December 2013

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December 2013

 

The holiday season has officially begun! I know it can seem like the holidays are all about food (and you know we love food), but for the Food Day community, it’s the perfect time to focus on our family, friends, and values. It’s an opportunity to bring food education to your community, celebrate in a sustainable way, or share healthy food with those less fortunate.

We’re participating in Bread for the City’s 2013 Holiday Helpings Fundraising Campaign. I’d love to hear how you plan to give back this year, especially if it involves healthy, affordable, sustainable food. Let us know by tweeting at @FoodDay2014 (we changed the handle because we are looking forward to another year of eating real!).

While you’re out doing good in your community, we want to give you our best tips for staying healthy this time of year. Read on for Five Ways to Eat Real this holiday season.

Happy holidays,

Lilia Smelkova
Food Day Campaign Manager


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“If you make the healthy foods delicious, you can treat yourself and your family without over indulging,” says The Healthy Cook Kate Sherwood, Culinary Institute of America-trained chef and culinary director of Nutrition Action and Center for Science in the Public Interest.


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December 2013

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December 2013

 

As 2013 comes to a close, I am full of gratitude for the inspiring advocacy for healthy, affordable, sustainable food that is taking place around the country. In Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Food Policy Council celebrated progress made by institutions participating in the inaugural year of the Good Food Purchasing Program and launched the first annual Los Angeles Food System Snapshot. In Seattle, city officials shared the progress they’ve made in implementing the Food Action Plan, a roadmap that lays out steps to get more healthy food to more residents, expand opportunities to grow food, and strengthen the local food economy. After CSPI’s 20-year campaign for a ban of artificial trans fat, the FDA responded by beginning the process to have this dangerous fat declared unsafe for use in food.

Now it’s time to gear up for another year of eating real and helping our communities do the same! Read on to learn about five food policies that deserve our attention in 2014.

Warm regards,

Lilia Smelkova
Food Day Campaign Manager

 

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"We hope that one of the things that comes out of Food Day is a food movement that is stronger, more united, and better equipped to press for changes that make it easier to eat healthier year round." Michael F. Jacobson, CSPI Executive Director and Food Day Founder


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November 2013

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November 2013

People organized nearly five thousand Food Day events, large and small, in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. These events are part of a broad grassroots ferment transforming America’s food system for the better. Let’s use this energy to make a meaningful and long-lasting difference!

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"Food Day is an important occasion for us to come together to celebrate all of the opportunities for nutritious, healthy eating while also renewing our commitment to increasing those opportunities," said Food Day Co-Chair Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT). "Ending hunger in America, guaranteeing accurate and clear food labeling, and ensuring every child has access to nutritious meals benefits not just our nation, but the entire world. This is why I continue to champion the spirit and vision of Food Day."

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October 2013

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October 2013

Nearly 50 million Americans are considered “food insecure,” or near hunger, and hence, participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) is at an all-time high. SNAP is vital to reducing hunger, but its budget is under constant attack while federal measures to increase food access are minimal. In a country with such great wealth and agricultural abundance, it’s unacceptable that millions of Americans cannot afford to buy enough food for their families.

“It’s unconscionable.” Food Day Co-Chair and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro’s (D-Connecticut) response at the Childhood Obesity Summit to the House of Representatives approval of a $40 billion cut to SNAP


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September 2013

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September 2013

It's back to school time again! Can you believe it? As I'm sure you've heard, there's a lot going on around school foods. Read on to learn how schools are making progress in implementing updated nutrition standards for school lunches, the Get Food Education in Every School campaign, and more!

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Hands-on cooking and essential food skills should be taught to every child at every school in the country. Healthy diets are critical to healthy lives but our children lack the knowledge to make the right food choices or the skills to create healthy, wholesome, and nutritious meals. Jamie Oliver, chef and founder of the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation

 


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August 2013

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August 2013

Americans’ love for farmers markets is greater than ever before—over 8,000 markets and counting—but sustainable agriculture faces threats large and small. As we celebrate National Farmers Market Week (August 4-10), you can help support a sustainable food system that bolsters local farmers rather than threaten them.

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If you are convinced, as I am, that our food system needs a major overhaul for the healthy future of our children and grandchildren, then we need to not only eat local or plant gardens but start engaging as fair food citizens to alter the larger policies and institutional practices that are driving the system in its current direction. Dr. Oran Hesterman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Fair Food Network


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July 2013

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July 2013

Growing concerns about both health and sustainability make enjoying seafood a particularly difficult water to navigate. How can we incorporate more heart-healthy seafood into our diets while also revitalizing our world’s depleted oceans? The answers are complicated, but it is clear that in order to restore the oceans’ bounty, we must start by asking what the seafood industry can supply, not demanding what we want.

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I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve (or save) the world and a desire to enjoy (or savor) the world. – E.B. White


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June 2013

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June 2013

Important programs making affordable, healthy food more accessible are on the chopping block as Congress debates the latest Farm Bill. Meanwhile, millions of Americans—many of them children—suffer the consequences of hunger every day. Isn’t it time we made Eating Real possible for everyone, no matter one’s age, race, gender, or income?

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We have made a political decision not to end hunger. We have the means, the food and the programs to ensure that not one person goes without food in this country. What we lack is the political will to actually make it happen. – U.S. Representative Jim McGovern, Massachusetts, Food Day Advisory Board member

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May 2013

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May 2013

Today, most farm animals are confined in “factory farms”—sometimes containing as many as fifty thousand or one hundred thousand cattle, hens, or pigs. These practices result in needless animal abuse and illness, environmental degradation, and harm the people who live in and around those “farms.” Isn’t it time we took farm animal cruelty off the national menu?

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I think using animals for food is an ethical thing to do, but we've got to do it right. We've got to give those animals a decent life and we've got to give them a painless death. We owe the animal respect. – Temple Grandin, Ph.D., renowned animal-welfare advocate.


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April 2013

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April 2013

Is your workplace literally making you sick?

With an average working adult spending nearly 10 hours working and commuting a day, eating real and staying healthy at work can be a challenge. When we are busy with work, we often look for convenient food options. Does the workplace environment matter? Experts in worksite health promotion say it does, both to employees’ health and to companies’ bottom line, but the devil is in the details.

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Workers spend much of their lives in the workplace, so that setting can have a significant impact, for good or for bad, on their attitudes, behaviors, and weight. Creating a workplace environment that makes eating well and being active the norm is potentially a very important part of the comprehensive solution to epidemic obesity. Dr. David Katz, Director, Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center


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