Combating the overwhelming obesity epidemic is no easy task. And for one educator in Carmel, California, the step toward healthy eating has begun with one simple poster.
Judy Wilken became so concerned last year about childhood obesity that she felt compelled to create a poster, “Do You Hear The Call,” to encourage kids to enjoy fruits and vegetables. The poster, which looks as though it was drawn by a youngster, shows houses with different kinds of produce growing around them.
She has made it available through her website, www.starchildscience.org, and the poster is currently being featured in several local restaurants and culinary shops in the area, as well as schools.
“It is so very important,” said Wilken, a nutritionist and former science teacher. “I wanted something to bring us all together on the same page. The poster is child-like, because it speaks to the child.”
Wilken said her husband, physician Timothy Wilken, sees many obese patients every month, as well as children with weight problems.
“The poster gives him a way to talk to a young obese child about healthy eating,” she said.
Based on her own childhood memory of seeing different backyard gardens while riding on her grandfather’s shoulders, Wilken said the poster represents a “healthy living neighborhood.”
The poster can be seen at several restaurants in the Carmel area, as well as schools and the local children’s museum. The poster will also be featured in at the upcoming Monterey GreenFest, and in Urban Farm magazine in its January/February issue.
Wilken also is creating animations on her website to foster healthy eating habits and to encourage kids to try fruits and vegetables.
The poster can be ordered from Wilken for $19.95; bulk orders at a lower price are also available.
Interview with Judy Wilken, September 2010