The Northwoods LEAN Coalition joins forces with National Food Day, Oct. 24, 2013. The Northwoods LEAN (Linking Education, Activity, and Nutrition) is a coalition that promotes a culture of healthy living through physical activity and nutrition in Oneida and Vilas Counties. National Food Day is a nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food and a grassroots campaign for better food policies.
Food Day provides Northwoods LEAN with the opportunity to join with Ministry Health Care, local food pantries, local school districts, area grocery stores, and the YMCA of the Northwoods in an effort to provide education about healthy food choices. The Northwoods LEAN Coalition has sparked a movement towards healthy lifestyle changes, including community food pantries in Oneida and Vilas Counties, where residents may lack access to resources for healthy, fresh, and affordable food. Local schools and youth are included in the movement to improve nutritional awareness and education on healthy choices.
The third annual Food Day will see thousands of events in all 50 states aimed at promoting healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food. One special focus of Food Day 2013 here in the Northwood’s will be to encourage and educate adults and children to “eat real” by picking natural grown fruits and vegetables, how to read nutritional food labels, and to encourage adults to teach children how to cook healthy recipes. All year round, Food Day is devoted to promoting safer, healthier diets, supporting sustainable farms, ending hunger, reforming factory farms, and supporting fair working conditions for food and farm workers.
Locally, The Northwoods LEAN Coalition goals for community change are to establish a community that promotes and supports residents in achieving a healthy lifestyle across the lifespan. Specifically, the coalition will work to increase physical activity and improve nutrition in community members.
Northwoods LEAN is excited to celebrate Food Day here in the Northwoods, and is thankful for the support and participation from Ministry Health Care, local school districts, area food pantries, and local grocery stores. Food Day is not just a day-long event, but an opportunity to make a permanent change that supports a more sustainable and healthy future for our Northwoods communities.