Pasadena Public Health Department

Food Day 2013

Did you know..? 

  • Two out of three adults and one out of three children and adolescents in the United States are either overweight or obese.  
  • The annual medical cost for obesity is more than $150 billion, plus another $73 billion in reduced productivity.  
  • The federal budget provides $16 billion annually in farm subsidies, most of which goes to only 10% of the largest industrial farms.  
  • 50 million Americans are “food insecure,” or near hunger.  
  • The average monthly SNAP (food stamp) benefit is $4.30 per person each day.  
  • The average annual income for crop workers is between $10,000 and $12,499 for individuals and between $15,000 and $17,499 for families.   
  • On average, kids in the U.S. get just 3.4 hours of food and nutrition education per year.  


About Food Day  

National Food Day was created to bring people together to raise awareness of food issues and foster healthy change in our eating habits and food systems. It is a day to celebrate healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food.  


Farmers’ Corner at Pasadena Public Health Department  

Since August, City of Pasadena Public Health Department (PPHD) has collaborated with Muir Ranch to host a weekly farm stand (called the “Farmers’ Corner”) on the front patio of PPHD. Every Thursday, from 10 am-12:30 pm, community members, PPHD clients and staff can purchase fresh and low-price California produce grown by Muir Ranch and other regional farms. All proceeds go to Muir Ranch, a program located on a three-acre farm at John Muir High School in Northwest Pasadena.  The program teaches students practical farming and entrepreneurial skills, and makes the connection between soil, food, community, environment, and personal health.   

On Thursday, October 24th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, PPHD will be hosting a large community-wide Food Day celebration, highlighting the Farmers’ Corner. Festivities will include healthy food demonstrations by Network for a Healthy California chefs, free nutrition resources, prizes and games. Healthy holiday beverages will be provided.  

 Food Day Flyer 

This event is brought to you by the Pasadena Public Health Department’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Program, which is funded by the Network for a Healthy California.  For more information on the Nutrition & Physical Activity Program, please visit http://cityofpasadena.net/publichealth/npa/. 


Posted: 10/16/2013 07:50:00 AM
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