School District of Palm Beach County Supports National Food Day

The School District of Palm Beach County is excited to support the efforts of Food Day which is being honored on Monday, October 24, 2011.  People nationwide will come together to celebrate Food Day by participating in a grassroots mobilization to promote healthier diets and improved food policies.  This special day seeks to bring together Americans from all walks of life including parents, teachers, students, health professionals, community organizers, local officials, chefs, and child nutrition professionals to push for healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way.  The goal is to work with people around the country to create thousands of events in homes, schools, churches, farmers markets, city halls and state capitals.              

Food Day’s goal is nothing less than to transform the American diet.  People should be “eating real” by enjoying fresh fruits, vegetables, and healthy whole grains from neighborhood farmers markets while understanding its supportive relationship with their local agricultural community.  Real cooking is encouraged through family dinners prepared and eaten together thus seeing fewer people at drive-throughs and bigger crowds at farmers markets. 

THE SIX FOOD DAY PRINCIPLES

 

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

  2. Support sustainable farms and limit subsidies to big agribusiness

  3. Expand access to food and alleviate hunger

  4. Protect the environment and animals by reforming factory farms

  5. Promote health by curbing junk food marketing to kids

  6. Support fair conditions for food and farm workers

 

Food Day was created by the Center for Science in the Public Interest and is supported by a dynamic advisory board which is chaired by Senator Tom Harkin and Representative Rosa DeLauro.  “All Americans will benefit from greater understanding and appreciation of food, agriculture and nutrition – spanning the food chain from farm families to family tables.  Participants in Food Day activities and events will be helping to promote better nutrition and health, lessen hunger and increase access to food, conserve and protect our land and water, and enhance the lives of consumers, farm families, and rural communities.” – Senator Harkin.  

 For more information contact Paula Triana, R.D, L.D./N., School Food Service Department, Assistant Director of the Nutrition & Wellness Promotion Team at (561) 383-2026 or via e-mail at paula.triana@palmbeachschools.org.

 

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 Public Affairs Contact: Natalia Arenas – (561) 357-7662 – natalia.arenas@palmbeachschools.org