Adult Programs

Activating adults to demand a better food future

We're working to change the supply of overly processed, heavily sugared, additive-laden food in our region by shifting the demand through education, public relations, and community engagement.

Sound Food Uprising

Sound Food Uprising is a unique course offered to employees across Puget Sound. Beginning with two 3-hour workshops one week apart, the program educates participants in cohorts of 20, exploring the state of today's food system and providing tools and resources for individuals, family units, and employee peer groups to envision and demand a better food future.

We are pursuing serious change, but that doesn't mean we can't have a good time.

Our workshops are fun, funny, and maybe a little bit irreverant. One of the most common things we hear from participants is that they didn't want the workshop to end, and wish they could come back for more.

This is the right time and place for change.

Puget Sound has a rich history of activism and innovative policy change, and now more than ever grocery stores are paying attention to consumer preferences as they compete for our dollars. We are harnessing our region's boundless optimism and building on the success of our past.

The Challenge

The American food system is broken.

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Diet-related disease is the #1 cause of death in America.

Poor diet contributes to 680,000 deaths per year in the United States - that's more than the 465,000 deaths caused by tobacco. Additionally, 2.3 Million Americans are living with diseases related to diet and inactivity.

02

Overly processed foods make up the majority of our diet.

For most of human history we ate real food that came from nature with minimal processing. Today, 59% of the food we eat is no longer recognizable as its original plant or animal source.

Sound Food Uprising
Our Workshops

Knowledge + Skills: A Recipe for Change

Through educational workshops, we’re working to arm consumers with kitchen and shopping hacks, a brief history of processed food, and real cooking skills to make eating well within reach.

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Sound Food Uprising Stats

Houston, we have a problem.

10,000 chemicals are allowed in the food supply
90% of the sugar in our diet comes from processed foods
1 in 10 adults get enough fruits or vegetables
  • Workshop Overview

    2-Session Workshop

    What You'll Learn

    Each interactive, three hour class includes activities to help participants understand how our food choices affect our mental and physical well-being and tips and tricks to make shopping for and eating real food attainable for everyone. Each class ends with a full meal that the participants prepare under the guidance of our professional instructors.

    Session 1

    Welcome & Our Story: Participants will get to know each other and will learn about Sound Food Uprising before working together to assemble a quick snack that includes salty, sweet, sour, and bitter components. / A Brief History of Everything Food / Overly Processed, Heavily Sugared, and Additive Laden: Participants will take a behind-the-scenes look into our food system to discover how highly processed foods are made and why they are so difficult to resist.

    Session 2

    The Grocery Store: Over the last 75 years, grocery stores have grown from small neighborhood shops to 70,000 square foot supermarkets carrying 40,000 individual items. We will break down the barriers that lead us to ask, “why is it so hard to buy good food?” / Product Investigations: Participants will select grocery items and spend time investigating the marketing tactics, nutrition label, and ingredient list of their products under the guidance of our instructor, who will point out the nutritional and historical significance of the government-mandated labels.

    In the Kitchen

    Knife skills / Salad with fennel and apple / Quick and easy sheet pan meal / Braised beef chuck roast

  • Workshop Overviews

    2-Hour Workshops

    Overview

    Our two hour workshop is a condensed version of our successful two session workshop. Featuring the "greatest hits" of our full length workshop plus supplemental online materials for additional learning, the two hour workshop is designed for people who cannot make the longer time commitment of our two-session program but are still interested in improving their diet and deepening their understanding of our regional food system. This workshop ends with a full meal that the participants prepare under the guidance of our professional instructors.

    Welcome & Our Story

    Participants will get to know each other and learn about the Sound Food Uprising to kick off this workshop.

    A Brief History of Everything Food

    For most of human history, humans ate whole or minimally processed foods. Only in recent decades has our food system been dramatically transformed thanks to advances in manufacturing, science, transportation, and communication. Our food system has become increasingly complex as a result, leaving consumers with the daunting task of sorting out which of the 40,000 items in a typical supermarket are actually good for our bodies.

    Overly Processed, Heavily Sugared, Additive Laden

    Now that we understand the problems facing our modern food system, how can we learn to identify products that seem healthy but are actually full of highly processed ingredients or hidden sugars?

    In the Kitchen

    Knife skills / Salad with homemade dressing / Quick and easy sheet pan meal

  • Workshop Overviews

    1-Hour Workshops

    From Jell-O to Vegan Burgers that Bleed: The history of processed food

    Take a look back through history to learn how our food system has evolved over the last 75 years. In prioritizing convenience and flavor, what unintended consequences are we facing today? How can we make real, healthful food that is quick and delicious?

    You Can't Eat Just One: The secret world of food additives

    We consume 100 chemicals per day on average, and they make processed foods hard to resist - think about the perfect crunch and flavor explosion of a Dorito, or the way an Oreo cookie melts so perfectly in your mouth. Shockingly few of these new ingredients are reviewed for safety by the FDA - how come? And what can we do about it?

    The 3 second rule: How to use nutrition labels and ingredient lists to shop smarter

    Bring your own nutrition label to examine in this interactive workshop. We walk through the nutrition label line by line, explaining why each nutrient is important and clearing up common misconceptions about salt, fat, and cholesterol. Participants will leave ready to quickly decipher labels at the store so that you can make food purchases you truly feel good about.

    Attention, Shoppers! Navigate the supermarket and meal plan like a pro

    The modern American supermarket sells 40,000 individual items and spans 67,000 square feet. This explosion of options has led to information overload and increased confusion. In this workshop, participants will learn how to get in and out of the store quickly with a grocery cart full of delicious, affordable, nourishing food that can be transformed into quick meals and snacks all week long. Participants will leave with an individualized one-week meal plan and shopping list.

    America's Sweet Tooth: Our addiction to sugar

    Today the average American consumes 90 pounds of sugar per year - well over the recommended 30 grams per day. Learn about the scandalous history of the sugar industry, and leave with tips and tricks for avoiding foods that are high in added sugars while still getting to indulge in your favorite treats.

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Sound Food Uprising Stats

We've taught more than 2,400 adults throughout Puget Sound and counting.

9 in 10 intend to change how they shop
86% believe individual food decisions can improve food supply.
91% shared what they learned with others
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Beyond the Workshop

We provide all the support materials that you will need for both during and after the workshops to encourage on-going conversations with your students.

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