Welcome to the City of New Orleans! While we have not always been the mecca for healthy food and drink, there is a group of non profits that are trying to make a difference. Healthy food and smart eating may just become a new thing here in the Big Easy.
Marianne Cufone, of the New Orleans based, Recirculating Farms Coalition: www.recirculatingfarms.org
Sanjay Kharod, of the New Orleans Food and Farm Network: www.noffn.org
Why the heck should I want the city to 'get a green change' and start to care about what the people are eating? Well, I would like to break this to you: while you may come here to eat and have fabulous food and drink, we are the residents of this area and know that perhaps we should not be eating this exquisite food day to day. However, the city residents have significant health issues and perhaps the time has come to start including healthy choices daily.
The two non profits have joined together in building an Urban Food and Farm Center in the downtown New Orleans area. The new Center will showcase various methods of urban farming, host farming and gardening classes, farm to table cooking classes, community events, a new farmers market, provide programs for youth, families and seniors and support urban farmers through various projects and policy initiatives. The Center will be a hub for healthy eating and lifestyles in the area.
So, if you are eating healthy at home and wish to visit the city and indulge, come on. If you wish to take some of the ideas of the project home with you after your vacation and start something in your neck of the woods, ask the project for tips.
Healthy eating is not going away, it is main stream.
If you need help making lifestyle or healthy eating choices, you may also contact me on my website: www.outoftheboxhealthcare.com
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