Boley explains aspects of hunger, how to help

SHERIDAN — Sheridan community members and Sheridan College students will soon have the opportunity to learn about the effects of hunger and how they can help in the Sheridan area.

Sheridan College instructor and registered dietitian Georgia Boley will present to Sheridan College students today, showing how hunger can strike any household and how it can hurt children, families and communities. Students will identify ways they can take action at Sheridan College and in the Sheridan community to help feed the hungry.

The Wellness Council of Sheridan County and The Food Group will also sponsor a presentation by Boley, held at the Sheridan College Science Center room 104 on Dec. 16 at 6:30 p.m. This presentation, which is free and open to the public, will focus on how children can be both hungry and overweight at the same time. Parents and community members will understand the effects of hunger and being overweight on children and identify ways they can help address the problem.

“Hunger caused by poverty is no longer as simple as an empty belly in America,” Boley said. “Calories are readily accessible and cheap, but nutrient dense foods are not. Together we will look at how poverty and obesity are so closely linked in our nation, look at current obesity trends in Wyoming, and discuss what solutions work for our community.”

As a Kids Eat Right Campaign Member, Boley was awarded one of 25 mini-grants by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation. Kids Eat Right is a platform designed to ensure that sound nutrition recommendations are part of childhood obesity prevention.

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