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Ed Day, Rockland County Executive

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 6, 2016
Contact: Jane Lerner, Director of Strategic Communications (845) 638-5645
              Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, DO, MPH, DABFM, FAAFP (845) 364-2512

WEIGHT OF THE NATION: CHILDREN IN CRISIS

Free community presentation will explore what you can do to help the children in your life stay healthy

NEW CITY, NY - - Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert encourage residents to attend the free viewing and guided discussion of the HBO documentary on the childhood obesity epidemic, "Weight of the Nation: Children in Crisis" on Tuesday, December 13 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland County, located at 10 Patriot Hills Lane in Stony Point.

Join the Rockland County Department of Health, Eat Smart New York of the Hudson Valley Region, and the Rockland County School Health and Wellness Coalition as we examine the severity of the childhood obesity crisis and what we can do about it. Learn about the driving forces as well as the opportunities for parents and other care givers, agencies, schools, and communities to fight this epidemic. The presentation will include the health consequences of childhood obesity, food marketing to children, food in school, sugar-sweetened beverages, and physical activity. This presentation is open to all but will be of special interest to those living and working with children and youth.

"The health and well-being of our children depends on the choices adults make for them. Parents, educators, health care professionals, and law makers can all be part of the solution to childhood obesity," said Dr. Ruppert.

To grow a strong body and brain, children need a healthy diet and regular physical activity. All public schools in Rockland County offer free or low-cost meals that can provide students with needed nutrition. Ask your child's school food service manager for more information. The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) oversees the school breakfast and lunch program and requires participating schools meet modern nutrition standards. Experts recommend that children get 60 minutes or more vigorous physical activity per day. Children can get their 60 minutes in short activity bursts such as when playing during recess, participating in physical education class, walking, during classroom physically active "brain breaks," and in after-school activities and programs.

The presentation is free however registration is required. To register, go to http://bit.ly/2fQeza6. For more information, contact Carrie Steindorff, School Health Coordinator, Rockland County Department of Health at 845-364-2360 or e-mail steindoc@co.rockland.ny.us.