Detroit FRESH Healthy Food Fair
Healthy Food Fairs were developed to: 1) connect neighborhood residents with corner stores participating in Detroit FRESH around healthy and fresh foods by offering food demos with products available in the stores, 2) encourage the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables by neighborhood residents by offering interactive activities for adults and youth on nutrition topics, and 3) learn about where neighborhood residents shopped for fresh produce, factors that influenced their decisions, and the role of the neighborhood corner store in their food purchasing decisions.
The fairs are sponsored by SEED Wayne's Healthy Corner Stores Program called Detroit FRESH, and implemented in collaboration with WSU's Pediatrics Prevention Center and Julie Fromm, R.D., of the Mort Harris Recreation Center, Gleaners Community Food Bank, Earthworks Urban Farm, and Eastern Market Corporation.
Two Detroit Healthy Food Fairs were offered August 2011 in partnership with participating stores, A&W Food Store at Mack and Dickerson and Harding Market at Warren and St. Clair. The first was held on August 6, in the middle of a torrential rainstorm which was predicted with a 20% probability of occurring! The second was offered on August 13. The fairs were so successful and well-received that we started to offer them as independent activities, that is, de-coupled from Detroit FRESH--the Healthy Corner Store program.
For pictures of 2012 fairs, click here
In 2013, Healthy Food Fairs were wrapped into a new initiative called Healthy Eats Project. A four-session nutrition education workshop was offered in four senior centers in Midtown, and a similar four-session series was offered three times at the WSU Farmers Market. Additionally, we were invited to offer Healthy Food Fairs in several community locations. For images of and information on Healthy Eats Project, click here.
August 6, 2011 Healthy Food Fair at A&W Food Store
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