Despite many calls for Americans to make healthy choices, new studies are showing that the vast majority of people in this country could be doing better when it comes to fruit and vegetable consumption.
Sacramento alone has many areas with food deserts. Food deserts are places that don’t have affordable grocery stores within a one-mile radius. We discuss this on-going issue in this video.
The Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services teamed up with HD Supply to celebrate the end of a 3 month-long successful food drive.
Oak Park’s farmers market is celebrating its 7th year and still running strong! On August 20th from 10 AM to 1 PM, they are hosting a Oak Park Skills Fair. It’s a great opportunity for community members to come show others their ability with food.
There is three competitions for anyone to participate in. At the Homegrown Produce event you can enter your own self-grown vegetable or fruit. The categories for this event are Largest Home Grown Veggie or Fruit, Ugliest Home Grown Veggie or Fruit, Smallest & Largest Egg, and Play with your food – Food Art. The other two events that community food growers may participate in are the photography challenge in which you take a picture of your garden and show it off and a cooking/baking event where you may enter either an appetizer, entree, dessert, jam, or non-alcoholic drink. Of course, all ingredients for your dish must be grown by you or bought from the Oak Park Farmers Market. There will also be a scavenger hunt for the kids where they may earn a fruit or veggie gift bag.
The reason for the fair and for the competition is a simple one; it’s to bring more attention to the need and the greatness that comes in locally grown, home-made food. The Oak Park Farmers Market has been around for a while now and continues to strive for community awareness and unity with food. Every week they’ve got live music, yoga classes, and local chef demonstrations. All of these efforts certainly do not go unnoticed as the community has worked hard over the past few years to make their goals a reality.
“NeighborWorks Sacramento met with Oak Park residents who wanted to achieve the dream of establishing a Farmers Market in Oak Park,” says Sharon Eghigian from NeighborWorks.
“NeighborWorks Sacramento worked closely with resident leaders, including Joany Titherington, a long-time leader and Oak Park Neighborhood Association Board member, to develop a plan for the Market. Several months later, after much hard work, NeighborWorks Sacramento launched the Oak Park Farmers Market in May 2010 with Joany Titherington as the Farmers Market Manager.” So if you’re a fan of locally grown food, or if you just want to have a good time with your community members and bond over the food and the love that it brings to your families, check out Oak Park Farmers Market at 3500 5th Ave, Sacramento, CA 95817, or attend the Skills Fair on August 20th starting at 10 AM. You can also visit their website here.
Chanowk Yisrael is an urban family gardener on a mission to teach local community members in Sacramento the importance of growing your own food and how to do it.
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We have a spooktacular show for you this Wednesday, October 28th on LiveWire. Our Halloween special features The Food Literacy Center and Musical Robot. The Food Literacy Center will be demonstrating a healthy snack option for the holiday and talking about their Midtown Halloween Festival on October 31st. Musical Robot will be having an interactive music performance with our costumed kids in the studio.
The Food Literacy Center is a local nonprofit that was created to encourage kids to eat their vegetables. They teach children to create nutritious meals and inspire the community to live a healthier life style. The Food Literacy Center will be appearing at the Midtown Halloween Festival on Saturday, October 31st.
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Musical Robot is made up of duo Scott Mcmanny and Jason Adair. This ukulele and drum combo transforms songs and incorporates storytelling, dance and puppetry. Musical Robot encourages kids to move and have fun through music.
Join us and tune in to LiveWire! at 5 p.m. Wednesday, October 28th on Access Sacramento channel 17. You can also watch the simulcast online the same time it airs at www.AccessSacramento.org and click ‘watch 17’. The encore presentation airs the following Thursday at 7:30 p.m. And don’t forget to like us at www.facebook.com/LiveWire.Sacramento
Students in school that have less than 20 minutes of lunchtime tend to eat less than students with more time to eat. In under 20 minutes they chose to eat less of the food given to them. The students also are more likely to not choose any of the fruits that go with their own meal. This was all said by Harvard researchers and reported in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
With a large obesity rate in the U.S. it would seem to most that eating less would be a good idea, but these lunches may just be the only healthy meal a student will have throughout their day. Experts say that when kids don’t eat enough to satisfy their hunger at lunchtime, it’s more likely for them to consume unhealthy foods later in the day.
“There has been a lot of attention given to the quality of the lunches over the past four or five years there have been big steps forward,” say Eric Rimm, a professor of epidemiology and nutrition at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “There hasn’t been many research on the length of time children have to eat their lunch.”
Rimm and his colleagues conducted a study on the eating habits of 1000 and multiple elementary and middle schools in a low income school district in Massachusetts. Each of the schools had a lunch period of 20 to 30 minutes. They analyzed what the students chose in their meals and how much of their meals they consumed.
Children with less than just 20 minutes ate 13 percent less of their meals, 12 percent less of their vegetables, and 10 percent less of their milk. Compared to students who had a 25 minute long lunch period.
Locally, administrators with the Sacramento City Unified School District are pushing for more healthy food options for students and increased food literacy across all grade levels.
Sacramento has hosted many kind of food festivals in the past such as beer and chili festivals. But on August 15th, SacTown Wings hosted their second annual chicken wing festival at Cesar Chavez Park in Downtown Sacramento with partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Live music from local bands and artists played in the background while attendees, both adults and children, came to enjoy good food and good music. XOSO Sport & Social League was also present as they provided games such as Giant Jenga and Giant Beer Pong for attendees to play while they drank their beer, ate their wings, and laughed with friends.
With over 40,000 chicken wings, the options were endless as vendors like Chicago Fire, Barwest, Sac Food Co-op, and many more came to support SacTown Wings’ partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento. Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization that focuses on building homes for families and revitalizing neighborhoods.
“This is my second time volunteering with SacTown Wings,” said Laura G., a member of XOSO and also a SacTown Wings volunteer. “Last year they had the event at Fremont Park and decided to move it here [at Cesar Chavez Park] because the turnout was so big. They doubled in size with the amount of vendors that are here today and I think a lot more people are going to show up today for a good cause.”
As a national non-profit organization, Habitat for Humanity has built and repaired more than 1 million homes throughout the United States since its establishment in 1976. So far in the Greater Sacramento area, 124 homes have been built through the support of Habitat for Humanity. As the amount of homes being built and neighborhoods being repaired are rising in Sacramento, they couldn’t have done it without the support of events such as SacTown Wings.
With over 120 homes built in Sacramento through Habitat for Humanity, this proves how community-oriented Sacramentans are as events like SacTown Wings continues to support local communities.
For more information about Habitat for Humanity Greater Sacramento, visit their website here: http://habitatgreatersac.org/
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With the city and state still struggling to provide affordable health care for its residents, many in the area are working to get California covered, or at least spread the word and educate those in the state with no or inadequate health insurance. On Saturday, May 30th, the Joe Mims Jr. Hagginwood Community Center is hosting a Health and Wellness Fair, with some notable politicians and community leaders planning to attend.
The fair, scheduled from 8 am to noon, will include important services like food distribution, information about Affordable Care Act or “Obamacare”, and additional resources on health and wellness.
Among those who are attending this free event is State Senator Richard Pan, himself a doctor, health educator, and advocate for expanding health care. Other prominent local politicians like Supervisor Phil Serna, Assemblymember Kevin McCarty, and Councilmember Jeff Harris will join him.
Though the fair is over at 12 pm, free eye exams are available by appointment until 4. This “comprehensive” exam also includes a free pair of glasses if needed.
“There is nothing more important than your own wellness and I want to help you and your family get and stay healthy,” says Senator Pan. “I hope you check out my health fair where I will bring a number of resources together under one roof with one goal in mind: to give you the tools you need to stay healthy.”
Anyone who needs more information on the Affordable Care Act or other health care resources is encouraged to attend the Community Health and Wellness Fair, speak with your community leaders, and possibly leave with a free pair of glasses.
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With tens of thousands of people in Sacramento County going hungry every day, America’s “Farm-to-Fork Capital” still has plenty of work to do. For those who want to be a part of Sacramento’s urban agriculture movement, Capital Public Radio and Village Square Commons are sponsoring a free educational event called “Hunger in the Farm-to-Fork Capital” on May 13th at the Clunie Center.
The event is designed to promote dialogue about a problem many Sacramentans face every day: food insecurity. Anyone who isn’t sure when their next meal will be, or where it’s coming from, is considered to be food insecure. Hunger in the Farm-to-Fork Capital is offering community leaders the chance to meet with other like minded people in the area and come up with solutions that best suit their neighborhoods.
“Community leaders from the front lines of food insecurity will share powerful public radio stories,” according to the event’s official Facebook page. “You’ll meet with dozens of different neighbors to talk about why hunger is an important issue and how it impacts us all.”
Partners of this event include the Sacramento Hunger Coalition, Grow Sacramento, Sacramento Region Food System Collaborative and California Chapter 1 of the American Academy of Pediatrics. They and others want to look for answers as to why there are so many going hungry in the farm-to-fork capital, how food insecurity affects entire communities, and what can be done to make real changes in the area.
Aside from the “dynamic community conversation,” this even will have information booths, an art gallery, and food.
For anyone who is an advocate for the farm-to-fork movement, or who just wants to help fight food insecurity in their area, check out Hunger in the Farm-to-Fork Capital, starting at 5:00 pm at the Clunie Center. This event is free but fast-approaching, so be sure to register in advance.
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