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Healthy Options in Lynn 6/4

Lynn Youth Health Alliance

Healthy Market Options

This is an initiative from the Lynn Food and Fitness Alliance that works with local convenient store owners to make healthy, affordable food and drinks available to customers.

Come learn about our Healthy Market Initiative, there will be free healthy food, raffles, and information Tables!Read more

SCI Partners Join in Food Day Events

Health proponents and food activists across the US are celebrating Food Day 2014, an initiative of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). For the fourth consecutive year, Food Day (officially celebrated on October 24th) unites people of all backgrounds and geographical locations in a common cause: "to celebrate and enjoy real food and to push for improved food policies."

In Chelsea, our partners at Healthy Chelsea have been offering programming all month leading up to the momentous day. Through gardening workshops, shopping tours of Market Basket, and taste tests and demonstrations in Chelsea's Public Schools, Healthy Chelsea has taken a multifaceted approach, addressing several of the factors that contribute to health and wellness in the community. They have also engaged in a social media campaign to encourage healthy eaters to document and share pictures of meals that feature nutrient-rich "real food."
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Pairing Good Food, Wine and Conversation

The Group getting food at the Wine PairingFood is a great way to bring people together, and enjoying some good wine along with the food doesn't hurt conversation either! We definitely put together the ingredients for a fun event last night at the Griffin Museum in Winchester.  Read more

In Defense of Food--and Community

Volunteers at a local community farm

My interest in cooking (and eating) led me to read In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan, yet I was struck by how some of the societal factors that require food to be defended also contribute to the declining social capital we address here at SCI.

Pollan's basic plot, picking up where he left off in The Omnivore's Dilemma, argues that many of the poor health outcomes we see in the U.S. today result from the Western diet with its reliance on processed food, meat and dairy produced in disconcerting ways, and a limited range of grains. He suggests the link between the "food industrial complex" and nutritionists' quest for a single food factor, be it fat or carbs, that explains health also drives a frequent rollout of new fad diets and food products that at best haven't made us any better off.
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