To your health! ¡A tu Salud!

As a health coach in training, I often find myself giving advice on changes that people can make to improve their health.  I realize change is sometimes a hard thing to embrace, so I adapt to people’s situation and mindset. One thing holds true for everyone, including men, women, and children: they all spend too many hours a day in front of a TV or computer. So I have chosen to use the TV and the computer as my teaching aides, squeezing in some great health, nutrition and wellness lessons in the form of highly informational, extremely entertaining and undeniably insightful documentaries. With that in mind, I am sure that at least one of the following documentaries will resonate with each person in one way and will cause them to think critically about their health and habits and therefore will want to move towards making changes.

 Here are my top five favorite documentaries from the world of health and wellness. You can visit each of their websites to find out about screenings in your area or to download the film right onto your computer.

 Happy movie watching!

  1. Hungry For Change

This film exposes shocking secrets that the diet, weight-loss and food industries don’t want you to know about. Find out what’s keeping you from having the body and health you deserve and how to escape the diet trap forever. Featuring interviews with best-selling health authors and leading medical experts, plus real-life transformational stories from those who know what it’s like to be sick and overweight. This film looks at the subject of obesity in the United States, specifically zeroing in on the business and culture surrounding the nation’s fast-food industry.

  1. Food Matters

“Let thy Food be thy Medicine and thy Medicine be thy Food” – Hippocrates. That is the message from the founding father of modern medicine echoed in the controversial new documentary film Food Matters from Producer-Directors James Colquhoun and Laurentine ten Bosch. Food Matters sets about uncovering the trillion dollar worldwide ‘sickness industry’ and gives people some scientifically verifiable solutions for overcoming illness naturally.

  1. Happy

HAPPY combines cutting-edge science from the new field of “positive psychology” with real-life    stories of people from around the world whose lives illustrate these findings. We see the story of a beautiful woman named Melissa Moody, a mother of three who had a “perfect life” until the day she was run over by a truck. Disabled for nine years and disfigured for life, she is happier now than before her accident. Manoj Singh, a rickshaw puller from the slums of Kolkata, India, who lives in a hut made of plastic bags with his family, is found to be as happy as the average American. Through these and other stories, HAPPY leads us toward a deeper understanding of how we can all live more fulfilling, healthy and happy lives.

  1.  Food Inc.

In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies. Our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, herbicide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won’t go bad, but we also have new strains of E. coli—the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults.

  1. Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

Some 100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross is at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. In the mirror he saw a 310-pound man whose gut was bigger than a beach ball and a path laid out before him that wouldn’t end well. Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead is an inspiring film that chronicles Joe’s personal mission to regain his health.

Bio: Susana Loro is committed to finding ways to live a happy and healthy life every day and inspiring others to do the same. Loro has worked for various local nonprofits and government organizations; currently, she is working part time for a bi-national recycling operations company while training to become a certified holistic health coach. She is active in City Heights as a member of the board of management at the Copley Family YMCA. She also is planning to begin her graduate studies at SDSU next fall.