Our November 15th “Rotary Road Trip” meeting was the annual Thanksgiving Celebration. We had 15 Morning Star Rotarians joining with the Downtown Bethlehem Club and their BAVTs Artisan of the month in attendance.
 
The speaker was Eric Ruth of the Kellyn Foundation. Eric co-founded the Kellyn Foundation along with Dr. Meagan Grega, and began a program to address childhood obesity in 2008. He provided alarming statistics on the rapid increase of obesity in the general population, and discussed the urgent need to address the issue at the local level.
 
The Foundation provides programs at local schools which are designed to teach children to focus on “real foods” as opposed to processed foods. They have a “Garden as a Classroom” program which teaches children to grow and eat healthy, natural food from the school garden, rather than relying on processed foods for their nutritional requirements. The “Kellyn Kitchen” also teaches children and adults how to prepare tasty and nutritious fresh food in a group atmosphere at other community locations.
 
A more recent development is the “Mobile Market” set up by the Foundation, which purchases locally grown produce from farmers and then delivers that produce at reasonable prices to local neighborhood stores. This enables families in poor neighborhoods to purchase fresh foods which are not normally available to them. In addition to better nutrition, the Foundation encourages families to take action toward adopting healthier lifestyles which includes exercise, better sleep habits, and medical attention when necessary. The Foundation’s view is that healthier lifestyles will result in a better quality of life and lower healthcare expenses by reducing the burden of chronic disease.
Our November 15th “Rotary Road Trip” meeting was the annual Thanksgiving Celebration. We had 15 MSR with the Downtown Bethlehem Club and their BAVTs Artisan of the month in attendance.
 
The speaker was Eric Ruth of the Kellyn Foundation. Eric co-founded the Kellyn Foundation along with Dr. Meagan Grega, and began a program to address childhood obesity in 2008. He provided alarming statistics on the rapid increase of obesity in the general population, and discussed the urgent need to address the issue at the local level.
 
The Foundation provides programs at local schools which are designed to teach children to focus on “real foods” as opposed to processed foods. They have a “Garden as a Classroom” program which teaches children to grow and eat healthy, natural food from the school garden, rather than relying on processed foods for their nutritional requirements. The “Kellyn Kitchen” also teaches children and adults how to prepare tasty and nutritious fresh food in a group atmosphere at other community locations.
 
A more recent development is the “Mobile Market” set up by the Foundation, which purchases locally grown produce from farmers and then delivers that produce at reasonable prices to local neighborhood stores. This enables families in poor neighborhoods to purchase fresh foods which are not normally available to them. In addition to better nutrition, the Foundation encourages families to take action toward adopting healthier lifestyles which includes exercise, better sleep habits, and medical attention when necessary. The Foundation’s view is that healthier lifestyles will result in a better quality of life and lower healthcare expenses by reducing the burden of chronic disease.
Thanks to President Gerry Foran of the Bethlehem Club for sharing.