MomsRising FoodPower Conference
During my usual internet perusings on Friday, I came across a flyer for a conference discussing reversing child hood obesity for children.
I was intrigued! I went, I signed up, was kinda stunned that it was free and since I didn’t know much about MomsRising I did a little research. They seemed legit so I decided to go.
I am so happy I did.
I think we are all quite aware of the junk that is being put out there for us to consume.This conference was designed to bring a light to methods in which we can stop giving junk to our kids, while teaching them better ways to eat. The obesity epidemic in children is so disturbing but it can be prevented by starting with healthy eating habits.
The conference opened with Michelle Obama giving us a very personalized message detailing her support for the cause. (First Our President at Blogher’12 Now I get Michelle?!) Awesome.
Lack Of Nutrition In The Hood
Next we got into the real nitty gritty. We had several speakers including a fellow mom blogger tell their stories of how hard it is–especially in inner city–to get a hold of nutritious foods.
I realized that their story is very familiar to me. In my neighborhood you can find a bodega (or two) on every corner, and healthy foods are pretty limited. We have several Caribbean markets and normal supermarkets, but when it comes to farmers markets or organically grown items, I usually have to shop in the city and lug everything home on the train. That is just not right.
Looking back, I realize that I had horrible eating habits in high school. Since we had several bodegas where we hung out everyday we always traded food. Usually it was donuts, cookies, cake, chips (LOTS of chips) and hoagie sandwiches. We ate a LOT of terrible food for all three meals, there was nobody in high school eating an apple.
It was “cool” to hang out in McDonald’s, it was even cooler to go “get a slice”. My then boyfriend, now husband, used to use the $10 my mom gave me everyday and get 2 extra value meals from Burger King. $9.67 everyday for two #1’s. This wasn’t once in a while, it was everyday.
So hearing these women talk about, the lack of good food available in the inner city was an eye opener and made me really take a second look at my surroundings. I have a Chinese food restaurant on almost every other corner, my local bodega is filled to the prim with sugary, processed, and high fat foods. There isn’t a decent selection of fresh veggies at my local super market so I often buy the bagged salads. The closest Trader Joe’s is miles and miles away and since I don’t drive, I go there maybe once a month.
This is a very real situation, I wouldn’t want my kids to have the same terrible eating habits that I did, looking back now–I could have been eating a much better diet–which probably would have had an effect on my very early body development.
After that discussion, there was a great spread of food! I totally didn’t realize that lunch was going to be served, and I had eaten a bit before the conference, so I grabbed a bit to eat. The spread however, was lovely:
That pork tenderloin was SO GOOD that I am making some this week!
Back to the conference: Next up we had a presentation of Soul Food Junkie, a documentary by Byron Hurt. Which was outstanding, (and will be reviewed in a separate post) The Filmmaker was there in person to answer questions and have conversations with attendees.
Stay tuned for Part 2 where I recap the session I attended on Marketing Junk Food to Our Children!
Did you have have super healthy food habits growing up?
Did you change your diet once you had children?
Have you ever heard of/worked with MomsRising?