Posts Tagged ‘Food Day’

Celebrating Food Day Oct. 24th, 2014

Friday, October 24th, 2014

It’s Food Day! Visit a farmer’s market today or a community garden or go gleaning in a field for a local food pantry. Today it’s all about food – what we eat, how we grow it, prepare it, preserve it and eat it and how that relates to our overall health  – ours and our children’s.

 Food Day Focus on Children’s Diets

One of the important focuses of Food Day is children’s diets. Many of us volunteer at school gardens and know how important it is to teach children how to make healthy choices and for them to know where their food actually comes from – not from the store but from the dirt! On average, kids get over a quarter of their calories from snacks daily.  That wouldn’t be so bad if the snacks were more healthful, but cookies, cakes, chips, candy, and sugary drinks top the list of popular choices. You can check out an informative infographic to learn more about children’s diets in the US and to how it’s related to illnesses in their lives today.

The American Diet: Prescription for Ill Health

What adults are consuming is important too because they do the shopping and plan the meals for their families and set the stage for a life time of food habits. CSPI, the sponsor of Food Day, prepared a brief analysis of the average American adult diet and its relationship to their health. If you’re volunteering in a community garden teaching people to grow, harvest, cook and preserve food, you’re helping them attain a healthier happier life style. Master Gardeners are changing the world they live in by creating healthier futures for everyone.

Onion Flowering (photo submitted by Connie Schultz)

Onion Flowering (photo submitted by Connie Schultz)

 

To celebrate Food Day today, I thought it might be fun to take a quick food quiz. Just click on the link below and see how you do!

 

14 Questions that Could
Save Your Life and the Planet

 

Submitted by Connie Schultz, Master Gardener/Composter (’95 Cornell Extension) now volunteering in Johnston County, NC

Food Day Oct. 24th, Preparation Day!

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Getting ready for Food Day? Take the Food Literacy quiz to get ready!

Food Literacy •  noun •  füd ˈli-t(ə-)rə-sē
Understanding the story of one’s food, from farm to table and back to the soil; the knowledge and ability to make informed choices that support one’s health, community, and the environment.

8,000 Events Being Held Across the Country

Food Day was created to inspire people to change their diets for the better. This year over 8,000 events are being held across the country to support issues like health, nutrition, and sustainability:

  • National Geographic will host a Food Day Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 25.
  • In Massachusetts, Governor Deval Patrick is inviting consumers, farmers and ranchers, fishermen, social justice advocates, and other stakeholders to the State House on Food Day to learn more about a new Massachusetts Food Systems Plan. “Our communities are healthier when families have access to fresh fruits, vegetables, and other healthy, whole foods,” said Governor Patrick.
  • New York City is getting ready for its third annual Big Apple Crunch.  They’re hoping to break last year’s record of 1 million people taking part.  All the kids in NYC schools will get an apple on Food Day!

These are only a few of the thousands of events going on tomorrow. Hopefully, as an Extension Master Gardener, you’ll play an important part by helping someone learn to grow, harvest, prepare or preserve vegetables this week!

Arcimboldovertemnus by Giuseppe Arcimboldo,

Arcimboldovertemnus by Giuseppe Arcimboldo,
c. 1590-1591 (from Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository)

 

Submitted by Connie Schultz, Master Gardener/Composter (’95 Cornell Extension) now volunteering in Johnston County, NC

 

Almost Wordless Wednesday: Food Day October 24th!

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

This Friday, October 24, we’re celebrating Food Day. Started by the Center for Science in the Public Interest in 2011, Food Day aims to inspire people to change their diets for the better and address issues like health, nutrition, and sustainability. As Extension Master Gardeners, if you volunteer in a community garden, a school garden or at a farmer’s market, you’re helping to promote access to healthy food and learning how to grow it yourself! Master Gardeners are an awesome force for good in helping people become more physically active, learn more about vegetables and how to preserve or prepare them, for helping to grow and donate food for the hungry and, in so many ways, providing access to wholesome food for everyone. Master Gardeners are helping to celebrate Food Day every day everywhere around the country!

Food Day October 24th, 2014 (logo courtesy CSPI)

Food Day October 24th, 2014 (logo courtesy CSPI)

Submitted by Connie Schultz, Master Gardener/Composter (’95 Cornell Extension) now volunteering in Johnston County, NC

 

It’s FOOD DAY October 24th

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

 

Food Day is a nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food. It builds all year long and culminates on October 24. This year the focus is on children’s diets. Hence this infographic…..

food day 2013 infographic

Food Day 2013 infographic The American Diet (courtesy Food Day)

 

 

Almost Wordless Wednesday: Salad Days for Kids at School Gardens with North Carolina Food Corps

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

 

In honor of Food Day on Oct. 24th this week, Wordless Wednesday is about how NC Food Corps helps build better nutrition through school gardens. Master Gardeners are a vital part of this effort!

Salad Days for NC Food Corps (photo courtesy NC Food Corps) Gaston County

Salad Days for NC Food Corps in Gaston County, North Carolina (photo courtesy NC Food Corps)