October 24th is Food Day
Food Day will be celebrated on October 24th, 2015 with this year’s theme of “Toward a Greener Diet.” Many state and local partners, faith based organizations, food activists, colleges and universities, and a variety of other organizations will team up to host or participate in activities in all 50 states aimed at using the day as a catalyst to improve our diets and our food system.
Food Day is a day to inspire us to make changes in our own diets and in the food policies that dictate our food supply. The typical American diet is contributing to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other preventable diseases, which is costing Americans $150 billion dollars a year.
The goals of this year’s Food Day are:
Promote safer, healthier diets- The foods we eat should contribute to good health, not damage our health. Between the government initiatives to eliminate trans fats, the push toward voluntary reduction of sodium in packaged foods, and the campaigns against soda we are seeing messages about healthier diets and foods being heard by companies and consumers alike.
Support sustainable and organic farms- Small, sustainable farms receive little federal support, whereas the largest industrialized farms receive the bulk of federal subsidies despite contributing to damaging the environment.
Reduce hunger and improve access to food- Nearly 46 million Americans are considered “food insecure.” We are at a time in the country when we are nearing a record number of Americans receiving governmental assistance with food, yet food assistance programs’ budgets are under threat of being cut.
Reform factory farms to protect the environment and farm animals- Most animals raised for human consumption are in “factory farms” which may house 50,000-100,000 animals in conditions that put animals at risk of abuse and illness, and contribute to environmental damage. New state laws and new requirements from large food companies are helping to make improvements.
Support fair working conditions for food and farm workers- The food industry employs over 20 million workers who harvest, process, ship, sell, cook, and serve the food we eat and feed our families every day. The food we expect to be safe, delicious, and healthful. Yet, farm workers and tipped restaurant workers are often paid poverty levels. Worker activism is picking up steam in many states including California, South Dakota, Washington, and Nebraska.
To find out more about how to get involved in Food Day 2015, visit the Food Day website at www.foodday.org/get_involved
The above is offered by Dr. Shillingford, M.D., P.A., a board certified surgeon specializing in bariatric weight loss procedures. Dr. Shillingford’s gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and adjustable lap band patients come from all over South Florida, including Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Wellington, Miami, Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and as far north as Orlando and Jacksonville. Dr. Shillingford and his staff are pleased to share news and information with their patients that helps promote health and nutrition. Food Day 2015 is an excellent way for those who have made lasting improvements in their diets and their personal health to inspire their friends and families to do the same.