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Health Benefits of Locally Grown Food

9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM  

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Humility of Mary Health Partners’ is offering a program about the benefits of a plant based diet and locally grown foods for its fall Women in Touch session. “A Healthy Life from the Roots Up: How Local Food Can Improve Your Diet” will be presented 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8 at Mr. Anthony’s Banquet Center, 7440 South Ave, Boardman; and Tuesday, Oct. 22 at Ciminero’s Banquet Centre, 123 N. Main St., Niles.

This program raises awareness of a plant-based diet and its impacts on health as well as the benefits of eating locally grown food. The event features two speakers: Dr. Kathleen Padgitt, a local physician, and Melissa Miller, marketing director of the Lake-to-River Food Cooperative. Dr. Padgitt will explain how a plant-based diet can benefit people and prevent chronic diseases. Miller will discuss ways to access a food grown in the Mahoning Valley.

“It’s so timely,” said Bridget Lackey, HMHP community health educator. “We hear so much about eating fruits and vegetables, and we have them right here in our own backyard.”

Dr. Padgitt is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and is a member of the American Society of Nephrology, National Kidney Foundation and American Diabetes Association. Over the last 20 years of practice, Dr. Padgitt has seen firsthand the adverse effects food choices can have on health, longevity and quality of life. Her presentation is designed to help people take control of their health through the power of whole foods.

Miller is a local entrepreneur and activist who develops relationships with schools and health departments in the tri-county area to promote the sales of locally grown foods. She is a co-owner of Miller Livestock, Co. Inc. in Kinsman, Ohio, and for the past 15 years, she and her husband have raised sheep, cattle, poultry and pork in a pasture-based manner. She is very passionate about bringing a more local, sustainable and economically viable and just food system to the Mahoning Valley.

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