Food Day's platform is very broad and goes across all sectors of the food movement, from public health to animal welfare. Food Day 2013 focused on food education as a way to improve our diets, address obesity and other health issues, and started with schools and campuses.
Food Education: Children who know where our food comes from and how to cook meals will have a big advantage when it comes to being healthy and avoiding chronic diseases. Introducing kids to new fruits, vegetables, and whole grains—along with a few basic recipes—can put them on track to make smart food choices for life. If you teach a child to cook, a lot of other things fall into place.
Food and Health: 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 Real can save your own health and put our food system on a more humane, sustainable path.
Campuses: College campuses have always been incubators for social movements, and students, faculty, and administrators play an important role in building the momentum toward a better food system. Hundreds of colleges and universities participate in Food Day each year, with activities ranging from debates, lectures, and conferences, to cook-offs, movie screenings, and on-campus farmers markets.