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Pima County Master Gardeners work with the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Cooperative Extension.  Master Gardeners are a dedicated group of volunteers who maintain a variety of dynamic and unique gardens that demonstrate best growing practices for Tucson and Pima County.  They are committed to extending the research of the University by actively sharing their knowledge in the community.

As part of the UA Food Day Main Event from Noon-1 PM the Master Gardeners will be presenting How to Grow Vegetables in Containers.  Join us to get ready to start your fall vegetable garden.

They will be teaming up with UA Student Union’s Executive Chef Michael Omo who will perform a cooking demonstration.

The Master Gardeners will be available to answer any questions you may have after the presentation. Visit the Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners’ table during the event for information about growing vegetables and fruits.

You won’t want to miss it!

For gardening questions call the Plant Clinic at 520-626-5161 (Open Mon-Fri. 8:30 AM-4:30 PM).

Like them on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/pimamastergardeners.

palmoil1 The Palm Oil Initiative is a group of students and faculty united under the drive to educate the public on palm oil, an ingredient found in a significant portion of food and toiletry items which carries with it a slew of personal health, human rights, and environmental costs.

According to the Rainforest Action Network, “In rain forests half a world away from the United States, orangutans are making their last stand for survival. Scientists warn that these gentle and intelligent animals, among humankind’s closest kin, could become extinct within our lifetime if their rainforest homes continue to be destroyed for palm oil plantations. And the primary threat to these animals is much closer to you than you might think: It’s hidden in the snack food aisle of your local grocery store, and likely in your own shopping cart”…in fact it’s in 52% of EVERYTHING in American Stores.

Food Day at the University of Arizona offers an opportunity to ask students questions about what they’re eating.  The Palm Oil Awareness Initiative will be offering information regarding foods that contain palm oil, some alternative food items, as well as interactive games that will provide facts regarding the implications of consumption.  Informational posters will be provided including topics such as endangered species, human rights, personal health, climate change, and what you can do!

For more information visit  www.whatispalmoil.weebly.com

Like or contact on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/palmoilawarenessinitiative


Do you have a vision of healthy, sustainable, and affordable food available on the University of Arizona (UA) campus? Are you interested in promoting better foods for all of us? If so, join us!

With your help our campus will have a strong voice.

What is Food Day?

Food Day is a national, grassroots movement toward improving access to healthy, affordable, and sustainable food created by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. In 2011, over 2300 events took place across the country, engaging tens of thousands of Americans in education and civic activism. Food Day has the ultimate goal of strengthening and unifying the food movement and improving food policies by encompassing hunger, nutrition, agriculture policy, animal welfare, and farm-worker justice.

Our campus plays a strong role in this movement. Many departments are working hard to promote healthy, sustainable and affordable food at the UA. By joining together with a shared vision on October 22nd  we will promote real food and inspire students, faculty and community members.

What are we doing at the UA?

From the top down, the UA promotes healthy and sustainable living. That’s why we are celebrating with a giant Food Day Fair on Wednesday, October 22nd. We hope that this showcase event motivates and inspires us all to do even more to improve food on our campus and in our Tucson community.

How can you get involved?

If you are interested in learning more, please contact us. You might be interested in promoting your club or program at the UA Food Day Fair. Or perhaps you want to volunteer to help organize campus events. You may just want to stay tuned in so that you can attend our awesome Food Day Fair on October 24th. For more information, please contact:

Sarah Rokuski, RD
UA Food Day Coordinator

Don’t forget to stay in the loop by following this blog on email (see sidebar). UAFoodDay.com will be your go-to resource for information about the UA Food Day Fair.

Celebrate, Educate, and Promote. Be Inspired By Food!

food-meet-landingMark your calendar!

Food Day 2014 is Wednesday, October 22nd, 10-2 pm on the UA Mall.

The University of Arizona Food Day Committee is made up of representatives from across our campus who are passionate about food. We care about health and the environment and are excited to begin planning activities and events that inspire our campus to eat real.

Food Day’s national priorities address problems within the food system and provide common ground for building the food movement. Food Day is all about:

WellUThe  Well University Partnership (Well U) has brought Food Day to the UA campus for the past 2 years. It is the work of Well U members that make this deliciously fun event possible! Let’s find out what is happening in the Well U.

The Well U is proud to put on this event and to be a sponsor of the 2014 Food Day. Look for the Well U table for more information about this important group and how you can impact the health and well-being of the UA community!

What is the Well University Partnership?
Students, faculty, appointed professionals and staff coming together to help make a difference in the health of our UA community.

What is the Well U’s purpose?
The Well U is committed to creating, supporting, and sustaining individual health and well-being, developing responsive and productive work environments, and fostering a supportive wellness culture within the University of Arizona community.

Who are the UA Partners?

Appointed Professional Advisory Council (APAC)
Arizona  Dining Services
Campus Health Services
Campus Recreation
Center for Physical Activity and Nutrition (CPAN)
Department of Nutritional Sciences
UA Life & Work Connections (LWC)
Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health (MEZCOPH)
Office of Sustainability
Parking and Transportation
Residence Life
Staff Advisory Council (SAC)
Student Health Advocacy Committee (SHAC)

Well U Initiatives for 2014-2015

Smart Moves: a university-wide campaign to identify the healthier choice, whether it’s food choices in UA restaurants, taking the stairs, drinking more water….at the point of decision, make it a Smart Move! Look for a Smart Move icon to help direct your choices for menu items at UA restaurants this fall.

Tobacco-Free Campus: With the Student Health Advisory Committee leading the way, the Well U is behind passing a policy to make the UA campus tobacco free.


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