Happy Food Day everyone!
Today, October 24, 2012 marks National Food Day. Food Day is “a nationwide celebration and movement toward healthy, affordable and sustainable food. Food Day was created by the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest (CPSI) …” The overall objectives for Food Day is to:
- Promote healthy and safe foods
- Support sustainable and organic farms
- Reduce hunger
- Reform factory farms to protect the environment and animals
- Support fair working conditions for food and farm workers
Consider the following Food Day facts and points:
- More than 2/3 of American adults and one in three children are overweight or obese
- Only 1.6% of all fruits and vegetables sold in the U.S. are locally grown
- 50 million Americans are “food insecure” or near hunger
- Only nine states have laws mandating that some farm animals be given enough room to stand up, sit down, turn around, and extend their limbs
- The average annual income for crop workers is between $10,000 to $12,499 for individuals and $15,000 to $17,499 for families
You, too, can get involved in recognizing Food Day 2012 with your family. Here are some simple ideas you can do – today – to educate your children about the importance of healthy, local, affordable foods.
- Get in the kitchen and cook with your kids. It is such an easy way to talk about healthy foods and also encourages your children to try new things. Here’s a picture of my little guy (top, right) making pumpkin muffins. He is only 3 1/2 and he nearly made the entire recipe by himself. You would be surprised how much a 3-year-old can accomplish in the kitchen.
- Stop by a local farm or farmers stand and purchase some locally grown fruits and vegetables. Better yet, visit a Pick Your Own (PYO) farm and have a hands-on lesson with your kids on how food grows and where food comes from. Here is my oldest son (bottom, right) at Heritage Station in Mullica Hill, NJ picking apples straight from the orchard. Notice the apples in both hands – he ate them both! Here’s an awesome site to locate local PYO farms (http://www.pickyourown.org/)
- Purge your pantry – Go through your pantry and pull together a box of food to donate to a local food pantry. Make sure to get your kids involved. Also, don’t just focus on the foods you don’t like; pull some of your favorite foods too. While you are gathering your items be thankful that you are blessed enough to have the means to donate.
- Kick the soda habit, even if it is just for today – I admit it, I love diet soda but I know it is not healthy for me. I used to have a killer diet soda habit but have made the switch to almost exclusively water or cold, brewed green tea. If you are a diet soda junkie skip the soda today in honor of Food Day.
If you are still interested in learning a little bit more about#FoodDay2012 check out this handy newspaper developed for Food Day 2012. Click the link below to read the Food_Day_Newspaper
As suggested by Mary Makes Dinner, let’s all get together and “EAT OUT LOUD!”
Happy Food Day, folks! xoxo
- Why Food Day 2012 Matters (food4thoughtnyc.wordpress.com)
- Happy Food Day! (healthyheels.wordpress.com)