El Paso Department of Public Health hosts third annual "Food Day"

Saturday, October 26, 2013 - 7:29pm

The El Paso Department of Public Health transformed Union Plaza into a colorful festival Saturday morning, as part of their effort to get El Pasoans living healthier.

On Saturday morning, thousands came to Union Plaza to celebrate healthy eating and exercise at the third annual "Food Day" - a nationwide campaign to get people excited about eating more fruits and vegetables, and buying healthier foods.

"It would be a really great idea to be healthy, you'd live longer," said Sharon Polin.

The event was a family affair, with activities for everyone young and old.

"Breaking down the barriers and obstacles that can keep people from trying to make healthy food choices that are trying to," said Jeff O'Hara from the Union of Concerned Scientists.

From fresh fruits and vegetables like beets, eggplant, and peppers, the farmer's market had something for everyone.

Vendors set up booths with healthy snacks, and there were even cooking demonstrations for people to pick up a few healthy recipes on the way.

"It's the small changes you make now that can greatly impact your life later," said Sarrah Morgan, the event coordinator.

Organizers encouraged attendees to visit the many educational booths, as well.

"I really wanted to show members of the community that we care, the Health Department really does care in the overall quality of life," said Morgan.

Health experts were also on the scene passing on some tips about staying away from junk food.

"First of all, you'd want to stay away from fried food because automatically, that's probably going to double the calories that normally would be on a plate. Second of all, you want to watch out for sauces, like salad dressing and always ask for those on the side because those have a lot of fat," said dietician, Bridgette Swiney.

For more information on the programs and services offered by the Department of Public Health, visit http://www.EPHealth.com

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