Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Howard U starts a farmers market

Yet another local farmers market has started up, this one at Howard University during the week. The market, featuring local farmers, runs every Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and every Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the hospital courtyard, which is near Georgia and V Street NW.

The university started the market in order to help local residents get fresh and healthy foods, which aren't always the easiest to find.

The market also takes WIC and Senior CSFP vouchers. Here's more from their press release:
Dr. Denia Tapscott, a bariatrician and program director for the Center for Wellness and Weight Loss Surgery, said the Farmer's Market will provide a valuable service.

"As you know, obesity is a huge issue for the nation, and particularly for African Americans," said Tapscott, whose center is being featured over the next twelve months in EBONY magazine. "One of the contributing factors to obesity is lack of good nutrients."

"Much of the food we eat doesn't have the amount of vitamins we need to make us metabolically healthy, and that particularly happens when you don't get the vitamins and nutrients from vegetables."

"Additionally, when we don?t get the fiber in our diets, we tend to be more hungry. When you eat more fruits and vegetables, particularly vegetables because of the fiber, we feel more satiated. Your calories are less and you are getting better nutrients. That contributes to weight loss."

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