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Power Lunch for Parents

Christine Sampson

This summer, the Wellness Foundation is reaching beyond the realm of nutrition for kids and families and into overall safety of the school environment for children. At a lunch for parents on Friday, Aug. 12, two speakers will address ways that parents can empower themselves “to be what we call ‘champions of wellness,’ ” said Michele Sacconaghi, president and C.E.O. of the Wellness Foundation.


“It’s important that kids have an environment that’s as safe and healthy as possible. We know schools are doing their best, but there’s always room for improvement. We want parents to feel like they can work as partners with the school.”

The program will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will feature discussions by Bettina Elias Siegel and Patricia Wood. Ms. Siegel, a school food activist and author of the blog “The Lunch Tray,” was named one of Family Circle magazine’s 20 Most Influential Moms of 2015. Ms. Wood, an expert on the impact of environmental conditions on children, is the creator of the ChildSafe Schools program and the executive director of the nonprofit Grassroots Environmental Education.

“I think the speakers are really powerful. It should be a really great discussion,” Ms. Sacconaghi said.

There will be a question-and-answer session and resource materials for parents to take home. The lunch itself, she said, will feature “a very local, farm-based, healthy, fresh summer lunch.”

Tickets cost $75 and proceeds will support the Wellness Foundation’s programs in local schools. More information, along with tickets, can be found online at

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