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Gumbo Gang on Boogie Bayou, addressing the child obesity and diabetes epidemic

March 9, 2014

John Haynes, the Creator and Executive Producer behind Gumbo Gang on Boogie Bayou, a transmedia platform for children and their families created to address the obesity and diabetes epidemic by educating them about the positive outcomes of diet and exercise on one’s health joins eHealth Radio and the Health, Nutrition and Weight Management Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest John Haynes discuss the following:

  • Tell us more about the Gumbo Gang and your role there.
  • How did you become so involved and passionate in this battle against childhood obesity and diabetes?
  • Several studies have found a correlation between the time spent viewing television and increased prevalence of obesity in children. Can visual media, particularly television, do more to promote healthy behavior to its viewers?
  • Can you tell us more about the resources on your website that are available to families? 
  • Tell us about the very family-friendly Gumbo Gang cookbook -- “What’s Cooking in Grandma’s Kitchen”?

Duration: 10:02

John Haynes (and wife Joanna) are the creators of The Gumbo Gang, a transmedia experience aimed at fighting childhood obesity. Award winning producers, Joanna and John Darling Haynes are producing several documentary, television and motion picture projects.

The team founded Wish Picture Shows and Planet Pigskin Worldwide while also partnering in a fine art career showing John's work in galleries around the country. The Haynes' have infused John's whimsical painting style and use of bold color into The Gumbo Gang project to inspire the creative style, look and feel of the project.

John and Joanna reside in St. Gabriel, Louisiana with their two boys Blue and Jackson, pet chickens and three canine daughters Allie, Sugar and Beignet.

Allie was the inspiration behind The Gumbo Gang's hero dog Tee-Gumbo and the Matriarch dog in the Haynes' golden retriever kennel Sugar Farms.

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Twitter: @dothegumbo

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