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McKinney featured in documentary Eating You Alive, screening nationwide on 4/5

McKinney featured in documentary Eating You Alive, screening nationwide on 4/5

Eating You Alive

Amanda McKinney, Director of Prerequisites for Health Professions and Assistant Professor of Health Sciences at Doane, will be featured in the documentary Eating You Alive, an eye-opening film about preventing, arresting, and reversing chronic diseases through diet. The film will be shown in nearly 600 theatres nationwide for a one-night-only special screening event.

A number of notable healthcare experts were interviewed for the film, including Doctors Dean Ornish, Neal Barnard, Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., Michael Greger, and John McDougall. Academy Award winning filmmaker James Cameron, actor Samuel L. Jackson, and magician Penn Jillette (Penn & Teller) are also featured in the film.

The documentary explores the dysfunctional relationship Americans have with food and takes a scientific look at the reasons millions of Americans suffer from chronic diseases. Half of all adults in the U.S. struggle with chronic health conditions including cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and obesity. Through a series of moving testimonies shared by Americans across the country, Eating You Alive makes the case for following a whole food, plant-based diet as a means of preventing and reversing a number of diseases.

“So many Americans have developed habits centered around food,” said Merilee Jacobs, co-producer and writer of the film. “We eat our emotions. I want people to takeaway that individuals hold the power to reverse their own chronic diseases. It’s not as difficult as you may think.”

Production of the film took over three years and $1 million was spent to create the documentary. McKinney was interviewed in the fall of 2015 at her home, just outside of Beatrice, after Dr. Esselstyn recommended the filmmakers contact her.

“This is a call-to-action for both patients and providers to embrace the notion of lifestyle medicine and to recognize the serious problem with our healthcare system,” McKinney said. “I believe we need to address this from the educational side.”

In Nebraska, Eating You Alive can be seen Thursday, April 5 at 7:00pm at the following locations:

  • Bellevue – Twin Creek Cinemas – 3909 Raynor Pkwy
  • Lincoln – Lincoln Grand Cinemas – 1101 P St.
  • Omaha – Majestic Cinema of Omaha – 14304 W Maple Road
    • Village Point Cinemas – 304 N 174th St.
    • Aksarben Cinema – 2110 S 67th Street, Suite 106

For more information and a complete list of screening locations, visit