Food Day | October 24th

Food Day is October 24th.Food Day Logo

That was yesterday.

Dang it.

In my defense it was the first ever Food Day.

Food Day seeks to bring together Americans from all walks of life ”parents, teachers, and students; health professionals, community organizers, and local officials; chefs, school lunch providers, and eaters of all stripes ”to push for healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way.

Food Day has it’s own staff and advisory board. Who knew?

Their slogan is:

Why Eat Real?

What do they mean by real? Well the mission or the idea is that they want fewer people at drive-thrus and more people celebrating fruits and vegetables – and to support our local farms and farmers that produce.

Sounds good to me!

Real food tastes great. Meals built around vegetables, fruits, and whole grains are delicious and satisfying. But far too many Americans are eating diets composed of salty, overly processed packaged foods clad in cardboard and plastic; high-calorie sugary drinks that pack on pounds and rot teeth, but have no nutritional benefit; and fast-food meals made of white bread, fatty grain-fed factory-farmed meat, French fries, and more soda still. What we eat should be bolstering our health, but it’s actually contributing to several hundred thousand premature deaths from heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and cancer each year.

Their mission is backed and supported by six principles. Let’s check them out:

6 food day principles

So while Food Day was yesterday, we can focus on these principles and eating healthy everyday. Next year on Food Day, October 24, 2012, I hope we are discussing what a difference a year makes – and there are less people in the drive-thru at McDonald’s getting a super-sized #2.

I look forward to the word spreading about this and more events being planned next year in honor of Food Day. I encourage healthy eating in my home, with my children, it would be much easier if the world outside supported that too.

Happy Food Day 2011!

even if it was yesterday.

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