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YMCA Calls Police to Arrest Anti-Obesity Advocate MeMe Roth — NAAO President MeMe Roth Attempts to Dump Junk Food at Local Philadelphia Spring Valley YMCA


New York, NY and Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) May 23, 2007

With 30% of America’s children at risk for obesity and diet-related diabetes; with two-thirds of their parents already overweight; and with the YMCA of the USA asserting its “unique position in the fight against child obesity”; MeMe Roth (http://www.actionagainstobesity.com) endeavored to rid the YMCA of junk food. Ms. Roth attempted to discard the sprinkles, artificially-flavored caramel and chocolate syrups, and other high-fructose corn syrup-laden and artificially-colored substances, along with the artery-clogging full-fat ice cream set up near the entranceway as a free celebratory offering to YMCA members. In response, Roth alleges the YMCA blocked its junk food table and held back the 5-foot-6-inch, 120-pound, Ms. Roth with a 6-foot-3-inch football player volunteer named “Eric” and called the police.

“I’ve been working with the YMCA for months, both locally and nationally, from the local Director and President up to the YMCA of the USA CEO, including emails, phone calls, and in-person presentations imploring the organization to fulfill its mission statement to provide an environment of health and wellness for its 20 million members, 10 million of whom are children,” said Roth. “Given the current child health crisis, the last thing we need is the YMCA encouraging our children or their parents to consume even greater amounts of obesity- and diabetes- accelerating foods. This is especially damning given the YMCA’s own mission statement and all the wonderful counsel provided by the YMCA’s own nutritionists. Members trust the YMCA to help protect their health, not encourage consumption of some of the most harmful substances in the food supply.”

Roth cites an overrepresentation of obesity among employees and volunteers, including the Philadelphia Area Spring Valley YMCA in Limerick, PA where she had come to exercise Tuesday. She assumes the membership falls closely in line to the U.S.’s national obesity figures: two-thirds of adults overweight — one-third of children overweight. The YMCA recently completed its own version of “The Biggest Loser.”

“There’s a great deal of lip service given to the fight to end child obesity, and the YMCA not only profits from some of the most indulgent junk food vending machines including Reese’s cheesecake pies, full-fat Otis Spunkmeyer muffins, S’Mores Pop-Tarts, among a plethora of other chemical-laden obesity and diabetes accelerators, but also, the YMCA uses $ 11 million dollars from Pepsi to fund its national ‘Healthy Kids Day’ and ‘Activate America’ programs. (Soda is widely reported as a top contributor to child and teen obesity.) It’s like having Philip Morris fund your cardio-vascular health day.”

National Action Against Obesity implores America’s schools, houses of worship and civic organization’s such as the YMCA to provide children and families a haven from the constant bombardment of junk food.

“Those of us fighting to keep our children and ourselves healthy deserve to have somewhere safe to go without being pressured to eat junk food,” continued Roth. “NAAO urges parents across the country to ‘Dump the Junk!’ If your child’s school pushes junk food onto your children, dump it. If your minister or rabbi uses junk food as a children’s sermon device, dump it. If your YMCA uses junk food as a means to pander to unhealthy members, dump it.”

The YMCA has threatened to press charges and terminate Ms. Roth’s family membership to the YMCA.

MeMe Roth and family are temporarily residing in the Philadelphia area, awaiting relocation to New York City.

About NAAO

**Look for upcoming “NAAO Obesity Action Plan” to Cut Obesity by 50%–An Absolutely Achievable, Uncomplicated, Step-By-Step, How-To Guide for ALL of Us** Through education, legislation, and most importantly–parental action–National Action Against Obesity works independently and as a consultancy to reverse the obesity epidemic by eliminating ‘fake foods’ from the food supply, barring junk food from schools and eradicating Secondhand Obesity, while encouraging exercise across all ages. MeMe Roth, president and founder of NAAO, is host and organizer of the Wedding Gown Challenge, where women enter into marriage at a healthy weight and maintain it for a lifetime. Ms. Roth has been featured on CNN, MSNBC, FOXNews’ The O’Reilly Factor, Your World with Neil Cavuto, CBS’s The Early Show, The New York Times, The LA Times, BusinessWeek, The New York Post, Playboy Magazine, 106.7 LiteFM, School Administrator, American School Board Journal, BigFatBlog, Nippon TV, The Associated Press and Health Magazine among others. Ms. Roth’s agenda: “Let’s finally recognize obesity as abuse–abuse of our children, abuse of ourselves–and together take action against it.” http://www.actionagainstobesity.com

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John Walsh Partners with CA, Inc. to Help Keep America Safe Online : Victim Advocate and Television Crime Fighter Teams with Global Software Company to Raise Awareness about the Danger of Cyber crime and Online Predators


ISLANDIA, N.Y. (PRWEB) November 24, 2008

“John Walsh is a great match for CA’s Internet security businessboth have a tenacious drive to protect consumers on- and off-line,” said George Kafkarkou, senior vice president and general manager, Internet Security Business Unit for CA. “Together we’ll raise awareness of protecting consumers of all ages against the increasingly sophisticated and organized world of cyber crime.”

“I am honored to team with CA’s Internet Security business, a group whose products and vision reflect a strong commitment to protecting consumers and stopping cyber criminals dead in their tracks,” said John Walsh. “CA’s campaign addresses the most crucial issue our society faces in a Web 2.0 world; protecting our loved ones from the cyber creeps. I look forward to working with CA to promote consumer awareness and keeping predators and fraudsters away from our children and families.”

CA Internet Security Suite Plus 2009 is currently available at http://shop.ca.com and from CA resellers, including major retail outlets, nationwide.

About John Walsh

John Walsh is internationally recognized as the host of TV’s “America’s Most Wanted;” the groundbreaking television program that has helped take down more than 1,040 dangerous fugitives during the past 21 years. John Walsh has dedicated his life to fighting for justiceincluding his proudest achievementprotecting the nation’s children. John and his wife, Rev

Sisters of Bon Secours Honored with Maxis and Advocate Awards


Marriottsville, Maryland (PRWEB) May 18, 2012

Sister Alice Talone, CBS, was recognized on April 29, 2012 with the Maxis Award. This award from Villa Maria Academy High School of Springfield, PA, celebrates an alumna of the school who has remained faithful to the workings of the Holy Spirit and who has acted with integrity and led by example. According to the requirements for nominees of this award, she has also shown respect for self and others while making a substantial contribution to the community.

Sister Alice became a Sister of Bon Secours directly after graduating from Villa Maria, then graduated from Bon Secours School of Nursing, earned a bachelors degree in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and then a Masters degree in Pastoral Ministry from Trinity College in Washington, D.C. Sr. Alice has cared for countless people as both an acute care and home health nurse, a pastoral associate, hospital chaplain and a parish nurse. She has also served the Sisters of Bon Secours as vocation director and president of their Province. She is currently busy with her ministry as a parish nurse, visiting elderly parishioners who are homebound. In an administrative role, she serves on the sponsor board of directors for Sisters Academy, board of directors for Bon Secours Health System and the steering council for the P. Francis Murphy Initiative for Justice and Peace. When asked about receiving this distinction, Sr. Alice said, To God be the glory. I am humbled at receiving the Maxis Award!

Sister Fran Gorsuch, CBS, received the Advocate Award during the Hands of Hope Gala on May 11, 2012 at The Nyack Seaport in Nyack, NY. This annual fundraising event for One to One Learning, an organization developed by the Dominican Sisters of Sparkhill, NY, honors people who have made significant contributions to the community. One to One Learning educates the local community by teaching English to their neighbors. Sr. Fran is the recipient of this award because of her tireless efforts and passion for immigrants and their needs. Sister Ceclia La Pietra, OP, Executive Director of One to One Learning, works with Sr. Fran on the Immigration Coalition of Rockland and says, [Sr. Fran] is clear in her thinking on each issue and always speaks on behalf of justice with courage, conviction, determination, action. Sr. Ceclia continues to say, She is knowledgeable about the issues and takes a leadership role in questioning and suggesting ways to work toward a solution that is diplomatic and inclusive. For being a voice for the voiceless in Rockland County, we present Sister Fran Gorsuch with the Advocate Award.

Sister Fran currently serves as Director of Community Initiatives at Bon Secours Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center and also as Vocation Promoter for the Sisters of Bon Secours. In her role at the hospital, she has reached out to the sick and poor, many of whom are immigrants and without health insurance. Sr. Fran also saw a communication need with staff members at the hospital who were not native English speakers. She promoted a program of classes for English as a second language, for their own improvement and in their relations with patients and coworkers. Sr.Fran was also influential in initiating the Spirit of Rockland, a new center for victims of sexual and domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse, services for people with special needs and victims of violence to the immigrant population. The Spirit of Rockland operates under the auspices of the district attorneys office of Rockland County, in partnership with Good Samaritan, Rockland Family Shelter, Child Protective Services and other agencies. She is the Sisters of Bon Secours representative on the board of directors of UNANIMA International, a non-governmental organization at the United Nations committed to stopping the demand for trafficking of women and children, justice for immigrants and refugees and issues around water and the rights of all human beings for access to water. In her role as Vocation Promoter she extends the outreach to young Catholic women who may be considering religious life by networking with campus ministry groups and parishes. She also coordinates the annual Project Good Help volunteer event each summer. Young women come to work side-by-side with the sisters within inner city Baltimore to help the underprivileged during this short-term service project.

Sister Fran also gives time by serving on the board of Catholic Community Services of Rockland Co., the board of directors of Bon Secours Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation, the Bon Secours New York Health System board of directors, the Immigration Coalition of Rockland County and the Healthy Priorities Committee of the Rockland County Department of Health.

About the Sisters of Bon Secours: As an international congregation of Catholic sisters they have long had a heart for providing healthcare, social services, spiritual comfort, and education to disadvantaged communities since their inception in 1824 when they nursed the sick in their homes. Today, their approach to caring for all of creation equips the Sisters of Bon Secours to spread holistic wellness and Gods love throughout the four corners of the world. For more information on discerning your vocation to become a nun, please visit http://BonSecoursVocations.org, email: CBSVocations(at)bshsi(dot)org or call 410-442-0267.







KnowledgeWorks Names Eileen Rudden, Education Advocate and Software Veteran, to Board of Directors


Cincinnati, OH (PRWEB) May 17, 2012

Eileen Rudden, an information technology pioneer and hands-on advocate for improving public education, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of KnowledgeWorks, President and CEO Brian Ross announced today.

Rudden, who served on the KnowledgeWorks board from 2008 to 2010, recently served as Chief Officer, College and Career Preparation at Chicago Public Schools. At CPS, Rudden led the efforts of the third largest public school system in the United States to increase college access and persistence and to reinvent career and vocational education. She was a 2009 Broad Fellow and graduate of the Broad Superintendents Academy, a rigorous, 10-month program that places successful executives into urban school districts to help those districts transform into effective public enterprises.

At KnowledgeWorks, Rudden will help direct the efforts of the social enterprise as it seeks to expand its innovative approaches to education nationwide through two high school transformation subsidiaries and its Cradle to Career collective impact initiative to help communities improve education outcomes for kids.

KnowledgeWorks has consistently shown itself to be an organization which is focused on transforming the world of K-12 education from a world of schooling to a world of learning, Rudden said. I am attracted by its New Tech Network High Schools, its Strive community cradle-to-career approach, and Ed Works ability to create early college high schools, STEM schools and turnaround schools.

KnowledgeWorks Board Chairman Joseph P. Tomain said Ruddens rejoining the board enhances KnowledgeWorks strategic focus. Eileen returns to the board as a Broad Fellow and having helped the nations third-largest school district move forward the college and career readiness agenda, Tomain said. Her perspective is invaluable as we strive to equip students for the future and help communities support children from cradle to career.

Ross said he is looking forward to Ruddens expertise on the board. Eileens ability to ask insightful questions and challenge us to always keep student achievement at the center of our work is a hallmark of her leadership, he said.

Rudden holds a bachelors degree from Brown University and an MBA from Harvard, and has been a leader in the innovative software industry for more than 25 years. She currently serves as Board Chair of SoundBite Communications, an emerging company providing cloud-based customer communications, as well as advising education software startups such as The Achievement Network, A Better Lesson and Testive.

She formerly led the Unified Communications Division of Avaya, a Fortune 500 global business communications leader. A 14-year veteran of IBMs Lotus Software unit, Ms. Rudden was senior vice president and general manager responsible for Lotus Notes and Domino email and collaboration software. She was a member of IBMs Technical Leadership Council. Early in her career, Rudden was a manager at The Boston Consulting Group.

In education, Rudden served on the board of trustees of Brown University from 2003-2009. She was the elected President of the 70,000 member Brown Alumni Association and is currently the Chair of the Advisory Committee on Computing and Information Technology at Brown. Rudden is also former Treasurer and trustee of Lesley University, a major provider of graduate education to classroom teachers in the United States, and currently serves on Lesleys Leadership Council.

KnowledgeWorks is bringing the future of learning to Americas high schools and creating widespread, lasting change in the communities and states we serve. Our portfolio of high school approaches includes New Tech Network high schools, EDWorks New Start, Fast Track and STEMLab high schools. Building on the principles of collective impact, our Strive subsidiary is helping communities create the civic infrastructure to unite stakeholders around shared goals, measures and results in education and organizing a national network of cradle-to-career communities.