September 02, 2010
As part of the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry's efforts to promote health and wellness, a weekly farmers market is now up and running on the school's plaza, providing seasonal fruits and vegetables to students, faculty, staff, patients and other visitors. The market supports local farmers and aims to better connect the school with the greater neighborhood community of Pacific Heights. The market's recent launch on Sept. 1 drew hundreds of enthusiastic shoppers to the plaza over the course of three hours.
Organic produce is provided by Ledesma Family Farms, while farm-fresh fruit is provided by J&J Ramos Farms. Between the two vendors, a wide selection of in-season fruits and vegetables is available. The dental school also hosts an oral health awareness table, with giveaways and informational material. The school will continue to host the farmers market every Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. through the fall 2010 season. It is located at the plaza entrance at 2155 Webster Street (between Sacramento and Clay) in San Francisco.
According to the Academy of General Dentistry, eating a balanced diet including foods from the five food groups can improve oral health and reduce the risk of gum disease. Research suggests that antioxidants and other nutrients found in fruits and vegetables may strengthen the immune system and improve the body's ability to fight bacteria and inflammation, which can help protect the teeth and gums as well.
The market is supported in part through a grant from University of the Pacific. A group of staff members at the school submitted the project idea for consideration, and learned that it was selected for funding a few months ago. The main campus launched the Innovation Grant Fund last year to encourage and support innovation on all three University campuses through programs that have a positive effect on student learning, service or organizational performance.
Category Type: Special Events
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