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Giving Back

by Marissa on October 6, 2014

giving back

Inspired by Erin’s post (with the exact same title – thanks for the inspo Erin!), today I’m talking about how I use my time and talent for giving back. 

I’m fortunate enough to have everything I need. Living in this huge city, I’m reminded every single day I step outside that there are countless others who don’t.

Instead of choosing to give money to people on the subway or sidewalks, I’ve made a conscious decision to give back in other ways. 

When I moved to New York City 10 years ago, I joined the New York Junior League. I wanted a way to both volunteer consistently, develop my leadership skills and meet other accomplished women. The Junior League provided all three. 

Since I’m so passionate about health and wellness,  I got involved with a committee that promoted healthy living to those in the most underserved and at-risk parts of the city. It was a way to use my knowledge and spread my passion to others in need of guidance. Every time I presented a workshop, I left feeling fulfilled. 

Today, I’m the co-chair of a committee with a similar mission. CHEF (Cooking and Health Education for Families), empowers families to make life-long healthy choices by teaching proper nutrition and physical activity while placing an emphasis on planning, collaboration and fun.

Being a healthy role model for children is a responsibility I take very seriously.

Children have so much potential and the only chance they get to develop it is by having adults around them who are invested in their well-being. 

I’ve always admired Jamie Oliver for the work he’s done with Healthy School Food and this is my own way of getting involved with a cause I feel passionate about. I’m thankful for the National Association of Nutrition Professionals for recognizing me with their Community Award for the work I’ve done promoting wellness in the community. 

I’d love to know how you give back. Let me know in the comments below so we can all inspire each other to get involved!


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MarissaV moderator

Thanks Erin! Yes, so very passionate about teaching children about food and giving them the skills and support they need to nourish themselves for a lifetime! xoxo

Erin Haslag
Erin Haslag

Thank you so much for the shout-out and congrats to you for being recognized for your ongoing commitment to working with children. I'm so with you - empowering children to understand what good food is and equipping them with skills as they grow is fundamentally one of the best services we can provide our kiddos. 

I love the acronym for CHEF by the way - too cute! 

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