#7D4H - Guest Blogger Kimberly Curhan #nutrition

Introduction to our Guest Blogger: Kim Curhan is the Curatorial Knowledge Management Intern at ACI. She provides support for the meaningful curation of media content and artwork. She has been working hard to combine her interest in the relationship between art and audience with creative marketing strategies and social mindfulness. Kim received her B.A. with Honors from Boston University in the History of Art and Architecture and Arts Leadership. Throughout her time as a student, she interned at many arts nonprofits, hoping to gain a clearer understanding of the ways people respond and connect to art. She plans to further her education to continue raising awareness of the importance and impact of art in our community and beyond.  

Title: Are you making the best snack choices?

Take Part recently published an article titled "9 'Healthy' Snacks That Really Aren't Good for You" and it really hit home with me. I used to feel constantly tired, unfocused, and pretty unhappy. I started looking into how food could affect my energy, focus, and vitality. The nutritional value of my meals and snacks became very important to me, especially as I began selecting foods high in protein, vitamins/minerals, and good fats, and then immediately felt their effects on me! Ever since, I have been feeling so much better and no longer suffer from aches, "blueness," and fatigue. 

From the article:

Fast-food companies may be struggling, but snack purveyors are not.

According to a report released last year, annual global snack sales totaled $374 billion–with sugary and salty snacks taking the most shares of sales. Beverage and snack maker PepsiCo continues to see incremental boosts in revenues.

Still, as fast-food sales show, consumers are becoming more health conscious. For years, processed food companies have been responding. While wholesome, fair-trade, and GMO-free food items are more abundant than ever, sugar, salt, and fat are lurking in more snacks marketed as “healthy.” Here, we list nine to watch out for. 

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About 7 Dresses 4 Health (7D4H): 7D4H is a year-long arts and health education campaign lead by visual artist, Marian Brown, in conjunction with Arts Connect International. The objective of the campaign is to promote inclusive community practices through adDRESSing health artistically and collaboratively. To learn more about the genesis of the project, read Marian’s New Year Blog

About today's look: All of the dresses for 7 Dresses 4 Health were designed and sewn by Kim's Fashion Design. Love the look? Visit Kim at 100 Huntington Ave, Boston MA 02116, call her at (617) 267-9299 or email her: info@kimsfashion.com. Mention 7 Dresses 4 Health for a special discount! 

Campaign Update (2017): All 7 Dresses 4 Health blogs were migrated from a former site, so the sharing analytics are inconsistent from when they were first published. We apologize to our guest bloggers, and readers, for this inconvenience. That said, the campaign garnered an average of 5K hits per blog, over 500,000 readers throughout 2015! Additionally, the average number of shares per guest blog was over 150x on social media (through Facebook and Twitter). Thank you for making this incredible campaign possible - and for all that it was for so many. With gratitude, Marian & the ACI Team