School Lunch, Family Dinner and "Forks over Knives"

New Canaan Public School Lunch Update
If you have children in New Canaan Public Schools, you can now see what your students are buying for lunch via MyPaymentsPlus (formerly MealpayPlus).  Food services director Bruce Gluck has also found a way to include water in the price of lunch (milk and juice are still options).  So, please join me in expressing thanks for his hard work over the summer to make these changes and more.

Family Dinner Night: Friday September 28, 6:00-8:00 pm
To increase awareness of the importance of family dinners, the New Canaan YMCA and New Canaan Youth Services are hosting a free family-style dinner along with family swim, Bouncing Bears, archery, board games and more.  Please register by September 26 either at the YMCA Front Desk or online.

Those who have family dinners fewer than three times per week are:

  • Almost four times likelier to use tobacco
  • More than twice as likely to use alcohol
  • Two-and-a-half times likelier to use marijuana
  • Almost four times likelier to say they expect to try drugs in the future

“Forks Over Knives” Film Screening: Saturday, September 29, 7:00 pm at the Powerhouse Performing Arts Center, Waveny Park
"Forks over Knives" follows two doctors as they explore that degenerative diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes and certain forms of cancer can be prevented—and in many cases reversed—with a whole-foods, plant-based diet.  According to Roger Ebert, “This film can save your life.”  Dr. Oz adds, “I loved it and I need all of you to see it.” 

Tickets are $10 in advance at the New Canaan YMCA front desk or online at or $15 at the door.  Proceeds from the event will benefit the Y’s Cancer Wellness Program.