A Food Day Awareness Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the Waupaca Recreation Center, 407 School St.
The event will feature food demonstrations, displays by local growers and businesses, local prizes, and nutrition-related resources. Clips from the series “Weight of the Nation” will also be shown throughout the day and discussions will be held on how national nutrition wleading to the obesity epidemic.
“Food Day is an important event that addresses some of the critical problems many of our communities face such as accessibility to healthy food and affordability of fresh fruits and vegetables,” said Connie Abert, the youth development educator with the University of wisconsin Extension office in Waupaca County “When healthy, locally grown food is available, improved eating habits can be adopted and healthier lifestyles developed.”
Food Day falls eight days after World Food Day, the global anti-hunger event sponsored by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, which occurs every year on Oct. 16 .Organizers encourage schools, churches and other organizations to use the days in between the global and local eents to conduct activities focused on hunger, nutrition, sustainable agriculture and other food issues.
Last year, Food Day had 2,300 events nationwide. Organizers of Food Day 2012 anticipate thousands of events nationwide both big and small for the celebration going into its second year.
Currently, local units of government are preparing resolutions and proclamations in support of Food Day to encourage healthy, affordable, and sustainable food throughout Waupaca County.
Food Day is hosted locally by the Waupaca County NuAct Coalition and ACHIEVE (Action Communities for Health, Innovation and EnVironmental Change).
For more information, visit www.foodday.org or contact Bev Hall at Bev.Hall@co.waupaca.wi.us or 715-258-6276 or the UW Extension office at 715-258-6226.