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
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:
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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snP40-unO0A
For additional information on Food Day, you can go to www.foodday.org.
By Rosalyn Masi, Loyola University Dietetic Intern