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2015 could be the most important year in environmental history since 1970 when the first Earth Day kick-started the modern environmental movement.

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SuperFood Drive: Replacing Hunger With Health

This post was originally published on the Youth Service America blog on February 17, 2015.

It’s hard to believe that in the midst of an obesity epidemic, nearly 50 million Americans struggle to keep food on the table. Food insecurity is the term used to describe not having access to enough food. More accurately, we are seeing a problem of nutrition insecurity, meaning inadequate access to sufficient nutrients to live a healthy life. Those who are nutrition insecure are also more likely to be overweight and diagnosed with diet-related diseases such as obesity and type II diabetes. Many Americans are struggling with being overfed, yet undernourished, all while being uncertain of where their next meal will come from.

Good news: SuperFood Drive is working toward a solution!

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Spark the Fire for The Campus Kitchens Project

Ever get inspired to volunteer, but let the flame snuff out?  Here’s a story of how one health sciences major- gleaning from her experiences at the Capital Area Food Bank in D.C., World Hunger Relief farm in Waco, and Learning Centers at James Madison University (JMU)- is taking a good idea and running with it.  The Campus Kitchen Project (CKP) is already churning out change on 43 campuses nationwide.  Thanks to folks like Adrienne Griggs who fan the flame of inspiration, the organization is spreading like wildfire.

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School Nutrition Education Just Got Easier with Eat a Rainbow Project!

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Teaching kids to “eat a rainbow” is a great way to encourage them to consume a variety of colorful fruits and veggies beneficial to their health. Eating a rainbow of naturally occurring colors helps ensure that their bodies get a broad range of nutrients, and is a simple and fun guideline that can help educate and inspire them to make healthy choices.

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Quinoa Chili

The Kids Cook Monday is a campaign that encourages parents and kids to start their weeks off right by making Monday family night. Each week, the campaign provides an easy weeknight recipe and all the tools families will need to enjoy a fun cooking and dining experience on Monday nights. To have The Family Dinner Date Newsletter delivered to your inbox each Friday, sign up here.

This vegetarian dish is so packed with protein from the beans and quinoa, you won’t even notice it doesn’t have any meat! This recipe comes to us from Kids Cook Monday Ambassador Karen of Our Blessed Adventures.

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New Infographics Demonstrate How We Build Healthy Food Systems

This post was originally published on the Health Care Without Harm website on March 5, 2015.

Kaiser Permanente and Health Care Without Harm have teamed up to produce a series of infographics that show how the health sector can transform the food system towards greater health and sustainability. They focus on three key areas: health care food purchasing powerhealthier hospital food service, and hospitals as anchor institutions.


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The Meatrix: Relaunched

This blog was originally published on Ecocentric Blog on March 7, 2015

On a sweltering afternoon in July 2004, I found myself sweating through my shirt as I walked across midtown Manhattan carrying an enormous cardboard box. Six months earlier, I’d taken a job at GRACE, which had recently released The Meatrix, a four-minute parody of the Matrix films created to educate viewers about the problems caused by factory farms. Released pre-Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or smartphones, our distribution opportunities were limited; the unwieldy cardboard box I hauled across town was filled with copies of The Meatrix on VHS and CD-ROM - and I was headed to the post office.

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