Food Day is designed to inspire people to eat healthier food and to work to change our country’s food policies (hint: they currently stink…). The idea is to have people and groups do things on Food Day to create awareness of the need (and benefits) of healthier eating and doubly to create awareness that Federal policies have an enormous influence over what we consume. Many of those policies are pointing in the wrong direction – encouraging people to eat the wrong food. Incredible, but true.
Amp is proud to be a Food Day national partner – we have co-organized the REAL Food Drive – and collaborate in other ways with both Food Day and many members of the Food Day community.
For us, Food Day is a wake up call. There are identifiable reasons why more than half of all adults are diabetic or pre-diabetic and why so many Americans are obese. The most obvious one is the food we eat. “You are what you eat” is simple wisdom and the results speak for themselves. It is, of course, more complicated than that – our own government has food policies that have enormous influence over the food that’s available to eat and the guidance we receive about what constitutes a healthy diet. Unfortunately, government policies in these areas are influenced by special interest groups whose interest is making and selling more food that’s not good for us.
The good news is that change is afoot. More and more people are waking up to the fact that we’ve got to make changes. Individuals are voting with their dollars to purchase healthier food in lieu of unhealthy food. It’s why McDonald’s is selling fewer Big Macs and supermarkets are selling more organic food. That’s heartening. But its still just a start.
On Food Day (and maybe on many of the days following Food Day), do your self a favor. Trade in the candy bar or piece of cake for a juicy apple. Skip the potato chips and have some carrot sticks instead. Your body will thank you for it