Black Men of Long Island and Yes We Can Community Center will take place on:

Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

African American Museum

110 North Franklin Street

Hempstead, NY 11550


Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Yes We Can Community Center

141 Garden Street

Westbury, NY 11590

For additional information on these two events, residents may call the Nassau County Department of Health Minority Health Affairs office at 516.227.9675.