Weeklong Elgin event promotes healthy eating
By Denise Moran For The Courier-News October 19, 2012 4:48PM
The second annual Food Day 2012 in Elgin will offer area residents a week of free activities designed to celebrate the transition back to sustainable, organic and affordable food that is grown, harvested and prepared locally.
Updated: November 23, 2012 6:11AM
ELGIN — The second annual Food Day 2012 in Elgin will offer area residents a week of free activities designed to celebrate the transition back to sustainable, organic and affordable food that is grown, harvested and prepared locally.
The first national Food Day in 2011 was spearheaded by the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest. Its goals are to promote safer, healthier diets; support sustainable and organic farms; reduce hunger; reduce factory farms in order to protect the environment; and support fair working conditions for food and farm workers.
According to Food Day officials, “agricultural practices are responsible for 70 percent of all pollution in America’s rivers and streams. Farm workers are regularly exposed to chemical pesticides that have been linked to birth defects, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, cancer and reproductive problems. Children need to eat healthier foods because 80 percent do not get the recommended five or more servings of fruit or vegetables each day.”
Food Day this year in Elgin is being presented by Elgin Green Drinks & Food Transition Group. It is being sponsored by Simple Balance Holistic Center, 221 East Chicago Street in Elgin, and the Elgin Downtown Neighborhood Association.
The Food Day event will kick off on Sunday at the Hemmens Auditorium. Simple Balance will have a table there supporting Elgin’s Crop Walk for Hunger, which begins at 2 p.m. Attendees who donate 10 food items for the Feeding Greater Elgin food bank will get a Bioenergetic Synchronization Technique session at Simple Balance.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24, the Food Day Lunch Time Farmers Market will be held in the DuPage Courtyard on South Grove Street in downtown Elgin. There will be 10 local food farmers, food purveyors, and sustainable food information. Elgin Mayor Dave Kaptain will read the Food Day proclamation at 1 p.m.
Simple Balance also will be at Sherman Hospital in Elgin on Wednesday to offer healthy Food Day recipes at each of the food stations in the hospital’s cafeteria.
People who come to Gail Borden Public Library from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25, will learn about sustainable food and nutrition. They also can spin the wheel to win prizes.
Dr. Jaena Stanley-Gonzaga and Kathleen Haerr, partners at Simple Balance, will offer a presentation on sustainable food and well-being from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26, at the center on Chicago Street. They will also show a movie titled “Ingredients.”
Simple Balance will have a table promoting sustainable food from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, for the Halloween Family Fun Fair at Elgin’s Recreation Center, 100 Symphony Way.
They will also have a Food Day booth from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday night during “Nightmare on Chicago Street.” According to Haerr, there will be Zombie farmers, information about the new Elgin Food Co-op Store, and a chance to create a piece of Food Art that depicts toxic food. There will be a raffle for a local free range turkey, nutritional assessment, and other items.
For more information, contact Haerr at Simple Balance Holistic Center at (847) 909-5142; Kathleen@localgreenconnect.com or www.foodday.weebly.com.