Blog : Kids Eat Right Presentation to Raise Awareness of Hunger in Our Community

By Madelaine | Mar 25, 2014 | in

Green Alliance Writer

EXETER — Supporting its community is imperative to Starry Brook Natural Medicine and its team. Patients are given individual attention and offered alternative, holistic approaches to health care. Its focus on quality and understanding of each patient provides a more personalized approach to medicine.

Starry Brook is green certified with the Green Alliance. It utilizes eco-friendly practices such as using natural and organic products, and promoting sustainability. Its knowledgeable mindful staff uses their skills to help their patients and community beyond offering traditional health care through nutritional consultations, acupuncture, yoga therapy, Reiki sessions, dietary supplements, and massage therapy.

In that vein, on April 5, Registered Dietitian Alicia Rossman of Starry Brook will be leading a community lunch and learn discussion to educate community members on the issue of hunger and obesity. March is National Nutrition Month, and Rossman embraced that idea by preparing this "Lunch-and-Learn." Hunger can strike any family. It affects children, individuals, families, and communities alike. Educating community members about hunger can spark positive changes and create support for local food pantries and struggling families. Rossman will educate participants about what they can personally do to help this cause.

This presentation will not only raise awareness of hunger and its link to obesity, but also teach participants about healthy snack options for the whole family. It will even teach attendees ways to stay fuller for longer. After the presentation there will be an open discussion for community members to weigh in about hunger, healthy eating, and ask questions.

Jon and Pricilla, owners of 900 Degrees Neopolitan Pizzaria, will generously be providing healthy snacks for lunch.

Rossman is a member of the Kids Eat Right Campaign. This campaign was created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This is an academy of food and nutrition experts committed to educating the public. It is always developing programs to help people facing food insecurities and educating those who do not face hunger but want to know how to help.

Kids Eat Right campaign was designed to ensure that sound nutrition recommendations are part of childhood obesity prevention. The Academy’s 76,000 members are putting this program into action by reaching out and educating families in their communities. Rossman was awarded one of 25 mini grants from the Academy so that she can host this community presentation. The grant funds go toward nutrition education, and obesity prevention.

When Rossman began studying nutrition at college, she learned just how important it is for people to maintain an adequate diet.
“You learn how important food is in order to grow and function, especially for children learning in school and focusing in class. Many children wake up hungry, or go to bed hungry,” Rossman said.

She wanted a way to help those in need. As a freshman in college, she began volunteering for Share our Strength Seacoast and the New Hampshire Food Bank. One of her favorite volunteer activities was instructing cooking classes that taught individuals how to make healthy meals on a tight budget.

“I was making a direct impact by teaching participants the skills they needed to cook nutritiously on a low-income budget,” Rossman said.
Rossman enjoyed making this direct impact on people’s lives; it sparked her long lasting commitment of volunteering to fight hunger. She currently serves on the board for Share our Strength Seacoast as the volunteer coordinator, and is now actively engaged in the Kids Eat Right Campaign.

“Everyone can make a difference in their own way,” said Rossman.

The event will take place at noon, Saturday, April 5, at Starry Brook Natural Medicine, 14 Bow St, Exeter. There is a suggested donation of non-perishable food items and toiletries, which will be donated to the Saint Vincent De Pauls Food Pantry in Exeter. All participants who donate a food item will receive a free initial nutrition consultation or Reiki session with Rossman. There will also be a raffle with prizes including yoga therapy, nutritional counseling, reiki healing, Green Alliance family membership and tee shirt, Let’s Get Movin’! gift certificate, signed copy of Miss Lyla’s Banana Pancakes to the Rescue, Birdease gift certificate, Vemma Supplements, Food and Health Forum Cooking Class, and more! Starry Brook will also be donating several acupuncture and massage sessions.

You can R.S.V.P to this free event by emailing

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