Leadership Long Beach Sponsors “Long Beach Healthy Kids Summit” Long Beach gets serious about children’s health

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The Leadership Long Beach Class of 2010 invites the public to a gathering of local and national education leaders and policy makers to discuss the state of children’s health in Long Beach on Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center’s Houssel’s Forum, with free parking available for all participants.  The goal of the Summit is to improve our local school lunch program.

What started as class member Dana Buchanan’s personal goal of transforming the local school lunch program will take an important step towards reality at the Summit.  Buchanan and ten of her classmates have been able to use the skills learned through Leadership Long Beach’s 10-month program to work with the Long Beach Unified School District towards making this Summit a success.

“Leadership Long Beach is well-known for developing the leaders of our community and debating the contemporary issues of the day,” said Leadership Long Beach Executive Director Peter Bostic.  “The Class of 2010 is carrying on a 20-year tradition of collaborating with Long Beach Unified School District to improve the education, health and quality of life for Long Beach’s children.”

Nationally known Renegade Lunch Lady Chef Ann Cooper will be the keynote speaker.  Cooper is known as a relentless voice for reform by focusing on the links between food, the way it’s processed and children’s health and wellness.  The key for Long Beach and the Leadership Long Beach Class of 2010 is supporting the school district as it looks more closely at these links and moves forward as a community.

Among the list of community leaders in attendance will be First Lady of Long Beach Nancy Foster.  Mrs. Foster will read the Mayor’s proclamation making May 26, 2010 Long Beach Healthy Kids Day.

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