Healthy Choices

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September 6, 2013
Free food literacy fair at Midtown Farmers Market on Saturday

Taste food samples, shop for produce, view an art show, meet local chefs and take advantage of free health screenings Saturday at the free food literacy fair at the Midtown Farmers Market.
Assemblyman Roger Dickinson will be on hand to welcome attendees to the fair, held at the farmers market at 2020 J Street. A resolution by Dickinson has designated September "Food Literacy Awareness" month in California.
A highlight of the event will be the announcement of which of five vegetables won Capitol Heights Academy's "Veggie of the Year" award. Academy students from kindergarten through fifth grade taste-tested and judged sweet potatoes, tomatoes, beets, avocados and kale in a competition this week. Top chefs from the Sacramento region helped present the vegetables, with the California Food Literacy Center educating the students about fresh produce.
The fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with announcements beginning at 10:30 a.m. Included will be a colorful "March of the Veggies," a parade of delectable costumes.

September 3, 2013
Free give-away of emergency kits in Natomas on Saturday

This Saturday, free emergency home kits will be available for the first 400 households who go to pick them up at the Celebrate Natomas Community Festival.

The its, given out by Hands On Sacramento and the Allstate Foundation, will include handy items such as flashlights, hand-crank radios, water bottles and backpacks.

The kits will be available on a first-come, first served basis on Saturday, Sept. 7, at the festival, which begins at noon and ends at 5 p.m.

The festival at South Natomas Community Park, 2921 Truxel Road, will feature games, fun events and live entertainment as well as the distribution of the kits.

About Healthy Choices

Cynthia CraftCynthia H. Craft began her reporting and editing career in Columbus, Ohio, after graduating from Ohio State University. She worked at a Dallas, Texas, newspaper as an editor, and then at the Los Angeles Times, as an editor and Capitol Bureau correspondent. After working as editor in chief at the California Journal, Craft went to Lima, Peru, for three years as a visiting professor of journalism at Peruana Universidad de Ciencias Aplicadas. She was a fellow in 2012 at the National Library for Medicine in Washington, D.C. at the National Institute for Health. She's currently The Sacramento Bee's senior writer on health, a position made possible by a grant from The California Endowment.

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