First Ever Food Day

posted Oct 25, 2011, 8:05 PM by Jeanna Tachiki   [ updated Nov 3, 2011, 6:54 AM ]

October 24th, 2011 marked the first celebration of “Food Day” in America. Food Day is a grassroots movement designed to achieve 6 goals which include:


1.       Reducing diet-related disease by promoting safe, healthy foods

2.       Supporting sustainable farms & limit subsidies to big agribusiness

3.       Expanding access to food and alleviate hunger

4.       Protecting the environment & animals by reforming factory farms

5.       Promoting health by curbing junk-food marketing to kids

6.       Supporting fair conditions for food and farm workers


On Wednesday, October 26th, Loyola’s School Based Health Center Registered Dietitians and Interns facilitated assemblies at Proviso East High School during students P.E. periods to promote awareness of Food Day principals. Short films were shown with well-known celebrities such as Cameron Diaz and Jamie Oliver, along with discussions pertaining to the issues of diet-related disease, junk-food marketing to kids, and the importance of urban farming. 


You can view the short movie clips by following the links provided below:


  1. Opener by Cameron Diaz. This 8 minute clip explores the way that food/people are interconnected. The entire clip is not available to view on u-tube, but a quick preview can be found by following the link:


2. Supermarket Secrets. 1:30 minutes. This clip is presented by Michael Pollen and discusses the way we are influenced in buying foods. The concept of shopping the perimeter is discusses as well as hidden marketing strategies of unhealthy foods. Entire clip can be viewed at:


  1. Urban Farms. 1:52 minutes. This clip is presented by chef Bryant Terry. He talks about the importance of community and roof top gardens and how this makes healthy foods available in the city. Entire clip can be viewed at:


  1. Wake Up! 1:59 minutes. This clip is presented by Natalie Burke. She discusses how eating unhealthy foods can lead to diabetes, high BP, and increased cholesterol in a way that will be easily understood by the students. Link:


  1.  Try Something New. 2 minutes. Jamie Oliver discussions the fun of trying new vegetables. He shows some different types of veges, such as purple potatoes (and suggests making purple mashed potatoes!)  Fun video. Link:


For additional information on Food Day, you can go to
By Rosalyn Masi, Loyola University Dietetic Intern