The Morris County Park Commission will be hosting the first-ever Food Culture Revolution Day on Saturday, May 19, to promote healthy eating habits and raise awareness of diet-related diseases.
The event is in conjunction with the Jamie Oliver Foundation's Food Revolution Day, which will have people from all over the world participating in different types of celebrations. People across the globe in schools, businesses, and restaurants will take part in this initiative to raise money for food education programs and spread awareness about food-related problems.
The Morris County Park Commission will celebrate this day in Morris Township at from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a variety of fitness and health related activities going on throughout the day, and guests are invited to attend this free event and participate in as many as they'd like.
According to the Food Revolution Day Web site, at least 2.8 million adults die each year from being overweight or obese, and 42 million children under five are already obese. Morris Township is one of many communities around the world working to spread awareness to help bring those numbers down.
"I think that there's a real problem in the country right now, and I think there's a simple solution," said Melanie Bump of the Morris County Park Commission. "I hope this inspires more people to take what they're eating and how they live their lives more seriously."
There will be many opportunities throughout the day at Fosterfields for people to learn how to stay fit and live a healthy life. At the top of every hour, there will be lectures, exercise programs, and cooking demonstrations.
Some of the lectures will be given by Doctor Christopher Bump of Integrated Healthcare, who will speak about important health topics such as Genetically Modified Organisms and childhood obesity awareness, and a farmer from Fosterfields who will talk about the history of dairy farming and its association with Fosterfields.
Guests will have the chance to burn some calories in several events such as going on nature walks, participating in 20 minute exercise routines, and taking Charleston Dance lessons. Bump said that these activities are designed for both adults and children to enjoy.
In addition to the information and workout sessions, there will be demonstrations and cooking tutorials on different cooking topics. These events rotate every hour.
Food Revolution has a map on its homepage of all of the different types of Food Revolution Days going on, and so far there are over 200 cities in more than 25 countries across the globe.
According to the map, Morris Township is only one of two towns in New Jersey participating in a public event as of May 1. The other town is Wanaque, and their event is called Superfoods Celebration.