Ever heard of Food Day? Soon to mark its third year on October 24, Food Day is the nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. The Food Day movement calls attention to consuming nurturing, “real” food for the benefit of farmers, animals, the environment, and our nation as whole! The month of October can sometimes bring out the little kid in all of us as candy is readily available as the month progresses toward Halloween. Food Day aims to help people eat real food and cut back on their sugar intake and processed items. “Let’s Get Cooking with Kids” is this year’s theme that emphasizes engaging children in their eating habits so they will be more apt to make healthier choices.
Not sure how “real” your food is or how your eating habits affect your physical health? Take Food Day’s 14 Questions quiz to see how your current food intake impacts your wellness! http://www.foodday.org//14questions
In Massachusetts, Food Day is supported by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR). Food Day events are planned and organized by food enthusiasts all over the Commonwealth. This year the US Farmers and Ranchers Alliance chose the city of Boston to hold their nationally streamed “Food Dialogues” event on Food Day. The panel, made up of farmers, ranchers, media personnel, industry experts and consumers, focuses on discussions about transparency and the information consumers may be looking for when purchasing food, such as how it was grown and raised. For more information, visit http://www.fooddialogues.com/events/the-food-dialogues%C2%AE-boston.
For more information about events in MA and some recipe ideas that will motivate kids to cook, visit http://www.foodday.org/lets_get_cooking.
There are plenty of other events happening throughout Massachusetts. There are over 300 events taking place, most likely one not too far from you. To locate an event, check out www.foodday.org/events. If you would like to be involved in planning, be a volunteer or host an event, please visit http://www.foodday.org/host_an_event.
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2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: March posted on Apr 23
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2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: February posted on Feb 25
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2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: January posted on Jan 26
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