South L.A. is a "food desert," with few supermarkets and a lot of land in between them. Restaurant signs dot the landscape, but you can drive for miles without seeing a healthy place to eat. Junk food ads targeted at youth and people of color surround you. Most residents buy food and beverages from local corner stores, which are well stocked with junk food. Rates of obesity and diabetes are alarmingly high. Where Do I Get My Five? portrays five distinct stories about the challenges of healthy food access in South L.A. Student-written, shot and acted, these videos are more than simple documentaries, they are part of an integrated project that led to direct community change: the makeover of a local corner store to carry more fresh produce, an on-going partnership with the local City Council, and highly visible student leaders.
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