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Batavia Green Fair provides tips on healthy living

Published: Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014 6:09 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 5:28 p.m. CDT
(By Eric Schelkopf –
Christine Stevens, left, and Shar Johnson-Dunlop, right, of the Batavia-based Just Food Initiative, provided information at Saturday's Green Fair on the Fox in downtown Batavia.

BATAVIA – Those stopping by Just Food Initiative's booth on Saturday at the Green Fair on the Fox learned about how unhealthy corn syrup is.

"It's a substitute for nutrition," said Shar Johnson-Dunlop, a board member for the Batavia-based Just Food Initiative. "It is used to put taste in food that doesn't have taste. It's a substitute for getting real food."

Just Food Initiative was just one of the groups represented at the Green Fair, designed to raise awareness about sustainable living, physical fitness and healthy living. The event, put on Batavia MainStreet, the Batavia Park District, city of Batavia and the Batavia Environmental Commission, was previously was known as Batavia Green Walk.

The nonprofit group, formed in 2009, tries to educate consumers on how they can make healthier food choices, such as growing one's one own food and avoiding genetically modified food.

Information about the proposed Green Tomato Grocery was also passed out during the Green Fair. Plans are to create a cooperative grocery store in Batavia that would focus on providing whole, organic food that is locally produced.

Those who would like to learn more about the co-op and Green Tomato Grocery can visit

Elmhurst couple Todd and Cathy Adams were also at the Green Fair talking about their Zen Parenting Radio station.

"We're empowering parents to be better parents," Todd Adams said. "What kids need more than anything these days are good role models."

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