Food fest makes healthy eating fun

June 3, 2011
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Healthy eating is still fun eating, as the first annual Healthy Mission Hill Food Festival on June 18 will set out to demonstrate.

The fest will showcase healthy food options from such local restaurants as Lilly’s Gourmet Pasta Express, Mama’s Place and Flann O’Briens, along with fresh produce from local farmers. There will also be health information from local medical institutions, live music and children’s activities.

“There are so many alternatives to the unhealthy foods we eat on a regular basis,” said Tatianna Montañez, the health educators coordinator at Sociedad Latina, one of the fest’s organizers, in a press statement. “It just takes a little effort to learn. We wanted to do something that makes it simple for the community.”

“In Mission Hill, I think it’s probably well-known that obesity and diabetes are big health issues,” said Maggie Cohn, executive director of the Mission Hill Health Movement, another fest founder. “[The festival] will let people know it’s not that hard to make some lifestyle changes on diet and start to counter some of these issues that plague us.”

Other festival partners include Mission Hill Main Streets, the Tobin Community Center, Wentworth Institute of Technology and the Mission Hill Community Learning Initiative.

The healthy food fest will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Wentworth parking lot at Parker and Prentiss streets, next to the Mission Main and Alice Taylor Homes housing developments.

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