Lehman Celebrates National Food Day

October 25, 2011 4:24 pm CUNY Institute for Health Equity, Health Sciences Dept, Wellness Program

Volunteers hand out mango and other fruit to students on National Food Day.

Lehman College participated in National Food Day on October 24, part of a nationwide effort to promote healthier eating habits among Americans of all ages.

Here at Lehman, volunteers from the CUNY Institute for Health Equity and the Department of Health Sciences offered free healthy shakes, nutritional advice, and fitness suggestions in front of Shuster Hall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“If you don’t eat properly, then you’re not really healthy,” says Yurie Harada, a senior majoring in health education who volunteered at the event. “Health starts with eating healthy.”

“The American diet is not what it should be,” said Dr. Marilyn Aguirre-Molina a professor of public health in the department of Health Sciences and the director of the CUNY Institute for Health Equity, which is based at Lehman. “We want to show students that there are healthy choices to be had and that healthy food doesn’t have to be more expensive necessarily.”

Over the summer, a group of Lehman students under Dr. Molina’s direction carried out a survey of the food sold in vending machines around campus. The foods they found—from soda to candy bars to potato chips—are loaded with sodium, sugar, and fat, or some combination of the three. That is something Dr. Molina hopes to change.

There were celebrations in all fifty states, with over 20,000 organized events, according to Food Safety News, a news website. In Queens, Mayor Bloomberg handed out locally grown apples to morning commuters. The Bloomberg administration also launched www.nyc.gov/nycfood, a website that will inform New Yorkers on how to find healthy foods and prepare more nutritious meals.

For more information about healthy eating, visit www.foodday.org.