2011-10-26 / Features

Take A Bite Of The Big Apple

BY KARLA MONTALVO


Mayor Michael Bloomberg mans a free apple stand to promote Food Day, hoping to help New Yorkers maintain a healthy diet. 
Photos Vinny DuPre Mayor Michael Bloomberg mans a free apple stand to promote Food Day, hoping to help New Yorkers maintain a healthy diet. Photos Vinny DuPre October 24 was New York’s first annual Food Day, a new celebration promoting a healthier diet. Food Day started out with the launch of a new Web site www.nyc.gov/html/nycfood. The site features important food and obesity information, different ways to eat healthy, locations where you can find healthy food and much more. Food Day was also honored by the distribution of free apples in five different locations throughout New York.

Participants that helped celebrate Food Day included Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Linda I. Gibbs, Department of Health Commissioner Thomas A. Farley, Human Resources Administration Commissioner Robert Doar, New York Apple Association President Jim Allen and Food Policy Coordinator Kim Kessler.

To help promote Food Day, Bloomberg was on Steinway Street and 34th Avenue early Monday morning with a box full of apples. He stated, “New Yorkers are an opinionated bunch and everyone has a favorite way to celebrate food in our city by enjoying a delicious, healthy meal in one of our many restaurants, shopping for tasty and nutritious fruits and vegetables at a farmers market, or preparing a homecooked meal with friends or family.” He also added, “But I think we should all agree that one easy, affordable and healthy step we can all take today, and every day, is to grab a crisp New York apple. We are the Big Apple after all.”


Bloomberg and James S. Allen, president and CEO of New York Apple Association. discuss the healthy New York apple. Bloomberg and James S. Allen, president and CEO of New York Apple Association. discuss the healthy New York apple. The New York Apple Association donated more than three thousand apples which were distributed at the celebration. Restaurants in New York also participated by preparing dishes that revolve around one main ingredient, apples.

“The city is committed to making New Yorkers increasingly aware of how diet and exercise choices impact health,” Gibbs said. “The new NYC Food Web site, which launched today, is a critical resource that will help everyone find information about city programs and healthy recipes. I especially recommend my submission, a broiled salmon dish.”

Obesity in the United States has been a serious health problem among many Americans. NYC Food offers information to help alleviate this issue.

The Web site has a section where New Yorkers can help each other by submitting their own healthy recipes.

Information about Food Stamps and Health Bucks programs are also available on the Web site. Remember to make healthy choices. Eating fruits and vegetables daily can help reduce the risks of heart disease, cancer and strokes. Besides, how many times have you heard “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”?

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