Good Meat

United States
August 10, 2015
Good Meat follows an Oglala Lakota man's struggles and triumphs as he attempts to reclaim his health.
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Once a star athlete in his community, Beau LeBeau (Oglala Lakota) now weighs 333 pounds--an unhealthy weight which has triggered the onset of Type II Diabetes. His mother's untimely death from complications due to cancer and diabetes motivates him to drop the excessive pounds. Enlisting the help of physician Dr. Kevin Weiland and nutritionist Kibbe Conti (Oglala Lakota), Beau starts exercising and takes up a traditional Lakota diet of buffalo meat and other Native foods.

Once a star athlete, Beau LeBeau's (Oglala Lakota)  unhealthy weight which has triggered the onset of Type II Diabetes. His mother's untimely death motivates him to drop the excessive pounds. Enlisting the help of a physician and a nutritionist, he starts exercising and begins a traditional Lakota diet of buffalo meat and other Native foods.

Sam Hurst has worked extensively in the television industry and as a documentary filmmaker. He worked in television for about 30 years and was a producer for some time with NBC news in Los Angeles.

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Recently, I was asked to help plan the cultural event for the National Congress of American Indians’ (NCAI) Annual Mid-Year Conference and Marketplace, June 17-20 in Lincoln, Neb.—Vision Maker Media’s hometown. It’s been a very exciting experience and I look forward to meeting all of the conference attendees. More importantly though, it is a chance for the community to engage with Tribal leaders and representatives from across the U.S.

Good Meat, a new film co-produced by Sam Hurst, captures a glimpse of the obesity epidemic faced by Native Americans today.

“Forty percent of the Oglala Lakota people are already struggling with obesity, diabetes and heart disease,” says Hurst. “This is not a marginal issue for them.”

Part of this statistic--and the star of Good Meat--is Beau LeBeau (Oglala Lakota). LeBeau is obese; members of his family are obese; his diabetic mother recently passed away from diabetes.

 
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