Eat Healthy Albany Program in place to help fight obesity
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- The city of Albany takes a stand against obesity with the Eat Healthy Albany Program. A kick off celebration was held on Sunday.
The citywide initiation was created to inspire healthy changes in eating. Mayor Jennings and Chef Gail Sokol from the Culinary Arts Program at Schenectady Community College hosted the event at the Palace Theater.
They are encouraging younger generations to spread the message about the importance of maintaining an active lifestyle. Jennings said it is also important to educate the public on making the right food choices as obesity rates continue to rise.
"It's important for us to communicate with everyone, there is an obesity problem and it's growing dramatically. I think there was an article the other day that said 50 percent of the adults in America would be obese in the next 10 or 15 years. And you know what, we have to prevent that, you prevent it through education and that's what this is all about," said Jerry Jennings, (D) Albany Mayor.
According to organizers, they're hoping to get people excited about adding healthy foods to their diet. People were able to participate in demonstrations, and also learn new recipes.