CHI – Health Documentary

Access Health has added a new opportunity for CHI members! If you are in your third year of CHI or if you live more than 30 miles away from Access Health offices, you are eligible to watch and report on a health documentary in lieu of taking a health class onsite.

Interested? Listed below are the approved health documentaries, their descriptions and a trailer for many of them. If there is a particular health documentary you would like to view, but is not listed here, please contact your health coach at 231-728-5180 for approval.

These films are not meant to represent Access Health’s opinion about various aspects of health, but rather to stimulate our members’ thought processes regarding the documentaries’ content.

Supersize Me

SuperSize Me is a 2004 American documentary film directed by and starring Morgan Spurlock, an American independent filmmaker. Spurlock’s film follows a 30-day period from February 1 to March 2, 2003 during which he ate only McDonald’s food. The film documents this lifestyle’s drastic effect on Spurlock’s physical and psychological well-being, and explores the fast food industry’s corporate influence, including how it encourages poor nutrition for its own profit.

(runtime: 1 hour, 40 minutes)


Food, Inc. is a 2008 American documentary film directed by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Robert Kenner. The film examines corporate farming in the United States, concluding that agribusiness produces food that is unhealthy, in a way that is environmentally harmful and abusive of both animals and employees. The film is narrated by Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser. Full feature can be found on YouTube.

(runtime: 93 minutes)

Hungry For Change

Diets, are they safe? This documentary sets out to expose the shocking truth behind diets and weight loss, and how the food industry has been up to its dirty old tricks again, not only holding you back from achieving a healthy weight, but to keep you coming back for more. Featuring interviews with leading health experts who tell us that about the dangers of diet sodas, sugar and how we can improve our lives with less chemicals and healthier food. We also meet those who know about being overweight and unhappy, describing their choices and journeys toward improved health.

Weight of the Nation

To win, we have to lose. The four-part HBO Documentary Films series, The Weight of The Nation explores the obesity epidemic in America. Obesity in America has reached a catastrophic level. Almost every aspect of our lives is threatened. The first step toward ending the damage is learning how to fight back. Choose to watch at least one segment of the series: PART 1: Consequences, PART 2: Choices, PART 3: Children in Crisis, PART 4: Challenges. Full features can be found on YouTube or HBO.

Ted Talks – Jamie Oliver, Teach Every Child About Food

Sharing powerful stories from his anti-obesity project in Huntington, West Virginia — and a shocking image of the sugar we eat — TED Prize winner Jamie Oliver makes the case for an all-out assault on our ignorance of food.

(runtime: 22 minutes)

Fat Head

Fat Head is a 2009 American documentary film directed by and starring Tom Naughton. The film seeks to refute both the documentary Super Size Me and the lipid hypothesis, a theory of nutrition started in the early 1950s in the United States by Ancel Keys and promoted in much of the Western world.

(runtime: 1 hour, 44 minutes)

Fed Up

Fed Up is a 2014 American documentary film directed, written and produced by Stephanie Soechtig. The film focuses on the causes of obesity in the US, presenting evidence showing that the large quantities of sugar in processed foods are an overlooked root of the problem, and points to the moneyed lobbying power of “Big Sugar” in blocking attempts to enact effective policies to address the issue. Full feature can be found on YouTube or Netflix.

Seeds of Death

Unveiling the Lies of GMOs: This film exposes the dangers of genetically modified foods and features leading scientists, physicians, professors, attorneys and activists. You’ll see the corruption surrounding GMOs and the deception being perpetrated against the world.

(runtime: 1 hour, 19 minutes)

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Ted Talks – Kelly McGonigal, How to Make Stress Your Friend

Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.

Ted Talks – Dean Ornish, MD, The Killer American Diet that’s Sweeping the Planet

Stop wringing your hands over AIDS, cancer and the avian flu. Cardiovascular disease kills more people than everything else combined — and it’s mostly preventable. Dr. Dean Ornish explains how changing our eating habits will save lives. (3:17 minutes—short, but packed!) View in conjunction with another Ted lecture of your choice. Tell your health coach which you chose and discuss it.