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Phipps Conservatory Names New Let’s Move Pittsburgh Program Manager
Laura Leiden focuses on bolstering the health and well-being of Pittsburgh youth through Let’s Move Pittsburgh program.
Pittsburgh, PA — Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has announced the addition of Laura Leiden as Let’s Move Pittsburgh program manager. A registered dietitian-nutritionist with a master’s degree in nutrition and dietetics, Laura brings demonstrated expertise combined with a passion for nutrition education and preventative care to advance the program.
Collaboration and connectivity will be at the forefront as Laura oversees Phipps’ Let’s Move Pittsburgh program. In her role, she will lead the development, implementation and evaluation of initiatives that will bring people together to better the health and well-being of children in the community.
Prior to joining Phipps, Laura contributed to multiple health and nutrition education programs in the Pittsburgh area, gaining clinical and nonclinical experience. A native of Querétaro, Mexico, she obtained a B.S. in nutrition and dietetics at Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro and an M.S. in nutrition and dietetics at the University of Pittsburgh. Laura is an enthusiastic advocate for health and wellness who looks forward to applying her knowledge and insights in community nutrition and dietetics to make a positive impact.
Let’s Move Pittsburgh, a healthy lifestyles program of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, brings together organizations, healthcare providers, educators, parents and caregivers in southwestern Pennsylvania to lead children toward a healthier future.
Let’s Move Pittsburgh leads 5-2-1-0, a movement to reinforce healthy lifestyle choices that benefit kids and their families, promoting four key messages about healthy eating and physical activity: 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables, 2 hours or less of recreational screen time, 1 hour or more of physical activity and 0 sugary drinks and more water every day. The program also supports free family fitness events, health and wellness symposium and speaker series events, Champion Schools awards, the Green Light Foods mobile app and more, in addition to ongoing healthcare, school and community outreach. Launched in 2011, the program was inspired by the national Let’s Move! campaign to curb childhood obesity through raised awareness about the benefits of healthy foods, decreased screen time and increased physical activity.
To learn more about Let’s Move Pittsburgh, visit letsmovepittsburgh.org.
About Phipps: Founded in 1893, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, PA is a green leader among public gardens with a mission to inspire and educate all with the beauty and importance of plants; to advance sustainability and promote human and environmental well-being through action and research; and to celebrate its historic glasshouse. Phipps commemorates its 125th anniversary throughout 2018, celebrating its historic past, vibrant present and exciting future ahead — including inspiring seasonal flower shows, community events, public programs and groundbreaking green innovation.
Learn more at phipps.conservatory.org.
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