The Maine Nutrition Council promotes the mission of its founders – to contribute to the health and well-being of Maine citizens through education, research and advocacy.
MaineGeneral Health, 35 Medical Center Parkway Augusta, ME 04330
Eat for the Health of it! Our 2017 conference will be held at MaineGeneral Health in Augusta on Monday, April 10th. Dr. Saray Stancic will be the keynote speaker. Learn more about her here: http://www.stancichealthandwellness.com/home.html
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Waldo Room, Augusta Civic Center, 76 Community Dr, Augusta, ME 04330 10am
Join the Maine Nutrition Council at the Agricultural Trades Show at the Augusta Civic Center in the Waldo Room on Thursday January 12th at 10am in viewing the film Just Eat It! Followed by discussion.
We all love food. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly 50% of it in the trash?
Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping cold turkey and survive only on foods that would otherwise be thrown away. In a nation where one in 10 people is food insecure, the images they capture of squandered groceries are both shocking and strangely compelling. But as Grant’s addictive personality turns full tilt towards food rescue, the ‘thrill of the find’ has unexpected consequences.
Featuring interviews with TED lecturer, author and activist Tristram Stuart and acclaimed author Jonathan Bloom, Just Eat It looks at our systemic obsession with expiry dates, perfect produce and portion sizes, and reveals the core of this seemingly insignificant issue that is having devastating consequences around the globe. Just Eat It brings farmers, retailers, inspiring organizations, and consumers to the table in a cinematic story that is equal parts education and delicious entertainment.
Watch the trailer: https://vimeo.com/88023628
Our fall educational event took place at St. Mary's Nutrition Center on Bates Street in Lewiston. Rebecca Dugan, the teen nutrition coordinator, gave us a small tour of the facility, showing us some of the classrooms and the food pantry, and then guided us on a short walk to their Blake Street Garden. Rebecca talked to us about some of the great things that have happening with their community gardens as well as some of the challenges involved and things they have done to overcome some of those. Back at the facility she demonstrated a "cooking with kids" lesson and four council members volunteered to help make Butternut Squash Hummus! Rebecca talked about some of the things they've done at the nutrition center to make these lessons easier for the kids to learn, understand, and develop skills greater than just cooking. After taste testing some of the delicious hummus, Paul Drowns talked about his work in the behavioral units at the hospital as well of some of his other work throughout the community, helping adults learn to cook and try new foods. Board members stayed to enjoy lunch made by Paul - kale and brussell sprouts salad and Acorda a Alentejana (Portuguese bread and garlic and coriander soup).
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