By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS
A video featuring former music industry executive Shanti Das will be shown at the Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival on Wednesday. The festival highlights notable feature, documentary and short films produced by and starring African-Americans worldwide.
Take Me Home is a series of 12-minute mini-documentaries featuring influencers who visit their native neighborhoods to explore factors that lead to heart disease and stroke. African-Americans are two to three times more likely to die from heart disease than white people, according to the American Heart Association.
Das, an Atlanta-based ambassador with the AHA’s EmPOWERED To Serve campaign, wants to engage ambassadors in helping to remove the barriers to healthy eating and exercise to help people to live longer.
“After learning about the social determinants of health, I decided to learn more about how that may have impacted the community where I grew up. In the process, I learned that I basically grew up in a food desert, which is a community without easy access to healthy food options. This is driving a lot of health issues in my community such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and stroke,” said Das, chief executive and founder of Press Reset Entertainment. “In fact, I found that 2 million Georgians, including 500,000 children, live in food deserts. There are more than 35 food deserts just in the perimeter of metro Atanta.”
The festival at Martha’s Vineyard Performing Arts Center in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, runs through Saturday.