Cortlandt Manor, NY - (October 23, 2012) – Eat Real. That’s the message of a national day that encourages people to eat healthier and support sustainable and organic foods. Today, Oct. 24 is National Food Day. Thousands of Americans will gather in schools, college campuses, farmers markets, City Halls, and state capitals to join the movement for healthy, affordable, sustainable food.
Hudson Valley Hospital Center in partnership with Hilltop Hanover Farms of Yorktown will participate in Food Day by holding a mini-farmer’s market in the Hospital cafeteria and an action station featuring seasonal and local foods. The Hospital’s participation in Food Day is in keeping with its Harvest for Health initiative which encourages healthy eating to fight obesity and chronic diseases like diabetes and hypertension. As part of Harvest for Health, the Hospital created an organic demonstration garden to educate patients about healthy eating and holds a monthly Farmer’s Market featuring local farms and organic foods. The next two markets are being held on October 30 and November 20.
“The message of Food Day is a simple one,’’ said Jennifer Fell, RD, CDN, Director of Food and Nutrition. “Eat seasonal, local foods whenever possible. Avoid processed foods, foods with additives, hormones and antibiotics. By doing these things you can improve your health and protect the environment.’’
National Food Day was started by the Center for Science in the Public Interest last year and has since been adopted by a diverse coalition of food movement leaders.
Hudson Valley Hospital Center and the Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Cancer Center are dedicated to serving the health care needs of the community and to providing quality, comprehensive medical care in a compassionate, professional, respectful manner, without regard to race, religion, national origin or disease category. Offering state-of-the-art diagnostic treatment, education and preventive services, the Hospital is committed to improving the quality of life in the community. In fulfilling this mission, the Hospital will strive to continuously improve the care provided and develop and offer programs, facilities, systems and alliances that most effectively respond to community health care needs. Hudson Valley Hospital Center is located on Route 202 (1980 Crompond Road) in Cortlandt Manor, New York. Call 914-737-9000 or visit www.hvhc.org The Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Cancer Center is located at 1978 Crompond Road, Cortlandt Manor, New York. Call 293-8400 or visit www.hvhc.org.