Campus and Duluth Community Invited to Celebrate Throughout October
Would you like to improve your health? Do you read food labels to make better decisions? Are you ecstatic that UMD provides a salad bar at Center Court?
If you answered yes to any of the questions above, check out the campus-wide activities taking place throughout October; especially national "Food Day" on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 when schools, colleges, businesses, and cities throughout the United States are finding unique ways to recognize good health. Although organizations will enjoy the day in different ways, there are six main goals that each place will strive to teach:
1) Reduce diet related diseases by promoting healthy food
At UMD, Food Day will be expressed throughout October with a number of workshops, field trips, seminars, and even a food drive collecting for the local CHUM organization.
"Staff, faculty, and students have put together activities and workshops that promote a healthy lifestyle," said Rachel Gilbertson, UMD wellness coach. "There will be educational opportunities, as well as informal gatherings like the UMD farmers market. Good health isn't just about what you eat; it's also about the balance between work and relationships. The farmers market is a perfect example of supporting local growers while spending time with your peers."
Food Events Scheduled at UMD:
UMD Seedling Trial Orchard-Apple Expo-September 29
Fresh Foods Workshop-October 1
Apple Cidering: The Old Fashioned Way-October 8, 5pm-7:30pm, Bagley Nature Area Rock Pond Kiosk It's fall and apples are ripe for the picking! Come learn about apples and their history. We will then make homemade apple cider using a hand-crank cider press. Please register by Noon, October 5, and bring a mug for cider to the event. The cost is $3 for UMD students/$7 for all others.
St. Louis County Health & Human Service Conference-October 8, 9
Root Vegetable Cooking Demonstration-October 9
Food Panel Discussion-October 9
Julie Bellehumeur-October 20
Food Day Fair-October 22
Employee Health and Wellness Center Open House-October 22
Sustainability Tour-October 22, 2:15-3:15, UMD Bus Hub
Garden Room Viewing of FRESH Part 1 & 2-October 23, 24
Sara's Table: Farm to Table Dinner-October 24, 5-6:30pm
Dr. Kuross-October 24, 7pm-8pm, Kirby Ballroom
Jack O’Lantern Spooktacular-October 25-28
About National Food Day
Food Day is a nationwide movement toward healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. Events address issues as varied as health and nutrition, hunger, agricultural policy, animal welfare, and farm worker justice. Food Day seeks to inspire community action in every city and state in the country, with individuals and organizations coming together on October 24 to learn, debate, and mobilize to improve the food system and the American diet.
In 2011, 2,300 events took place in all 50 states. Organizations and individuals use Food Day to celebrate what the food system does right, advocate for change, and also to highlight the work they are already doing. Events vary widely in scope. They can be as small as a vegetable identification contest in a kindergarten classroom, or as large as a massive food festival in a state park. College students are using Food Day to host debates or push for healthier foods on campus. Governors and Mayors are using Food Day to issue proclamations or call attention to food-related problems. A Food Day event could be as simple as a healthy meal with local ingredients for family and friends.
Food Day was created by the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest, which works for improved nutrition and food safety policies. It is powered by hundreds of local and national organizations that advocate for sustainable agriculture, farmworker justice, animal welfare, better diets, and other pressing issues. Food Day’s national partners include the American Public Health Association, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, Farmers Market Coalition, and many others. Notable food activists serve on the Food Day Advisory Board, such as food author Michael Pollan; restaurateur, author and food activist Alice Waters; nutrition authorities Walter Willett, Kelly Brownell and Marion Nestle; filmmaker Morgan Spurlock; and cookbook author and Food Network host Ellie Krieger.
Written by Christiana Kapsner, September 2012