GENYOUth Foundation, along with its collaborating partners, is launching a series of Town Hall meetings across the country throughout the 2013-14 school year to address child health in the school environment and the community. The Town Halls aim to accomplish three things —support better learning, reinforce schools as a focal point for action and get help for schools. The kickoff event, titled “Fueling Healthy Schools and Communities for the Future,” is being held in Chicago on Oct. 16, in partnership with The Quaker Oats Company, a subsidiary of PepsiCo, Inc., and Midwest Dairy Council, a local affiliate of National Dairy Council.
According to Alexis Glick, GENYOUth Foundation CEO, this Town Hall series “is about bringing together a diverse group of top minds, including local business, education, health, government, and the critical perspective of student leaders, to facilitate dialogue in local communities about school wellness, and to focus on key solutions.”
Jose Luis Prado, President of Quaker Foods North America, points out that Quaker’s involvement in the Chicago Town Hall is based on sparking exactly that kind of dialogue among local leaders. “Quaker is an iconic brand that’s been fueling healthy families for more than 135 years. We are proud to sponsor this forum not only to spotlight the importance of quality nourishment, but to also facilitate creative ways in which we can work with our community partners to improve the wellness of our city’s youth.” In addition to sponsoring the Chicago Town Hall, Quaker will contribute $125,000 to foster health and wellness initiatives in schools across the country, including exploring a portion dedicated to its hometown of Chicago.
The GENYOUTH Chicago thought-leader event was also developed in close cooperation with Chicago Public Schools (CPS), and CPS Chief Health Officer Dr. Stephanie Whyte is slated to be a key panelist at the event. “All efforts that encourage community stakeholders to engage as part of the solution to getting our kids to eat better and move more in school are good things,” said Dr. Whyte. “I applaud GENYOUth and its partners, like Quaker and Midwest Dairy Council, for supporting the development of collectively conceived, locally implemented school wellness projects, initiatives, and ideas – and just as important, encouraging community leaders to step up to help make them happen.”
GENYOUth Foundation was established to inspire and educate youth to improve nutrition and increase physical activity in schools and their communities, through a public-private partnership with National Dairy Council and the National Football League.