American diet is not a lost cause! Try a new stew recipe to celebrate Food Day Oct. 24
Henry Ford Health System's new greenhouse a powerful symbol of change
The American diet is not a lost cause, despite our
over-reliance on drive-throughs and so-called “convenience foods,” according to
Rachel Fox, a registered dietitian pursuing her master’s degree in public
health at the University of Michigan while working as an intern with the
Ecology Center’s Healthy Food in Health Care program.
factors came together to create this situation, large and small, from federal
agricultural policy to over-scheduled families trying to get a meal on the
table,” Fox said. But the good news is that individuals, organizations and
institutions are working together not just to eat better, but also to address
broader issues including hunger, nutrition, farm policy, animal welfare and
justice for farm workers.
Many of those groups are coming together to celebrate Food
Day on Oct 24 this year, with the overall goal of
transforming the American diet. Food Day was created by the Center for Science
in the Public Interest, along with more than a hundred other groups, to move
our nation towards “healthy, affordable and sustainable
In our own region, the Henry Ford Health System is doing
its part, making significant efforts to prevent disease as well as treating it
by addressing food issues.
Most recently, the Henry Ford facility in West Bloomfield
dedicated a new greenhouse growing produce hydroponically to provide food for their patients, staff and
visitors. “Producing food is not the only goal though,” Fox said. “It extends
into the arenas of patient care and community education, showing patients and
community members benefits of eating fresh, healthy produce.”
The hospital’s educational programs are reaching out to
school and community groups, as well as patients with diabetes and other issues.
“The greenhouse offers behavioral, relaxation and recreation therapy for
patients,” Fox said,. “It also helps work against chronic diseases in adults
This year, you might want to celebrate Food Day at your own home with
this recipe for an autumn chicken stew that includes seasonal ingredients like
apples, parsnips and carrots or continue to read more about how the health care sector is building momentum and celebrating on Food Day.