Health takes precedence at UW-Green Bay Food Day

Organizers expect 300 for presentations, Expo and farm to table dinner

GREEN BAY – Help promote healthy eating by attending the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s annual Food Day event. The event will be held Wednesday, October 25, 2017 from 1 to 7 p.m. in the Phoenix Room of the Union University. The event is free and open to both the campus and Green Bay community.

Sponsored by the UW-Green Bay student organizations Dietetics Health Fitness Club, the Public and Environmental Affairs Council (PEAC) and Sustainable Local and Organic (SLO), the purpose of Food Day is to educate, spread awareness and motivate the campus and community to support local farmers by choosing more locally sourced whole food through a fun, educational event.

The list of activities at the event is as follows:

  • 1-3 p.m. – Presentations by local businesses, farmers and professors
  • 3-6 p.m. – Food, Health, and Sustainability Expo.
  • 5 p.m. – Free, locally sourced farm to table dinner
  • 6 p.m. – Special guest speaker Polly Dalton, community supported farmer in Stevens Point
  • Desserts and refreshments will also be served at this time

The UW-Green Bay Dietetics Health Fitness club consists of about 100 students who love nutrition and overall health. The annual Food Day is their biggest event, but they do put on others like the Spring Food Fair and the Earth Day Picnic. It is their goal to promote healthy eating and fitness throughout the campus and the Green Bay communities by providing fun and education events.

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UW-Green Bay Celebrates Food Day

Keynote, expo and farm-to-table community dinner is free, open to public

GREEN BAY – The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay welcomes organic farmer and educator Christine Welcher as the keynote speaker for its Food Day Celebration, Monday, Oct. 24 in the Phoenix Room of the University Union, 2420 Nicolet Drive.

The day’s events are sponsored by the UW-Green Bay Dietetics Club, Public and Environmental Affairs Council (PEAC), and Sustainable, Local, Organic (SLO) Food Alliance.

Welcher, a farm manager and educator at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute in East Troy, Wis., will speak about the condition of farming in Wisconsin and how taking chances can lead to great outcomes. Her presentation is from 6 to 7 p.m., following a series of events that are free and open to the public. Welcher brings a passion for food and an understanding of the need to make quality, local, organic food more available and convenient for the average family. Her focus has been on value-added products. A locally sourced dessert and refreshments will be provided at 7 p.m.

Food Day is a nationally celebrated event which promotes healthy and sustainable food as well as improved food policies. October 24 provides a day to focus on solving food-related problems on the local, state and national levels. This annual event involves some of the country’s most prominent food activists, united by a vision of food that is healthy, affordable and produced with care for the environment, farm animals and the people who grow, harvest and serve it.

“The event is to spread awareness, educate and inspire campus and community attendees to move toward locally sourced whole food choices while supporting local farming,” said Alyssa Peters, marketing coordinator for the Dietetics Club.

Welcher’s talk follows a full day of Food Day activities followed by a locally sourced dessert and refreshment social at UW-Green Bay, all of which are free and open to the public. Other events include the following:

  • Presentations by local businesses, farmers and restaurants, 1-3 p.m.
  • Food, Health and Sustainability Expo, 3-6 p.m.
  • Free, farm-to-table community dinner, 5-6 p.m.

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50th Anniversary Cookbook for sale

The UW-Green Bay Dietetics Health and Fitness Club has created a special 50th Anniversary Cookbook, now for sale in The Phoenix Bookstore. The “50 Recipes under 500 Calories for 50 Years,” is $10, and proceeds benefit the Club and its outreach activities. The books will also be for sale in the Cofrin Library Alcove this week (and they mention that it is the perfect Mother’s Day gift).

Author of ‘Dorito Effect’ leads World Food Day discussion at UW-Green Bay

world-food-poster-webThe University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is celebrating World Food Day by hosting an event on October 22 that highlights whole food choices and local farmers in the Green Bay area. All events scheduled throughout the day will take place in the Phoenix Rooms in the University Union on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive.

The keynote speaker for the event is Mark Schatzker who is nationally known for his book, The Dorito Effect. He will discuss the importance of moving from high-processed, chemically-enhanced, and mass-produced foods to consuming foods the way nature intended. His speech will be from 6 to 7 p.m. followed by locally-sourced desserts and refreshments. His talk concludes a full day of activities including:

Panel discussion — Beginning at 1 p.m., a panel of local farmers and restaurant owners will present their stories to UWGB students and faculty and community audience members
Food, Health, and Sustainability Expo — from 3 to 6 p.m.
Farm to table dinner — Beginning at 5 p.m., a free and healthy farm-to-table dinner will be prepared and served by the Dietetics Health and Fitness Club

Many UWGB student organizations are involved in planning, promoting, and creating this event including the Dietetics Health and Fitness Club, Sustainable Local Organic Food Alliance (SLO), the Public and Environmental Affairs Council (PEAC), Campus Kitchens, Healthy Fork, SGA Environmental Affairs, and Student Life. The event is one of many being held throughout the year celebrating UWGB’s 50th Anniversary.

All events are free to campus and community members. For more information about this event, visit the UWGB Food Day Celebration 2015 website or email Caela Stenski, President of the Dietetics Health and Fitness.


National Food Day: Meals, talk by Chives owner on Seven Loaves

UW-Green Bay will host a presentation by a well-known local chef and anti-hunger activist to cap its observance of National Food Day on Thursday, Oct. 24. Chef J.R. Schoenfeld, owner of Chives restaurant in Suamico and founder of the Seven Loaves Project to feed the hungry in Rwanda and beyond, will deliver a keynote address and a cooking demonstration at 6 p.m. in the Phoenix Room. National Food Day is a show of support for healthy, affordable and sustainable food. Events begin first thing in the morning with the “No Waste Community Breakfast” at the Mauthe Center. The remainder of the events take place in the University Union, including a locally sourced, sustainably grown, multi-course meal. Student organizations including the SLO Food Alliance, the Public and Environmental Affairs Council and the Dietetics Club are organizing the meal. Read more.

A new wrinkle for weekly produce sale: ‘meal packs’

The SLO Food Alliance holds its weekly produce sale Wednesday (June 26) from noon to 1 p.m. on the Student Services Plaza. The usual assortment of early crops will be on hand (the last of the spinach, kale, assorted herbs, Bok Choi, Swiss Chard, Daikon, Chinese and cherry radishes, garlic scapes, etc.).

A new twist: SLO FA is partnering with the Nutritional Sciences faculty and the Dietetics Club students who manage the campus hoop house to sell a limited number of “meal packs” to introduce patrons to produce they may not have sampled before.

A meal pack includes fresh featured produce, a recipe, and most of the pre-measured ingredients needed to make a healthy, nutritious meal. Customers just need to supply a few standard ingredients from home. This week, featured meal packs include Pasta and Kale (a box of whole grain pasta, capers, sun-dried tomatoes, a wedge of Parmesan cheese, and fresh kale), Sautéed Kale with Raisins and Hazelnuts, and Cilantro Pesto (a box of whole grain pasta, parmesan cheese, walnuts and a big bunch of fresh cilantro for an interesting variation on the classic basil pesto). Meal pack prices vary, but costs are generally in the range of $1.50/serving. 

Dietetics programs shines at statewide nutrition conference

UW-Green Bay Dietetics programs (undergraduate and internship) were well-represented at the recent Wisconsin Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics annual conference in Stevens Point. Jessica Davidson, a current dietetic intern and UW-Green Bay Human Biology graduate, was recognized as Dietetic Intern of the Year. Caitlin Baker, a Human Biology major with a Nutrition Science emphasis, was recognized as Student of the Year; and Denise Halbach, a Human Biology major with a Nutrition Science emphasis, was awarded the Bernice Mateika Scholarship.

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UWGB students Denise Halbach, Caitlin Baker, Jessica DavidsonStudents helped to give meals to Salvation ArmyStudents helped to give meals to Salvation ArmyStudents helped to give meals to Salvation Army

Additionally, the students in attendance conceptualized and facilitated a plan to reduce food waste during the conference. Led by Dietetics Club Co-President Denise Halbach, students worked with the conference food service management staff and conference attendees to save more than 50 lunch meals that had been pre-plated but were untouched and not consumed by attendees. The students assisted in the boxing and labeling of these meals, as well as coordinated their delivery to the Salvation Army in Stevens Point.

In total, 12 UW-Green Bay dietetic interns and 15 UW-Green Bay undergraduate nutrition students were in attendance at the conference. Dietetic intern and  Human Biology graduate Nate Nitka was a member of the conference planning committee.

Urban farmer, author Will Allen to highlight National Food Day events Oct. 24

UW-Green Bay and The Readers Loft Bookstore are teaming up to celebrate National Food Day Wednesday, Oct. 24, bringing in renowned urban farmer and author Will Allen to keynote an evening address. Allen will speak at 6 p.m. in the Phoenix Room, with the larger Food Day celebration beginning at 4 p.m. and running until 9 p.m. UW-Green Bay’s PEAC, SLO Food Alliance and Dietetics Club will team up to offer a locally sourced, sustainably grown meal from 4:30-5:45 p.m., and various community and campus-based organizations and businesses will be represented at informational tables throughout the event. Allen is the founder and CEO of Growing Power, Inc., and author of The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People and Communities. See our full news release for more details on the day’s events.