Happy National Food Day 2012!

It's Food Day! Celebrate by eating to protect the planet.I will be spending the day at the UA Food Day Fair. If you are in Tucson, come on down between 10-2 pm on the UA Mall, just outside the Student Union. Park in any of the campus garages and bring cash if you want to enjoy a delicious burger.The burger offerings demonstrate simple choices you can make to support healthy and sustainable foods. Choose a local grass fed burger, which comes from an animal fed less soy and corn, which is easier on the environement and easier on your body, or chooose a vegan buger, which is definitely better for the environement since beef carries a high carbon footprint, and a vegan burger is better for your body since frequent consumption of beef (>6 ounces per week) increases the risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Plus the vegan burger is made up of protective nutrients found in beans, veggies and whole grains.So check out the Fair and think of how you can eat to support access to affordable, healthy and sustainable foods. What can you do to improve access healthy foods? Simply vote with your fork! Each time you choose healthy and sustainable foods you send a message that ultimately improves access to and affordability of healthy and sustainable foods.To celebrate Food Day you could:

  • Fill your plate with vegetables at each meal today
  • Find a farmer's market and shop for more produce
  • Make a vegetarian meal
  • Share a vegetarian meal
  • Seek out a new organic food
  • Try a new fruit
  • Experiment with ground turkey instead of ground beef
  • Buy frozen or canned wild salmon rather than fresh salmon fillets that have been flown in
  • Check out the Seafood Watch for sustainable seafood choices in your area

For more ideas on how to support Food Day, check out the Center for Science in the Public Interests Food Day site.Material on this blog is provided for informational purposes only. It is general information that may not apply to you as an individual, and is not a substitute for personalized nutrition or health advice or healthcare. Never disregard medical advice or delay seeking medical care because of something you have read or accessed through this website.