In conjunction with National Seafood Month, the Seafood Nutrition Partnership (SNP), launched two pilot public health education campaigns this week in Memphis, Tenn. and Indianapolis, Ind. by partnering with a coalition of local stakeholders including chefs, community leaders, public officials and health professionals in each city to teach citizens about the health benefits of seafood.
The pilot programs in each city will include cooking demonstrations, free health fairs and screenings for Omega-3 Index levels; distribute health education literature and recipes; and encourage citizens of both cities to take the Healthy Heart Pledge to eat at least two servings of seafood each week as recommended by the USDA Dietary Guidelines. Through this effort SNP will address the health risks associated with low seafood consumption through partners that provide health and nutrition guidance.
“These pilot programs allow us to be on the ground to build awareness and educate the citizens of Memphis and Indianapolis about the health benefits of a diet rich in seafood and help Americans gain the skills to select, order, prepare and eat seafood as part of a well-balanced, nutrient-rich diet,” says Linda Cornish, executive director for the Seafood Nutrition Partnership.
U.S. Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-9-CD) and City of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton, Jr. will kick off the Memphis pilot program on Wednesday, October 8th at The Church Health Center with a host of prominent community leaders as part of the Seafood Nutrition Partnership’s city-wide campaign to educate and empower Memphians to live healthier by adding more seafood to their diets.
“It’s important to have a healthy Memphis, and I’m very glad to partner with the Seafood Nutrition Partnership in this campaign,” says Mayor Wharton. “Seafood just twice a week will help combat things like heart disease and diabetes, which are prevalent silent killers in our community. I hope all Memphis citizens will take part in this effort. If we do, it could really change lives.”
The First Lady of Indianapolis, Winnie Ballard, will host a kick-off at the Indianapolis City Market on Friday, October 10th at 10:00AM to launch the pilot program in Indianapolis. She will be joined by SNP Board Members: NBA star and former Indiana Pacers Detlef Schrempf; renowned omega-3 scientist and Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee member Dr. Tom Brenna from Cornell University; and Linda Cornish.
In addition to cooking demonstrations and free health screenings, the Indianapolis effort will partner with the Indianapolis Restaurant and Lodging Association on Friday, October 17th for a “Fish is the Dish” event with many of the city’s restaurants featuring and highlighting seafood specials.