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NOLA Food Day will celebrate healthy food systems

New Orleans will host the 2nd Annual Big Easy Satsuma Peel, where residents, community organizers and public officials will peel into 200 satsumas at the same time on Friday, Oct. 24. What better way to celebrate healthy foods and New Orleans local food heritage than to peel into fresh Louisiana satsumas? The peel is at noon at Washington Artillery Park, across from Jackson Square in the French Quarter.

The Big Easy Satsuma Peel is one of many events connected to Food Day, a nationwide celebration that inspires Americans to change their diets and food policies to support healthier, more sustainable food systems. The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a national research and advocacy group, first organized Food Day in 2011, and two years later asked the Tulane Prevention Research Center to help recruit public health interns to support local activities and evaluate the impacts through surveys and evaluation.

"Having the support of a Tulane intern on the ground in Louisiana has truly helped Food Day grow and thrive," said Emily Snyder, national Food Day project coordinator. "Food Day is something we can all celebrate. It’s a great day to make a change in our diets for the better and to help our family and friends to do the same. However each person decides to celebrate Food Day, the key is participation."

This year, Food Day selected Tulane public health senior Isabelle Dunham as an intern throughout the summer and fall to engage with community-based organizations, schools and restaurants about Food Day. “We’re very grateful to Isabelle Dunham for her hard work this year,” Snyder said.

Dunham said she has also been rewarded by the experience of collaborating with a variety of groups. "We live in a city where individuals and organizations are passionate about improving food access and availability; with every event hosted throughout Louisiana, we improve our food system," Dunham said.

Why a “Peel”?
After New York began celebrating Food Day with the Big Apple Crunch, Louisiana Food Day supporters decided to hold a similar event but with a local twist. In partnership with the French Market, the Tulane PRC and Food Day, the Big Easy Satsuma Peel will bring together food activists, local organizations, and community members to create awareness about Food Day and food policy issues in Louisiana.

What are Food Day activities?
In addition to hosting the Big Easy Satsuma Peel on Oct. 24, Food Day festivities in the French Quarter will include hula hooping lessons courtesy of Fit NOLA, live music, a second line parade to the French Market and cooking demonstrations presented by Liberty's Kitchen and The Tulane Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine. For details, visit the French Market calendar. Or check out this YouTube video.
We would like to send a big thank you to the French Market for generously sponsoring and hosting this event!

Other Events:
Smaller scale peels will take place across New Orleans and Louisiana. Students at Tulane University will host a peel on one of the university's Uptown campus quads. Interested in incorporating a satsuma peel event with your Food Day plans, or want to plan an event? Please get in touch with us! Email Naomi Englar, nking2@tulane.edu, or Isabelle Dunham, idunham@tulane.edu, for more information.

Check out a few of the fun events taking place around the state:
On October 24th Sankofa CDC will host a Food Day Fair at ARISE Academy. There will be educational booths that focus on gardening, health, and nutrition.
Crescent City Farmers Market will host Food Day events throughout the week of October 20th-24th at their Uptown, Mid-City, French Market, and Downtown locations. Be sure to check their website for event details!
Acadiana 4th Annual Food Day will take place at the Lafayette Farmers Market on Saturday, October 25th. This event is free and includes educational presentations, a chef demonstration, free children’s activities, live music, a hydroponic garden exhibit and a public Seed Swap! This event is made possible through the organization of Daphne Olivier (My Food Coach) and Michelle MacFadyen (Great Harvest Bread Co.).

For more events, check out the map at www.foodday.org.

(Photo by Tulane PRC Staff: Students from KIPP McDonogh 15 School for the Creative Arts attend the first Big Easy Satsuma Peel in 2013.)

Topics:   diet , nutrition , food environment , food marketing , farmers market , agriculture , policy , community health

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