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Holy Angels Catholic School featured in documentary

October 6th 2020

The Heartland International Film Festival in Indianapolis has announced Generation Growth, a documentary film focused on health and educational outcomes in low-income areas across America, has been selected for ‘Documentary Features’ and is a nominee for the ‘Indiana Spotlight Award’ for its upcoming film festival from October 8 – 18, 2020.

Generation Growth takes a journey across the country to address the social determinants of health in some of the most vulnerable communities through an interactive gardening curriculum that allows students to grow vegetables in the classroom, helping them eat better, be more engaged with school and give them pathways for jobs. With the support and partnership of Anthem Inc., a health benefits company, Stephen Ritz, founder of Green Bronx Machine, is able to deliver on his mission to expand around the country, in places like Indiana, to bring hope, health and opportunity to those communities and students who need it most. From 3rd grade to high school students, to rural and urban communities, to students with disabilities and youth in foster care, Generation Growth is dedicated to cultivating minds and harvesting hope.

Research indicates that poor nutrition, often a result of food insecurity, is a leading risk factor for many chronic conditions, including heart disease, hypertension, diabetes and other diet-related diseases. And
food insecurity is reported to cost the healthcare system an additional $53 billion a year. In Indianapolis, 1 in 4 children live in poverty, 23% of children lack consistent access to food, 21% of households use food assistance and 90% of food consumed is grown out of state.

“There are more people sick from food than have access to it and that is absolutely unacceptable,” said Stephen Ritz, the main feature in Generation Growth. “Zip code and skin color should not determine outcomes in life – quality education should.”

“Green Bronx Machine’s model combines the use of aeroponic gardens with evidence-based, scientific study and is the only garden, wellness and nutrition program that can be fully integrated into core curriculum,” said Justin Armitage, Holy Angels Catholic School Principal, based in Indianapolis and featured in Generation Growth. “Our scholars and team at Holy Angels have implemented the curriculum in our classrooms and community. The model has transformed how we think about food and nutrition, and more importantly what we choose to eat. Through this programming, we are able to address childhood obesity, scholar motivation, and academic performance. Scholars are empowered to learn and grow every day.”

Generation Growth will have a drive-in socially distanced premiere at the Heartland International Film Festival in Indianapolis on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020 at 7:15 p.m. ET at Tibbs Screen 2. The documentary film is suitable for all audiences. For drive-in showing tickets and placing orders please visit here. Please note, drive-in pricing is per person, not per vehicle. The film will also be available online in the Heartland International Virtual Film Festival for purchase from Oct. 8 – Oct. 25 which can be ordered here.

For more information on Generation Growth and to view the documentary film trailer, please visit http://www.generationgrowthdoc.com.