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Happy Food Day: Share Your Healthy Recipes

The first national food day aims to promote healthy foods, expand fresh-food access and support local agriculture. Celebrate by sharing your healthiest recipes.

Here, at last, is a national campaign centered around something everyone can enjoy — FOOD.

But with two-thirds of American adults and one-third of children being overweight or obese, it seems that food is already enjoyed perhaps too much in the U.S. So, the government declared Oct. 24 to be Food Day — but with a stipulation that it's healthy, local food we're celebrating, not burgers, fries and donuts.

Although junk food is always somewhere nearby, Berkeley happens to have a rich culture of healthy food to help balance the scales. 

Berkeley Patch wants to know what your tips, tricks and tastes are for healthy, affordable meals.

What's your go-to healthy snack? Have you perfected a nutritious recipe that's relatively cheap to make? Do you have a delicious secret or tasty tip to share? Let us know in the comments or email a recipe to berkeley@patch.com.

UC Berkeley is spearheading the local events honoring Food Day, so pack a lunch and take a trip to campus for the following:

The Local Produce Stand, Sproul Plaza

Stop by this weekly local produce stand between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. before heading to the picnic for your fruit and veggie fix as well as a whole grain “Ufta” bread sample from the in honor of Food Day.

Make Your Own Hot Sandwich

Stop by the  for a hot sandwich, created by you, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Food Day BYO Lunch Picnic

Bring your own lunch and join the picnic from noon to 1:30 p.m. on the Campanile Lawn (between the Campanile and South Hall) with Lilia Smelkova, Food Day Campaign Manager, CSPI, Michele Simon, public health lawyer and food activist, and Cal Golden Overtones.

At the Food Day BYO Lunch Picnic:

WalkGreen with the Health*Matters Walking Group

Meet at the Campanile at 12:10 p.m. and take a green stroll to The Local on Sproul Plaza, stop over at the , and then back to the Campanile for the BYO picnic. There is no registration required.

Cal Dining Mini Sustainable Food and Vendor Showcase

From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Crossroads Dining Hall, Cal Dining will be showcasing their sustainable foods and the vendors they work with to bring Cal students organic, humane, and sustainable choices. 

Edible Occupation 101: Careers in Sustainable Food and Agriculture

, Agrariana and the (BSFC) present an evening with young voices sharing how you can start a career in sustainable food and agriculture.

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