Casting Call for Charlotte-Area Families Ready to Make a Change on Video

Three Charlotte-area health facilities will be hosting a video casting call for families who are interested in participating in a new educational documentary program for North Carolina.

The casting calls will take place at the following locations:
• Levine Jewish Community Center of Charlotte (Levine JCC) located at 5007 Providence Road will host casting calls Sunday, March 6, 11am-2pm and Wednesday, March 9, 6:15pm-8:15pm.

• University City YMCA located at 8100 Old Mallard Creek Road will host casting calls on Thursday, March 10, 6pm-8pm and Saturday, March 12, 10am-Noon

• Lifestyle Family Fitness Center located at 9915 E. Independence Blvd. in Matthews will host casting calls Saturday, March 5, 10am-Noon and Monday, March 7, 6pm-8pm.

The Physical Activity and Nutrition Branch for the N.C. Division of Public Health has partnered with Professional Communications with the intention of creating a program that will be fun to watch, but also serve as a practical guide for North Carolina families to improve their health through diet and lifestyle changes. They are searching for a Charlotte family to be featured in the program alongside two other families currently being cast in Fayetteville and Wilmington.

The call is open to families of all ages, sizes and fitness levels. The one mandatory requirement? A desire to get healthier! The program is for anyone who knows they have some unhealthy habits, but have not yet found the right balance of food and activity to keep them feeling their best. The families’ stories will serve as an inspiration to others who want to change, but are unsure of where to start.

“Health Crisis in Carolina; Real Families, Real Struggles, Real Solutions” will be a reality-style documentary video program in which three families from around the state learn to make healthier food choices, rethink their free time, and build some form of physical activity into even their busiest days. TV cameras, and the team’s expert host, will follow each family for one weekend in April, so the time commitment is relatively small. The show promises no fad diets, no embarrassing weigh-ins, and no Spandex-clad aerobics instructors screaming like drill sergeants; instead it will focus on real-world, no-nonsense solutions to help families form maintainable habits and avoid common health pitfalls. The families will be guided by a team of health experts as they learn to best utilize their resources and the environments where they live, learn, earn, play and pray. The show is expected to be completed and ready for distribution in August 2011.

For more information or to make an appointment for the Charlotte-area casting calls, e-mail Information about the program is also available on Facebook.