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National Food Day 2012

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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
2) Support Sustainable farms and limit subsidies to big agribusiness
3) Expand Access to food and end hunger
4) Protect the environment and farm animals by reforming factory farms
5) Promote health by curbing junk-food marketing
6) Support fair conditions for food and farm workers

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
The kick off to the Food Day events!  Come take part in the Fall Orchard Tasting and spend the afternoon picking and tasting all of the apple varieties from the Heritage Orchard.  This will be held at the UMD Farm Research and Field Studies Center from 1:00-4:00pm, free to the public.  An RSVP would be appreciated:   

Fresh Foods Workshop-October 1
Fun Recipes for Eating Sustainable and Healthy Foods.  On the menu today is Hummus and pesto.  Learn how to be creative in snacking in your dorm or apartment!  The workshop will use colorful fruits and veggies from our “FRESH Foods” garden on the UMD campus.  All recipes are designed for dorm room cooking.  Garden Room, 10-11:30am.  Please RSVP by emailing

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
105 workshops.  19 institutes.  Speakers.  130 exhibits.  Registration fee is $50.  Students and seniors are $40, whether you attend one or both days.

Root Vegetable Cooking Demonstration-October 9
Learn how to incorporate common and not-so-common root vegetables into your diet!  Soup, dessert and recipes will be shared.  12:00-12:45pm, SpHC 119.

Food Panel Discussion-October 9
This panel will share how they successfully have made dietary changes for general health, weight loss, sensitivities, etc.  Navigating daily food life and food on the go.  Bring your challenges and successes to share!  6:00-7:30pm, Marshall Professional Building.

Julie Bellehumeur-October 20
Continuing the discussion of healthy families, special diets and strategies for success.  1:00-3:00pm, Marshall Professional Building.

Food Day Fair-October 22
There will be multiple tables set up throughout Kirby student center that will include student groups, businesses from the community, UMD Sustainability, the UMD Farm, a gluten free table, and an employee wellness table.  Tom Hanson from the Duluth Grill will also be speaking from 12:00-1:00pm.  There will be “Food for Thought” talks that will include various speakers discussing different health topics.  9:00am-3:00pm, KSC and Kirby Lounge.

Employee Health and Wellness Center Open House-October 22
Learn the different services offered by the Employee Health and Wellness Center.  Meet the wonderful staff who can help you live a healthier life.  There will be the Medication Therapy Management Clinic, Quick Care Clinic, UPlan Health Coaching, and the UMD Employee Wellness Program.  There will be drawings for prizes and healthy and nutritious refreshments!  12:00-2:00pm in KSC.

Sustainability Tour-October 22, 2:15-3:15, UMD Bus Hub
Take a sustainability tour of the campus! Make sure and wear weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes for walking.

Garden Room Viewing of FRESH Part 1 & 2-October 23, 24 October Events Calendar
FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across American who are re-inventing our food system.  Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity.  Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.  12:00-12:45pm both days in the Garden Room.

Sara's Table: Farm to Table Dinner-October 24, 5-6:30pm
Sara's Table cafe is planning a Farm to Table dinner in celebration of Food Day! It will be served by candlelight and will be complemented with live acoustic music and unique spritzers made from cider pressed from apples grown at the cafe. Please RSVP via email Sarah's Table or call 218 724-6811.

Dr. Kuross-October 24, 7pm-8pm, Kirby Ballroom
Dr. Steven A Kuross, MD has 26 years of medical experience and practices in Hematology and Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology.  He practices at Essentia Health and plans to speak on the importance of nutrition and cancer. 

Jack O’Lantern Spooktacular-October 25-28
Please join us at Glensheen as we start carving hundreds of pumpkins for Glensheen’s 2nd Annual Jack O’Lantern Spooktacular.  Glensheen’s Jack O’ Lantern Spooktacular is a display of artistry in which pumpkins are the canvas.  Artists, students, and community members team up to create more than 600 Jack O’ Lanterns to illuminate Glensheen’s seven-acres of Lake Superior shoreline, casting the 104-year-old mansion in a light never seen before.  The event will be held on Glensheen’s grounds and does not include a tour. Trick-or-treating is not offered at the Spooktacular.  Price: $8-$20.  Thursday, October 25 through Sunday, October 28 from 6 to 9 PM.

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.

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Written by Christiana Kapsner, September 2012

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