Huntsville, Ala. ---- The Alabama A&M University campus will be the site of an important workshop on “Local Foods, Healthy Eating and Living” Thursday, July 18, in the auditorium of the Dawson Building at 9 a.m.
Hosted by AAMU’s Department of Community and Regional Planning, the free, three-hour workshop is open to the public. Organizers are especially targeting
the academic community, faith-based community groups and the Huntsville/Madison County vicinity. Others interested in sustainable community food security and healthy living also are encouraged to attend, according to Dr. Chukudi V. Izeogu, one of the event coordinators.
“This workshop will focus on three primary areas,” notes the professor. “First, it will emphasize the importance of locally grown food because of its freshness. Then, and equally important, it will stress the key role of adequate food preparation and its impact on proper nutrition.” Finally, adds Izeogu, the workshop will deal with the necessity of fitness.
Thus, among the slated and expanded topics are planning community and home gardens for food security; local food preparation for healthy living; maintaining good health and fitness, and much more, claims Izeogu who, with co-facilitator Russell Fricano, pulls together an impressive team of presenters.
The five-person team includes (alphabetically): Larry Fleming, founder/director, Little Foods/Restaurant in Corinth, Maine; Jon Howell of the AAMU Health and Wellness Center; Lee McBride, local foods coordinator, Food Bank of North Alabama, Huntsville, Ala.; Raja Samina, professor, State University of New York at Buffalo, N.Y.; and Forest Wilson, founder/director, Chef Will the Palate Restaurant in Huntsville, Ala.
Many poor people, according to Izeogu, live in “food deserts” and only get their foods from mom-and-pop or large discount stores that depend heavily on food preservation. The workshop will delve into alternatives and heavily encourage support of farmers markets that sell locally produced fruits and vegetables.
For more information about the upcoming workshop, contact Dr. Chukudi V. Izeogu at (256) 372-4990, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Dr. Russell Fricano at (256) 372-4995, Russell.email@example.com.
- Jerome Saintjones