Forum Scheduled on Children’s Health Issues

State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef held a public forum on children’s health issues on Thursday, September 12 to discuss the current state of children’s health, the rise in diabetes in children, ways parents and grandparents can help, and simple steps to good food habits.

Galef encouraged parents and grandparents to attend, stating: “There is a very unfortunate trend in childhood diabetes, obesity, and other health-related problems as a result of poor food choices being made by our youngsters. It is important to turn-around this epidemic now. We will be exploring ways to do this with experts in the field. It will be a great opportunity to learn and ask questions.”

Forum speakers included Carrie Aaron-Young, Director of Nutrition Services, Westchester County Department of Health, Penn Kip, Director of the Joslin Diabetes Center, Dr. Barry Shapiro of Briarcliff Manor, and Hillary Marra, a nutritionist and health counselor.

The event was co-sponsored by The Briarcliff Manor Schools PTA, The Croton-Harmon School District, Croton Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School PTA, Ossining Brookside Elementary School PTA, Ossining Early Childhood PTA, and the Peekskill Home School Council.