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Food Day at UNH Emphasizes Health, Sustainable, Affordable Food

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10/19/2012 12:00 AM
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Oct. 18, 2012

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WEST HAVEN, CONN --- The University of New Haven will celebrate Food Day on Wednesday, Oct. 24, with a panel discussion and movie.

The UNH Food Day, sponsored by the Health and Wellness Living Learning Community and the Nutrition and Dietetics Club, is part of a national celebration aimed to call attention to healthy, affordable and sustainable food.  Nationally the event is sponsored by the Center for the Science in Public Interest (CSPI).

The UNH panel will take place at 12:30 p.m. in the Alumni Lounge in Bartels Hall, the student center.  Experts will include:

-        Bill Duesing, executive director of the Connecticut Chapter of Northeast Organic Farming Association;

-        Jacqueline O'Hanlon, marketing specialist, Sodexo Food Service;

-        Rebecca Kline, ccommunications  and garden manager at the Fair Haven Community Health Center in New Haven;

-        Cara Donovan, outreach coordinator, City Seed  and New Haven Food Policy Council; and    

-        Christine Solimini-Swift, community health promotion specialist, Cornell Scott Hill Health Center in New Haven.

The movie, “Fresh,” will be shown at 1:30 p.m.  “Fresh” is a documentary featuring Michael Pollan, the author of “The Omnivore's Dilemma.”  The movie celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people responsible for the country’s food supply.  Additional information about the documentary can be found at: http://www.freshthemovie.com/?key=27927191

Food Day at UNH also will include informational tables for students in Bartels Hall. Dining facilities on campus will feature many locally grown foods on Food Day.

Food Day was created by CSPI and takes place annually on Oct. 24 to address issues as varied as health and nutrition, hunger, agricultural policy, animal welfare, and farm worker justice. The ultimate goal of Food Day is to strengthen and unify the food movement in order to improve our nation’s food policies, according to the CSPI website.

The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in experiential education. Founded in 1920 on the campus of Yale University in cooperation with Northeastern University, UNH moved to its current West Haven campus in 1960. The University provides its students with a unique combination of a solid liberal arts education and real-world, hands-on career and research opportunities. UNH enrolls approximately 6,400 students, including nearly 1,800 graduate students and more than 4,600 undergraduates – the majority of whom reside in University housing. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, Tagliatela College of Engineering, and College of Lifelong & eLearning, UNH offers 75 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. UNH students have access to more than 50 study abroad programs worldwide and its student-athletes compete in 16 varsity sports in the NCAA Division II’s highly competitive Northeast-10 Conference.