24. October 2011 12:02
Drop your fork! Did you know that today is National Food Day? Before you go ordering extra courses at dinner, there is something you should know. Today's emphasis is on healthy food, not junk food.
Since diet-related diseases and obesity are plaguing the United States, the Center for Science in Public Interest has deemed October 24, 2011 as National Food Day. On this day and beyond, there is an opportunity to educate the public on a wide range of food related concerns including food safety, health impact, environmental concerns, and animal welfare.
Celebrating the day through education, venues and organizations are encouraged to communicate the concerns related to health and food. With more than 200,000 deaths annually contributed by diseases like diabetes, cancer, and heart disease, helping communities learn how to make good diet choices is a paramount concern.
National Food Day also puts an emphasis on cooking - one activity that some say people are doing less and less with the amount of convenience foods available and an increase in restaurant visits. Choosing healthful foods can start in the home with delicious recipes. In addition, encouragement to restaurants for preparing meals with healthy ingredients is an important goal for this recognized day, too.
How do you plan on celebrating the day?
2011 "National Food Day": Transforming the Way Americans Eat
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