What is the purpose of food stamps? How important is a healthy diet? Today we learn about what some people in Sacramento think on these topics.
The black plague has killed more than fifty million people. By conservative estimate, that would be one out of every ten American dead. But that was over six hundred years ago in Europe. Today is the modern world and many people have access to quality health care. America has abundances in food, so much so that people are dying from overeating. The scale of which can be considered unprecedented, very much like the black death.
Many organizations have called obesity an “epidemic” because a staggering one-third of American adult are obese. In a published study by RAND Health, obesity can be considered worse than smoking or poverty due to the magnitude of health problem it causes. People with obesity is linked to more chronic disease such as heart diseases, diabetes, and cancer. About three hundred thousand people died directly from obesity each year. That would be around thirty-four people dying every one hour. More death than influenza, pneumonia, and Alzheimer’s combined.
Many adults see obesity as a single problem with one consequence and one solution. You’re overweight because you’re eating too much. By being overweight, you’re not healthy and you can stop being overweight by eating healthier. This can be considered true to some extent, however, many experts agree that prevention is key. That is why more organization such as letsmove.gov , run by First Lady Michelle Obama, is teaching kid to eat healthier. In a recent interview with ASSET program manager at John F Kennedy high school, Chandler Cooper says “ We have a strict guideline to which we serve snacks to student”. Also, JFK high school cafeteria manager, Mrs. Frances say “The food we serve to kids are low fats, low sugars and contain certain things that they need. We can’t just cook whatever we want.”
Prevention at a young age is proven to be an effective tool to stop diseases as well as certain behavior. One such example would be the truth anti-smoking campaign which shows the danger of smoking as they really are. If the same thing can be applied to obesity, it could lead to less American dying from their own weight.
Eating healthy is something that many Americans have struggled with. At the Farm to Fork Festival in the heart of California, everyone is welcomed with open arms. There are opportunities to eat healthier at every step and this festival shows people how to do it.
A New York Times article states that Coca Cola is now funding scientists who are saying that the main cause for obesity is that people don’t exercise as much as they should and that it does not have to do with a bad diet. I spoke to some Sacramento residents to get their inputs.
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Girls on the Rise hosted their 2nd Annual Leadership Conference at the Sierra Health Foundation on August 7th, 2015 from 9am to 4pm.
This program is a leadership and service program offered to young women from the ages of 14-18 from the South Sacramento area. Their mission is to create a healthy lifestyle for themselves and their communities. The group participates in political related events, cooking demonstrations, and team up with the Building Healthy Communities Action Team. Throughout the past year, the program secured a garden plot at Oak Park Sol community garden and gave cooking demonstrations utilizing the vegetables, herbs, and fruit that came from their garden
“(Girls on the Rise) is a support education and training group,” says Kristine Lee, a Program Assistant for Girls on the Rise. “We help girls to find the community problems that they are most interested in related to health and community advocacy and help them to disrupt those problems, eliminate them, or just alleviate them.”
This conference was a way to show newcomers and possibly future participants what Girls on the Rise has to offer. It was a free event that included keynote speakers, workshops such as What’s On Your Plate?, Self-Defense, and Cultural Exploration, healthy food, and helpful information.
“This event introduces our work of the year to all the other girls to let them know what nutrition is and the benefits of healthy eating.” said Jo-Lyn Xiong, a Girls on the Rise participant.
To learn more about Girls on the Rise, visit: http://cchwb.org/youth-programs/girls-on-the-rise/
On July 31st, the California Endowment, joined by the Sacramento BHC, held a Systems Change Workshop in the Serna Center, also known as the Sacramento City Unified School District Office. The workshop was aimed to educate participants on the meaning and definition of “systems” and “systems change”. Participants ranged from a variety of backgrounds, from youth development to community engagement.
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Soil Born Farms showcased its American River Ranch during a recent “Tomato Jubilee,” where community members were able to taste a variety of heirloom tomatoes, attend free cooking classes by Chef Rick Mahan and Chef Kurt Spataro, tour the farm, and more. This video highlights the event and takes a closer look into the American River Ranch.
A fresh start means more fresh food and health education from the California Food Literacy Center.
The 501c3 non-profit dedicated to food education has taken part in a rebranding effort to expand the company’s horizons, changing their name to simply “Food Literacy Center” while embracing a new logo design.
“We take a practical, simple approach to food,” says Amber Stott, Executive Director of Food Literacy Center. “Yet, our name was a watermelon mouthful! Folks couldn’t remember all four words, so we decided to shorten it. We chose to remove “California” from our name because folks mistook us for a state agency. As a hardworking 501c3 nonprofit, our fundraising efforts demanded that people not make this mistake–when they hear our name, we want them to think of a deserving nonprofit.”
Food Literacy Center partnered with Honey Agency to bring the updated brand to life. Stott explains the significance of the new look.
“Our new logo is simple: a piece of broccoli. Broccoli is synonymous with healthy eating, and that’s the core of our work. This logo is also playful–the broccoli looks a little like a chef’s hat. This is also core to our approach–we make healthy food fun through cooking and hands-on activities.”
“Our intended impact is to have the name and the image stick. When you see that broccoli symbol, you’ll know it’s Food Literacy Center. When you hear the name of our nonprofit, you won’t forget the words. When people think of a charity doing great work to teach kids about healthy eating, we hope Food Literacy Center is the first place that comes to mind.”
The organization strives to heighten awareness with their rebranding effort and continues to reach out to the community by bringing nutrition education to low-income families.
According to a recent poll sponsored by the California Endowment, two out of three voters believe that beverages with high amounts of sugar should have higher taxes, with proceeds redistributed to healthier school lunches and better physical activity programs.