How will you celebrate Food Day this year?

I wrote about Food Day in my Health & Fitness column in the Aiken Standard this week.

Food Day is an annual event that aims to raise awareness about the food we eat and the impact it has on our health, environment and quality of life. You can learn more about how you can celebrate Food Day on October 24 this year. Then, keep celebrating everyday.

If you aren’t sure where to start, here are some suggestions:

1. Think about what you eat and the impact it has on your health, the environment, and the wellbeing of others. Start by taking this quiz: Food Day | 14 Questions

2. Shop at a farmer’s market to get the freshest, locally grown food. As a bonus you will benefit the local community by supporting local farmers while reducing potential environmental harm from long distance food transportation. You can find a farmer’s market in you area here: Local Harvest | Farmers Markets

I am fortunate because I live near the Aiken County Farmer’s Market, which is an excellent source of local vegetables, fruit, nuts, meat, beans, dairy, honey, flowers, and much more.

3. Watch a movie! While there are many films that are relevant to Food Day, you can’t do much better than Food, Inc.

4. Read a book! Again, lots of good choices. Two of my favorites are In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan and What to Eat by Marion Nestle.

5. Keep up with the latest news and information about food, nutrition, health, and the environment by following some real experts including Marion NestleMichael Pollan, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, and, of course, the people behind Food Day. If you want to learn more about responsible farming,  Polyface Farms is a great example.

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