A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this series aims to help families create healthier surroundings by emphasizing the personal and environmental benefits of "green" changes like buying organic products, recycling, supporting local farmers, and decreasing energy use. References are made to medical ailments (like cancer) being linked to preservatives in food, hormones in dairy cows, pesticides on produce, and air quality problems in the home. Though tuning in with tweens may inspire some positive family lifestyle changes, if your kids tend to be worriers, this series could generate a sense of paranoia about the world's potential toxicity.
What's the story?
In GET FRESH WITH SARA SNOW, the titular natural-living expert explains how rethinking the foods we choose, recycling the products we use, and optimizing our energy efficiency can greatly improve our own well-being -- and that of the Earth. Snow visits with people and companies that are leading the way in the green living/sustainability movement. Guests show that a little ingenuity goes a long way, discussing everything from homes built of recycled materials and fueled almost solely by solar power to old clothing that's turned into brand-new items. One episode follows the lifecycle of a used yogurt cup that's remade into a disposable razor and later becomes the plastic lumber in a park bench. A stickler for freshness and firmly against food additives, Snow promotes organic products -- referring to the link between cancer and preservatives or dairy growth hormones -- and prepares simple meals that can benefit health.
Is it any good?
Snow and the experts she talks to lay out excellent cases for making small lifestyle changes that yield big benefits in overall well-being. They also stress how critical it is to reduce our resource consumption, showing the excessive waste that threatens to exhaust landfills and demonstrating how recycling can make a difference.
Get Fresh is great for families looking to take small steps toward a healthier life and better environment. But if your tweens are worriers, be careful -- some of the details about food and environmental health risks can be frightening.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the media's coverage of environmental and health issues. Do you think it's impartial/objective? What influences the media's messages on these topics? How can the media affect our impression of controversial issues in general? Families can also discuss the potential benefits of a more naturalistic approach to life. What are some of the potential dangers in the food we eat, the cleaning products we use, and the air we breathe? How can they affect health and the environment?
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