Soul Food Junkies | Atlanta's Soccer Scene | Civil War & Southern Health

Jan 19, 2016

Atlanta’s soccer scene is going through some major changes in the next year. As one professional team prepares to enter its first season, another one is calling it quits. Host Celeste Headlee gets an update on the changes afoot with Atlanta Journal-Constitution sports reporter Doug Roberson and Jorge Alonso of Terminus Legion, a soccer organization based in Atlanta. Then, according to a report last year by the group, The State of Obesity, black adults in Georgia have a 10% higher obesity rate compared to white adults. That gap is slightly lower than the national average. Soul food is a major staple in Southern culture, particularly among African-Americans. Is it to blame for obesity rates and other health disorders? Host Celeste Headlee digs into that question with filmmaker Byron Hurt, who is behind the documentary “Soul Food Junkies.” She also talks with Athens-based dietitian Connie Crawley and Sade Anderson of the nutrition nonprofit group, Oldways. And, the Civil War may have reunited the country, but it devastated the American South financially. Entire cities were wiped out, and poverty plagued the region for decades. Now, new research suggests the war had another outcome: heart disease. Host Celeste Headlee speaks with Ohio State University economist Richard Steckel, who authored the study, and George Howard, the Chair of Biostatics at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, about why the South has some of the highest rates of death for heart disease. Configure