7. Product of His Environment

Joshua Merchant explores the social and economic factors that contribute to the Type 2 Diabetes Epidemic in low income communities of color.


   Over 49 million Americans (food insecurity)…

   Living in a low-income neighborhood increases…chances of getting diabetes by 20%

   Every ten seconds someone dies from diabetes related causes and 2 new cases are diagnosed


Product of His Environment Lesson Plan

Leading Questions:
What are societal and environmental factors that affect our relationship to food, exercise and success? What are the basic needs we need to survive as humans? What are other factors besides the foods themselves that limit our relationships to self?

Create a list of what do you currently have in your fridge. Split the list in half of health and unhealthy foods. Write next to the food where they come from. Your neighborhood? A grocery store? How far is it?

Caution: This video contains images of violence.

What are major factors in your environment that affect your food choices? What is your relationship to your food and what it provides you in relation to what you have to do or where you have to go to get it?

How are you a product of your environment? Good or bad? What are the privileges or disadvantages that your environment provides you and what are the outcomes because of them?

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Wrap Up:
What tools are we equipped to survive within our environment and what are the variables we have to survive against?

The Bigger Picture

The Bigger Picture