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Yorktown School District To Host Health And Wellness Event

The Yorktown School District and SEPTA will be hosting its third annual wellness event, "The ABCs of GMOs."
The Yorktown School District and SEPTA will be hosting its third annual wellness event, "The ABCs of GMOs." Photo Credit: Contributed

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. --  The Yorktown Central School District and the Special Education PTA will be hosting its third annual wellness event, "The ABCs of GMOs," which includes movie screening, a panel discussion and farm-to-table tasting on Tuesday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m.

The event takes place in the Yorktown High School Auditorium and will begin with a screening of "Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives,” an award-winning documentary that explains genetically modified organisms (GMOs). 

Immediately following the film, there will be a discussion by a panel of experts including Joan Dye Gussow, professor emeritus, Columbia University, author, food policy expert, environmentalist and gardener; Mimi Edelman of I & ME Farms and former chair, Slow Food Metro North and Geri Brewster, registered dietitian. 

For the conclusion of the program, there will be a series of tastings in the high school cafeteria, prepared by area chefs who use food from local farms. 

Chefs include Brett Alcaro and Wilson Change of Hilltop Hanover Farms and Cafe of Love; Laura DeMaria of Hemlock Hill Farm; Ghenya Gorbatko of Trailside Cafe; Laurie Gershgorn of Healthy Culinary Creations; Jonathan Pratt of Peter Pratt’s Inn and Eileen Zidi of Cabbage Hill Farms.

“This is a wonderful venue to share the importance of fresh unprocessed food relative to our health, and to sample and learn more about our local resources,” at Laura Tolosi, director of wellness programs for the Yorktown schools.

Gail Chen, vice president of the Yorktown SEPTA, added, “SEPTA is thrilled to partner with the YCSD Wellness Programs to bring awareness to these important issues and at the same time bring the community together."

The screening is appropriate for students in grades 7-12.

Tickets for the movie and tasting are $10 for adults and free for students.can be purchased online from the district website, 

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