Live.Life.Healthy Celebrates Food Day 2015

LLH Food Day '15 Farmer's MktStudents Spread the Message About Eating Healthy, Buying Locally Grown Produce and the Benefits of Meatless Mondays!

The Live.Life.Healthy (LLH) students at Winter Park High School held a successful Food Day on October 21st! Food Day is part of a national movement to educate and lead Americans to change their diets and our Country’s food policies. This year, the theme of Food Day was “Toward a Greener Diet.” A missive posted on the Food Day website states, “The typical American diet is contributing to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems. Those problems cost Americans more than $150 billion per year. Plus, a meat-heavy diet takes a terrible toll on the environment. Eating Real can save your own health and put our food system on a more humane, sustainable path. With America’s resources, there’s no excuse for hunger, low wages for food and farm workers, or inhumane conditions for farm animals.”

Working off of that theme, LLH students researched, set up and manned stations including:LLH Food Day '15 Meatless Monday

  • Impact of American agriculture practices on climate change and information on the “Meatless Monday” movement (plus meals to sample);
  • Benefits of grass-fed beef & chicken, and the difference between organic and natural meat;
  • An “Herban” Garden demonstration on how to plant herbs in grow boxes;
  • 5 practical and affordable ways to “Eat Real on a Budget;”
  • Facts about the American diet and damaging effects of soda in the body;
  • Good health & nutrition habits including a smoothie recipe, how to read a nutrition label and reminder to limit eating foods with ingredients you can’t pronounce;
  • Healthy snacks and meals such as hummus, 3-ingredient no-bake pumpkin cookies, pizzas, trail mix, grass-fed beef tacos and smoothies; and,
  • A mini-farmer’s market using locally grown produce from Long & Scott Farms in Apopka.

Food Day '15 Herban GardenA special guest, Fannie Brown of the Florida Department of Agriculture’s Fresh from Florida Program, toured the stations and spoke with LLH and other WPHS students.

Now in its 4th year, the positive effects of the LLH campaign are being seen. A student was asked why he was interested in creating his own trail mix. He replied that he likes to eat it and makes it for himself at home. When further asked if he made it at home before sampling it during a LLH event, he replied “No. I learned about it here.”