Wellness Foundation Summer Luncheon
August 12, 2016, 11:00am-1:00pm
Devon Yacht Club
300 Abrahams Landing Road, Amagansett
Healthy Schools for Healthy Kids
Empowering Parents to Become
Champions of Wellness
As a parent, are you concerned that schools are still serving unhealthy food despite the mounting evidence that the right food helps with focus, behavior and academic achievement? Do you ever wonder how you could support your child's school to promote good health and wellness? Come and hear a lively discussion with a school food activist and a school environmental safety activist as they talk about why healthy schools are critical for our kids and how to work effectively with schools to make them safe and healthy places for all.
Bettina Elias Siegel is a writer and nationally recognized advocate on issues relating to children and food policy who was named one of the "20 Most Influential Moms of 2015" by Family Circle Magazine. In her writing, public speaking and advocacy work, Siegel has been a vocal supporter of improved federal school nutrition standards, curbing junk food sales on school campuses and otherwise improving children's school food environments. Siegel has launched three successful Change.org petitions relating to children and food including the most recent one to prevent McDonald's from showing a misleading "nutrition education" video in schools. Siegel has appeared frequently on television and radio, including the Today Show, The Doctors, ABC World News Tonight, NBC Nightly News and Anderson, and her writing on children and food has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, the Houston Chronicle, and the Huffington Post, among others. Siegel has written a free and widely-downloaded 40-page ebook advising parents on how to get junk food out of their children's classroom.
Patricia (Patti) Wood is founder and executive director of Grassroots Environmental Education, a not-for-profit environmental health organization. The organization uses science-driven arguments for clean air, clean water and a safe food supply. Ms. Wood is the co-producer of the documentary film "Our Children at Risk," which explores the latest scientific research linking environmental toxins to children's health problems. She is also the author of "The ChildSafe School," a program which promotes and provides a framework for a comprehensive approach to reducing environmental toxins in schools and "Helping to Heal," a book for parents of children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Ms. Wood is also a Visiting Scholar at Adelphi University where she lectures on the environment and related health issues in the College of Nursing and Public Health.