Food Day Inspires Americans to Change Their Diets and Our Food Policies
Every October 24, thousands of events all around the country bring Americans together to celebrate and enjoy real food and to push for improved food policies. Food Day is a day to resolve to make changes in our own diets and to take action to solve food-related problems in our communities at the local, state, and national level.
Towards a Greener Diet
Food Day 2015 will focus on greener diets as a way to address both health and environmental issues. The typical American diet is contributing to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems. Those problems cost Americans more than $150 billion per year. Plus, a meat-heavy diet takes a terrible toll on the environment. Eating green can save your own health and our planet and put our food system on a more humane, sustainable path.
Across the country, health officials, nutritionists, college students, advocates for farm worker justice and animal welfare, environmentalists, farmers, responsible companies, chefs, parents, and teachers are hosting Food Day activities urging Americans to eat real food. To attend a Food Day event in your community, search by entering your zip code or city and state on the Food Day national map at foodday.org.
How to Get Involved
Nothing on the map in your community? Get involved in the movement by using the momentum around Food Day to introduce healthier foods into your diet. Ask your employer to announce an office wellness policy or to participate in a community supported agriculture program. Or, introduce cooking lessons in your school or plant a vegetable garden.
Want to do something more? Teach a cooking class to help build healthy relationships with food, or organize a vegetable-identification contest in your child's elementary school. A healthy potluck dinner with friends and family is another way to celebrate. College students could organize forums that explore how our dietary choices impact the environment, the health of farm workers, and the treatment of animals. Health departments could kick off weight-loss campaigns. And city councils could hold hearings on how to bring supermarkets and farmers markets to underserved areas.
For more ways to get involved, event examples, and free resources, check out foodday.org.