NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Today is National Food Day and Yale University held a fun and interactive event to celebrate food and a healthy lifestyle. Food Day focused on teaching kids about food.
Hundreds of people came to the Yale Campus to not only learn about food but to taste it as well. There were four different soups to try – including a tortilla soup – as well as pasta.
“We want to get everybody to reflect, to eat some great food, to appreciate the role that food plays in their lives,” said Dr. David Katz, Director of the Yale Prevention Research Center. “I think the more people are thoughtful about food the more we can take control.”
Organizers focused on what they call the Four Pillars of Food – that food should be delicious, nutritious, sustainable and viewed as fuel for the human body. The event emphasized a diet low on meats and high on plant-based foods.
“Plant-based foods are great for a number of reasons,” said Ron DeSantis, Director of Culinary Excellence at Yale. “Number one, they look great – a lot of textures, a lot of colors. Wonderful flavors in them. You can do anything you want with them.”
The event also included music and dancing to encourage kids and adults to move more and to have fun doing it.