Food Day 2014: Pledge to Eat Healthier

America’s food system contributes to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems, and promotes environmental degradation, unfair working conditions, and animal cruelty. Those problems cost Americans more than $150 billion per year.

Disease Statistics in Hispanic Community

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the number one killer for all Americans and stroke is the fourth leading cause of death. Hispanics and Latinos face even higher risks of cardiovascular diseases because of high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, 12.8% of Hispanics have diabetes, compared to 7.6% of non-Hispanic Whites.

With America’s resources, there’s no excuse for hunger, diet-related diseases, low wages for food and farm workers, or inhumane conditions for farm animals!

Change Your Diet, Improve Your Community

Food Day inspires Americans to change their diets for the better and to improve our food policies. Every October 24, thousands of events all around the country bring Americans together to celebrate and enjoy real food and to take action to solve food-related problems in our communities at the local, state, and national level.

Salud de Paloma’s mission is to help families eat healthy foods and prevent chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and heart problems, while creating job opportunities for individuals seeking employment in the farm-to-table industry.

“We offer an affordable selection of extra virgin olive oils, with a focus on the Latino community, which is increasingly at greater risk for chronic illnesses – mostly due to lack of access to healthy food,” said Rosa Rios Valdez, president and co-founder of Salud de Paloma.

How can you get involved? Use October 24 to start eating a healthier diet and put your family’s diet on track. Ask your employer to use Food Day to announce a wellness policy or to participate in a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program. Visit to see what’s already happening in your community, and get in on the conversation on social media.

Other tips to spread the word and get involved:

  • Twitter: Follow @FoodDay2014 and use the #FoodDay2014 hashtag
  • Facebook: Find, “Like,” and “Share” Food Day
  • Find out what’s already going on in your community

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