Food Day 2015 Celebration at Yale University Oct. 24

 In Turn The Tide Foundation

Every October 24th, thousands of events all around the country bring Americans together to celebrate and enjoy real food and to raise public awareness for improved food policies. This year, the theme for Food Day was “Toward a Greener Diet.”

Turn the Tide Foundation was pleased to sponsor the first Food Day celebration at Yale University. With a particular focus on youth and the contagious pleasure of dance, the Yale Food Day event entitled The Four Pillars of Food celebrated taste, health, sustainability and vitality: (1) taste- food should be delicious, and a source of pleasure- we should LOVE the food that loves us back!; (2) health- food should be nutritious, and as good for us as it is good; (3) sustainability- our ability to produce food should be secured with minimal harm to land, water, air, fragile ecosystems, and our fellow species; and (4) vitality- food is the fuel that animal bodies, including the human animal, should burn in vital activity.

The Four Pillars of Food featured a fabulous, audience-participation hip-hop dance program with the lead dancer from Turn the Tide Foundation’s UnJunk Yourself music video series and performances from the 2015 United States Acrobatic and Dance Team and Miss Dance USA under the direction of Sean Flanagan,President of the US Tournament of Dance.

In addition to Turn the Tide’s founder, Dr. David Katz as host, the event included the culinary expertise of Certified Master Chef Ron DeSantis, Director of Culinary Excellence for Yale Hospitality, Rafi Taherian, Associate Vice President of Yale Hospitality, Chef Bun Lai, owner of Miya’s in New Haven, the first sustainable sushi restaurant in the world; Catherine Katz, PhD, founder of; Mark Bomford, Director of the Yale Sustainable Food Program; and best-selling author and wellness journalist Candice Kumai!

Dr. David L. Katz
DAVID L. KATZ MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, FACLM, is the founding director (1998) of Yale University's Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center, and current President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. He earned his BA degree from Dartmouth College (1984); his MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (1988); and his MPH from the Yale University School of Public Health (1993). He completed sequential residency training in Internal Medicine, and Preventive Medicine/Public Health. He is a two-time diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and a board-certified specialist in Preventive Medicine/Public Health. He has received two Honorary Doctorates. Dr. Katz has published roughly 200 scientific articles and textbook chapters, and 15 books to date, including multiple editions of leading textbooks in both Preventive Medicine, and nutrition. Recognized globally for expertise in nutrition, weight management and the prevention of chronic disease, he has a social media following of well over half a million. In 2015, Dr. Katz established the True Health Initiative to help convert what we know about lifestyle as medicine into what we do about it, in the service of adding years to lives and life to years around the globe.
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