Childhood obesity to be addressed at Farm-City Week annual symposium


READING, Pa. — Three panelists will share their expertise on healthier lunch nutrition programs for America’s youth Nov. 17 at the annual National Farm-City Week Symposium, Childhood Obesity: The School Lunchroom Debate.

The event will be held at the Locust Trace AgriScience Farm outside of Fayette, Kentucky, off the Newton Pike. The public is invited to attend.

In addition, Joe Norman, principal of the Fayette County (Kentucky) School System, will be the luncheon speaker, discussing the school’s efforts at the Locust Trace Farm designed to help students learn more about agriculture as a career choice.


The purpose of the symposium will be to explore the issues around childhood obesity in the U.S. and how it can be managed through healthier choices in the school lunchroom.

The three symposium panelists are: Kathy Belzer, manager of school programs, Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, Inc.; Kendall Mallory, Kentucky FFA president, University of Kentucky; and Michelle Coker, director of childhood nutrition programs, Fayette County School Systems.


The symposium begins at 10:30 a.m. Discussions from 11 a.m. until noon will be broadcast live over the nationally syndicated AgriTalk radio show.

It will be followed by lunch from 12:30 to 2 p.m., where the National Farm-City Council will announce the winner of the first annual Charles Eastin Outstanding Service Award. After the luncheon, a tour will be offered for those interested.


For more information on the National Farm-City Council Symposium contact Holly Fritz at 610-621-2253 or

The event kicks off National Farm-City Week from Nov. 18-24, ending on Thanksgiving, and celebrates the partnership between farm and urban residents in providing the nation with food, fiber, fuel and a growing list of other products.

For those interested in organizing a local Farm-City event, go to the National Farm-City website at or call 202-406-3706.


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