The Six Junior Leagues of Westchester Join Together for a Healthy Discussion on Improving Nutrition in Schools

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Diana Lada
25 May 2011
On May 20, Outgoing President Mary Beth Fisher, incoming President Daragh Murphy, Outgoing Public Affairs Chair Andrea Gottfried and Outgoing Fund Development VP Suzann Michailoff joined with other elected officials, community leaders, and school-nutrition advocates for the Junior Leagues of Westchester County’s Westchester Legislative Breakfast.

The event was highlighted by a panel discussion on meeting the challenges for improving nutrition in our schools. Junior League guests, including Amazing Afternoons Mary Figuero, were joined by panel discussants and speakers U.S. Congresswoman Nita Lowey; Christina Rohatynskj, executive director for the Food Bank for Westchester; Nancy Huehnergarth, director of the New York State Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Alliance; and Delly Beekman, president of the Association of Junior League International, Inc.

“A healthy diet leads to a healthy life,” Assemblyman Robert J. Castelli (R, C – Goldens Bridge) said. “As a cosponsor of Assembly Bill A6229, I am fighting for healthy choices in our community schools as a solution to the growing problem of childhood obesity in our state and nation. I am grateful to the panelists for participating in this timely and productive discussion, and I urge my colleagues in the state Assembly to pass our healthy-foods bill immediately so that we can raise nutrition standards at Empire State schools.”

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