On Friday and Saturday, November 16th and 17th, Farmingdale High School's Playcrafters performed Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! to a boot-stompin', hootin' and hollerin' crowd. Directed by Michelle Lindsley, the play opens on a "beautiful morning," sings Rasheem Ford, as Curly, to Aunt Eller, played by Jessie Farrel, as he vies for the affection of Danielle Chieffo, as Laurey. Other stars included talented students, Matthew Mannix as WIll Parker, Elora Rosch as Ado Annie, James Benner as Jud Fry, and Taylor Lyon as Ali Hakim. The audience was clapping along and having a great time as each song and dance number took the stage, and when the entire cast took the stage for their final bow, the crowd exploded in cheers and applause.
James Benner, as Jud Fry, and Taylor Lyon, as Ali Hakim
Legislator Mejias "Super Sizes" Awareness during Nutrition Month on Thursday, March 29, 2007
As part of national nutrition month in March, Legislator Mejias hosted an informational "Super Size Me" seminar. Conducted by members of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Group, it incorporated an informative presentation with clips from the Academy Award nominated documentary, "Super Size Me."
In the documentary, filmmaker Morgan Spurlock makes himself a test subject of this documentary about the fast food industry; rigorously eating a diet of McDonald's fast food, three times a day for one month straight. Spurlock is out to prove the physical and mental effects of consuming fast food. While doing this, Spurlock also provides a look at the food culture in America through its schools, corporations, and politics as seen through the eyes of regular people and health advocates. "Super Size Me" is a movie that sheds a new light on what has become one of our nation's biggest health problems: obesity.
Obesity in children and adolescents is a serious issue with many health and social consequences that often continue into adulthood. Parents are rightly concerned about their child's weight and how it affects them. Obesity isn't just an aesthetic concern; many serious health problems are related to being overweight or obese, such as asthma, depression, diabetes and heart disease.
This seminar provided a new perspective on a lingering problem.
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