Eat for Health
Using the five fingers of each hand as a check off device, the film identifies a food group with each finger. Using this system, Ralph learns to eat a balanced diet and has more fun because of his better health.
Ken Smith sez: This film teaches youngsters that "eating with others is fun," though only if they follow a sensible diet. "Ralph" has such bad dietary habits that he has no pep, but once he learns that he should eat an egg a day and that "meat is good for you," everything is fine. Unfortunately, there's not enough faulty information in this film to make it worthwhile. The pandering narrator can also be heard in Appreciating Our Parents.
FOOD GROUPS EATING DIETS BREAD BUTTER MILK CHEESE MEAT EGGS VEGETABLES FRUITS HANDS NUTRITION CHILDREN BOYS HEALTH EDUCATION
Danger Lurks Safety
Subject: Must stay away from Meat
The Doctors want to find out if these nodules are cancerous so I can not have anything with salt because you can't tell if they use salt with iodine in it, so they are starving my body of iodine, then they will inject me with nuclear iodine which will go directly to these nodules, when I get the PET scan scheduled, these nodules will light up if they are cancerous.
The bottom line is that I am starving, because everything or almost everything has salt in it.
I went to one big box store and saw that their Chicken is injected with chicken broth and salt, they claim it will make the chicken breasts more juicy, more plump, but it's known why they do that, it's to increase the weight, with water and salt, so they can make more profit.
I am in this diet for 4 days, and I can't wait until this is over in another week.
Subject: Meat is GOOD for you!
Subject: Be Careful What You Push On A Kid
But there is a sinister edge to this film....and many others like it:
I got razzed at the neighbors cottage after a fishing trip because I didnt like fish. It had this odd metallic taste that I really hated. Just wouldnt eat it ...no thanks! (Even though in our Catholic household before Vatican II thats what was on the dinner table on Fridays).
So, just to be an agreeable kid I took a couple bites of perch - no...bluegill, and pretended I really liked it. I reviewed that scenario in my head as the ambulance was rushing me to the ER and they were intubating me as I gasped for every breath through lips as big as Flip Wilson's and a tongue so swollen I felt like a Holstein.
Heck...they didnt know. I didnt know. And I really never knew until 15 years later when somebody at the college cafeteria put out "Chicken Salad Sandwiches" that were actually mislabeled tuna salad sandwiches....another damned trip to the ER. That time I arrived fully cyanotic and was lucky I survived.
Fish shellfish shrimp and other water/muck dwellers can be severely allergenic and few people realize that there are more people allergic to sea food than there are allergic to peanuts. But it all depends on which industry pays the most homage to the media. So never, ever push food on a kid. If he dont like it ....there may be a good reason for it!
Incidently, the little girl guzzling milk like it was going out of style continued to do so while the dairy industry learned that gobs and gobs of estrogens, estrogen analogues, growth hormone, and all kinds of designer hormones some with prolactin like qualities - you name it...were labled , outlawed, relabled as something else...but nonetheless continued to be fed to the dairy cows...more and more.....wo you could get more and more milk from each cow, every day! And so, the poor milk guzzlin' girl got a nasty breast cancer and died at 42. Her older brother who also bought into the milk thing had a radical prostatectomy at 62 and is now impotent and basically playing a waiting game (nowadays termed "battling cancer" [how cutesy]) the prospect that that prostate cancer will rear its ugly head somewhere...probably in his skeleton. But so what ..Mom did what she was supposed to do...push gallons of milk on the kids and let em grow up thinking they just HAD to have that quart a day...while the ADA kept its lobbyists in Washington...all to make sure that dairying is a lucrative business thanks to the wonders of biochemistry!
BTW Getting kids to eat asparagus is useless. To a kid, anything that tastes like boogers is not going to go over. I dont care how much you "sugar coat" it.
Great film that totally reminds me of the good old days. The little boy that wont eat anything except candy bars looks strangely just like I did in those days.
Subject: Nice Contribution
Subject: Gotta have that...
Wait, you *want* these films to be faulty? Sorry, Ken, but I disagree.
Now, somebody will probably criticise me for criticizing Ken, but I don't care.
The film itself is mediocre, so better or worse than the average film of this type made during pretty much any decade after the invention of sound-on-film. The acting, though, is more awful than usual, sometimes to the point of hilarity.
That said, the film does have some good footage of home decor, fashion, etc, which ends up making this a 5-star video. But then, I'm far too easy to please. I gave "Errand of Mercy" 5/5, need I say more?
Subject: this reminds me
Subject: I Remember seeing Educational Film this in School!
Subject: Sounds like what I eat!
Added Info: A tomato is a fruit.
Subject: Nicely done
Subject: The Flying Five Fickle Fingers of Food
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ****. Weirdness: ****. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ****.
Subject: Poor Ralph!