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Healthy Food Issues Focus of Regional Food Summit

On Monday, March 28, Eat Healthy NKY will hold its inaugural Food Summit at Turkey Foot Middle School from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to showcase healthy eating habits, local food production, and food preparation in our region.

The free, family-friendly event will cover several topics, including how to eat healthy on the go, where to purchase local food, the benefits of school and community gardens, and a presentation on food policy and how can it improve our community’s quality of life. Speakers and panel discussions will be featured throughout the showcase.

“We’re really excited to be organizing this event,” said Michael Ionna, AICP, Principal Planner for PDS. “Our guests can expect an open house with information booths covering wide variety of topics important to our local food system—from production and distribution to consumption and food waste.”

While the event is sure to provide plenty of food for thought, guests will also have the opportunity to enjoy free tastings prepared by area chefs using locally-produced ingredients.

“Attendees should also plan on bringing their appetites,” said Emi Randall, AICP, Director of Planning and Zoning at PDS. “Part of what we want people to see is that eating healthier also means eating delicious food. The cuisine provided will highlight food production in our region utilizing a variety of ingredients and products produced by local artisans and farmers.”

For those with children, a Kids’ Zone will be open from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and will feature a variety of fun activities, including a seed starting booth hosted by the Agriculture Extension Office of the University of Kentucky. The mascot for the NKY Health Department will also be at the event.

“We have a full slate of events scheduled for the evening, so no matter when you attend there will be something exciting going on,” said Ionna. “Ultimately, the goal of the event is to reach as many people as possible and provide them with a positive experience where they can educate themselves about food system issues and of course, enjoy some tasty chow while doing so!”

For full details of the event and to register for free tickets, visit Space is limited, so interested parties are encouraged to register early to secure a spot.

The Food Summit is sponsored by Eat Healthy NKY, an outreach campaign to educate members of the public about healthy food options, and Kenton County Plan4Health Coalition. For more information on Plan4Health, log on to

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