11.03.2011

Arthur & Stephanie Blank, Dr. Sanjay Gupta host a “Street Food” fight against food deserts, obesity

When they announced their separation in September after 16 years of marriage, Arthur and Stephanie Blank assured the public they would continue working together on their shared philanthropic and community-building commitments. True to their word, the Home Depot co-founder and Atlanta Falcons owner and family were seated in the front row together Wednesday night at the Arthur M. Blank Family Office in Buckhead as they hosted “Street Food: Attacking Obesity & Wiping Out Food Deserts One City Block at a Time.”

Inside the packed ornate room, CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Guptamoderated a 90-minute panel discussion streaming live on the non-profit’s websiteand updates scrolling on Twitter. Introducing the evening’s discussion was New York Giants co-owner Laurie M. Tisch, the president of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund. Tisch recently initiated and underwrote the financing for “The Apple Pushers,” a fascinating new documentary by Mary Mazzio chronicling five immigrant pushcart vendors in NYC as they bring fresh fruits and vegetables to grocery store-less food deserts in the city. Joining Mazzio and Gupta on the panel were Cathy Nonas, NYC’s Department of Health’s physical activity and nutrition director and Dr. Dwayne Proctor, the director of the childhood obesity program at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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