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For Immediate Release
Madison Area YMCA Nutritionist Offered Helpful Tips to Moms of Picky Eaters at Y Annual Campaign Event
CAPTION: L-R: Madison Area YMCA Annual Campaign Co-Chair Michelle Kean with Madison Area YMCA Nutritionist and Member Services Director Natalie Merizio
(Madison, NJ) February 19, 2016 – A conference room at the Madison Area YMCA’s Family Center was filled with moms eager to hear tips from Y Member Services Director and Nutritionist Natalie Merizio on how to get their picky eaters to try new foods, expand their palate and enjoy meal time.
Ms. Merizio advised that foods should not be forced; but, parents shouldn’t give up either. “It may take 12-20 times of exposure of a certain food before a child decides to like it,” she said, adding that meal time should take place in a calm and relaxing environment.
Madison Area YMCA Annual Campaign Co-Chair Michelle Kean came up with the idea to host the discussion that was free to the community. The event marked the first of several Annual Campaign events that will take place throughout the campaign season from now until the middle of March.
The Annual Campaign raises awareness and funds for the Y’s financial assistance program that enables children and families, who work or reside within the Madison Area YMCA’s service area, to participate in Y programs and services regardless of their abilities to pay. Support is provided based upon demonstrated need. All donations remain local. The Annual Campaign also helps the Y broaden its reach into initiating enriching community wellness and health-enhancing programs.
As a cause-driven charitable organization, the Y is dedicated to nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving our community’s health and well-being and giving back by providing support to our neighbors. Everything the Y does is in service of making us better. For some people, these services may not be attainable because of cost. The Y makes sure that these services are available to everyone in the community, regardless of income. For a better you. For a better community. Give for a better us.