Monday, October 8, 2012

Meatless Monday: Are You Ready for Food Day?

Food Day is an annual nationwide celebration observed on October 24, created by Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), to address a variety of food issues including health and nutrition, hunger, agricultural policy, animal welfare, and farm worker justice. Food Day’s ultimate goal is to strengthen and unify the food movement in order to improve our nation’s food policies. Food Day 2012’s honorary co-chairs are Hon. Tom Harkin, U.S. Senator from Iowa, and Hon. Rosa DeLauro, U.S. Representative from Connecticut!

One of the messages of Food Day is to “Eat Real,” meaning putting vegetables, fruits, and whole grains at the center of your diet. Get in the zone for Food Day by taking the Get Real Quiz to see what impact your diet has on your health, the environment, and animal welfare. 

Food Day organizers hope as many people as possible across the nation will participate in Food Day events, from thoughtful meals shared with friends, to rallies, community activities, and film screenings. Click here to find an already organized event near you. 

If there are none in your area, or you decide you’d rather host an event of your own, Food Day has a rich site with all the tools and graphics you need to promote your activity. Organizers have prepared a short list of simple ideas for those needing inspiration.

Get ready. October 24 will soon be here. Whatever you do that day, be sure to eat wisely and well. 

Happy Monday!

I often blog on food or food issues on Monday in support of Meatless Monday, one of several programs developed in the Healthy Monday project, founded in 2003 in association with Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Communications. Meatless Monday’s goal is “to help reduce meat consumption 15% in order to improve personal health and the health of our planet.”

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