Food Day is an opportunity to find a healthy new recipe or evaluate your nutrition

Oct. 24 is Food Day, a nationwide promotion of healthy, affordable and sustainably produced food. Why not mark the day by trying a recipe from the Eat Real Cookbook created by some of America’s top chefs? Or, try creating one of these Halloween treats.

Food Day can also be an opportunity to think about the consequences of what we eat. Sadly, the American diet of cheap food and drink has too many calories and not enough nutrition. That diet contributes to several hundred thousand premature deaths from heart attack, stroke, diabetes and cancer each year. Curious about how your diet rates? Take the Eat Real quiz.

The alternative — promoted by Food Day sponsors — is a healthy diet that would help us avoid obesity, heart disease and other diet-related conditions. Food Day advocates call for action to ensure that a healthy diet is available to all Americans, regardless of their age, race, income or geographic location. Those are the same goals that have been set by the City of Minneapolis and are being used to trigger work in Homegrown Minneapolis and Department of Health and Family Support programming.

There are many ways to get on track for a healthy diet, including:

Food Day was created by the Center for Science in the Public Interest to improve our nation’s food policies.

Published Oct 24, 2012