Third Annual Chefs as Catalysts for Change a Huge Success

Chefs as Catalyst for Change is an annual effort to open a dialogue between chefs, vendors, farmers, and restaurant professionals about what’s going on in the food system. Each year, it also serves as a kick-off event for Food Day in DC. On Monday, October 20 at the US Navy Memorial, attendees of the third annual Chefs as Catalysts for Change event, learned from esteemed panelists and also from other audience members.


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The Real Politics of Food: The Nation Awakens

This post was originally published on the Roots of Change blog on November 16, 2014.

As we head into the Thanksgiving season, the continuing momentum of the food movement across the nation is clearly visible. And for that I am grateful. I believe that 2014 will be seen as the year that the food movement demonstrated its capacity to become deeply political. The first weeks of November have been telling and set the stage for more political progress in 2015, even in the face of a new, more conservative Congress whose leadership has been hostile to many food movement goals.


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Frustrated by Junk Food at Your Child’s School? How I Fought Back–and Won

This blog was originally published on School Bites on November 13, 2014.

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Three years ago, I was a mom fed up with all the junk food that my kids were get­ting at school. From cup­cake and ice cream par­ties to Froot Loop neck­laces and McDonald’s field trips, it felt like they were being handed unhealthy processed food left and right–the very foods that we were try­ing hard to avoid. A cou­ple moms with older kids told me not to bother try­ing to change it–the sit­u­a­tion was hope­less. I didn’t listen.

Flash for­ward to today, and my kids’ class­rooms are essen­tially junk-food free. Instead of cook­ies and donuts, they have clemen­tine pump­kins and apple tast­ings. Birth­days are cel­e­brated with addi­tional recess or a healthy snack such as popcorn–not cup­cakes. Ice cream and candy rewards? Now, they get a pajama party or extra time on the playground.

Chang­ing the food envi­ron­ment at a school–or an after-school pro­gram, child­care cen­ter, or sum­mer camp–is rarely quick and easy. But it’s nec­es­sary if we are going to reverse ris­ing rates of child­hood obe­sity, dia­betes and other deadly health prob­lems threat­en­ing our chil­dren. Since every school dis­trict is dif­fer­ent, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. I per­son­ally tried many avenues (from start­ing a well­ness com­mit­tee to talk­ing to my kids’ teach­ers and their school prin­ci­pal) with hit-or-miss results before join­ing forces with a local reg­is­tered dietit­ian and other con­cerned moms for the big win.


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Cooking With Kids!

During our 3rd recipe testing session with Eduardo, Aayush, and Irene, we were delighted to see that their passion for cooking and confidence in the kitchen had substantially grown. The collaboration with Northwood High School students and The Healthy Cook helped everyone learn about new cultures and food traditions.

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A powerful film on the struggle of farm workers

We love highlighting great documentaries that shine light on some of our country’s most important food issues.  Food Chains, premiering this Friday, November 21st, is the latest we can’t wait to see.

 

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Healthy Hunger Relief Builds Community

This blog post was originally published on November 10 on Stefanie Sacks' blog

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I have experienced hunger in my life, but surely not the kind that 1 in 6 people in this country experience daily. My stomach may growl from time to time, and when it does, I feed it with healthy food. Sadly, for almost 50 million Americans that is just not the case.

There are many who fight hunger day in and day out and since I am a solution-oriented kind of gal, I made the choice to hop on the healthy hunger relief bandwagonwith Superfood Drive in honor of FoodDay 2014, a national movement to inspire Americans to change their diet and food policies. Hey, giving back is important!


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Recipes and Tips for a Green Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is next week, and while timing the perfect meal for guests isn't always easy, staying green and healthy this holiday season can be.

Food Day is excited to collaborate with Interfaith Power and Light to bring you a one-of-a-kind guide to sustainable food choices and meal preparation to help you keep the environment and your health in mind this holiday season.


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