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Weston Mom Turns Anger Into a Movement

Amy Kalafa thought that when she sent her daughter to school with a healthy lunch that a healthy lunch was what she ate.

"The school is undermining the lessons we're teaching kids and encouraging kids to eat junk food," said Kalafa. While doing research for her film, 'Two Angry Moms,' she found her daughter was buying PopTarts, chips or fries almost every day in school.

Sitting outside the Weston Library on Tuesday, Kalafa said 25 years ago she "would have been dying" from her allergies had she not changed her diet.

"There's information that people need to know," she said. That's why Kalafa decided to create her documentary. "By taking away food additives, I have a higher tolerance to other things in the environment."

Eating healthy food can help with medical illnesses as well as emotional and psychological problems, said Kalafa. "From my perspective, if they only ate better, it wouldn't solve all of their problems, but it would go a long way to help," she said. "Doctors are so quick to medicate. There are so many conditions that can be reversed by healthy eating – that should be the first step."

The documentary "Two Angry Moms" follows Kalafa's journey with Dr. Susan Rubin to learn what kids are eating in schools and offers strategies to change what is offered. Kalafa features districts that are trying to bring in fresh fruits and vegetables and encourage kids to eat fewer processed foods.

Kalafa and her family eat food grown in their garden in Weston. Locally grown vegetables can be purchased for a higher price than at the grocery store but will save money on health care down the road, said Kalafa.

"Americans spend 17 percent of their gross domestic product on health care and 9 [percent] to 10 percent on food. Europeans spend 9 [percent] to 10 percent on health care and 17 percent on food. We're spending the same amount, and they're much healthier," said Kalafa.

Advertisers are "intentionally confusing" their audience, she said. "We don't have the money like advertisers do. 'Angry Moms' has become a network – a way to find each other and learn."

Visit the "Two Angry Moms" website to find a showing or to buy the video of the movie.

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