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Link between ‘soul food’ and disease probed in film, discussion

The African-American family tradition of “soul food” dinners – including fried foods, macaroni and cheese and candied yams – and its link to chronic disease will be explored at a forum at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Complete Wellness Arts and Science Center, 1515 Kensington Ave.

The program will begin with a screening of “Soul Food Junkies,” a documentary exploring the positive and negative consequences of a soul food diet. The film was produced by Byron Hurt, a black Southerner whose father died from pancreatic cancer, a disease that disproportionately affects African-Americans and that has been linked to diet.

The screening will be followed by a dialogue with certified diabetic educator Lynda Erick and registered dietician Julie Baudo, and a reception featuring “heart-friendly” foods. The Black History Month event is sponsored by the Buffalo alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.