The Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex is full of food options. New restaurants open every day, and there are dozens of food bloggers and reviewers to let us know what we should try. Friends’ Instagram feeds are full of pictures of their meals, both at restaurants and at home. Clearly, the majority of Texans are eating.
However, we’re not eating the right kinds of food. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 11% of Texans are eating the recommended 1.5 to 2 cups of fruit each day.
The news is worse for vegetables. Only 8% of us are eating two to three cups of vegetables a day, as recommended.*
For some Texans, the reason for lack of fruits and veggies in their diets hasn’t changed over the years – children who didn’t want to eat Brussel sprouts became adults who don’t eat Brussel sprouts. For others, it’s a budget issue. Many people still believe it’s too expensive to buy produce – fresh, frozen, or canned. And still others live in what’s known as a food desert – an area that has limited access to produce.
Whether these are legitimate reasons or just excuses for not staying healthy, one Dallas group says enough is enough. Feed Oak Cliff says it’s time to bring fresh produce to its neighborhood.
The group ‘s inaugural VegFest is Sunday, September 20 in Kiest Park from 11am to 4pm. VegFest is a FREE food and health festival that celebrates healthy living. Methodist Health System’s registered dietician Caroline Susie will be at the event, talking about ways to sneak produce into the most finicky person’s diet. She can also explain how produce doesn’t have to break the bank; giving good examples of ways to buy produce on a budget. Families will be able to buy produce at the event.
Feed Oak Cliff’s mission is to develop awareness of the benefits of a plant-based diet, to motivate people to make positive changes to improve health and to bring awareness of the need for healthier food offerings in Oak Cliff. Methodist Health System is excited to help them reach their goals.
*Source: CDC July 10 report
Stacy Covitz is a Kansas City girl who has called Dallas home for the past four years. She worked as a news producer for more than 10 years before transitioning to healthcare in 2012. She is currently the Assistant Vice President of External Relations at Methodist Health System. Stacy and her Shih Tzu, Maddie, cheer for the Kansas City Royals and Mizzou Tigers from their Uptown home.