ASTORIA – Maria Markou, Esq., the Founder and President of Markou Global Legal Group, spoke with The National Herald about the upcoming discussion on childhood obesity to be held on Saturday, October 19. The event, titled, Our Children Today and Obesity, will be held at the Archdiocesan Hellenic Cultural Center, 27-09 Crescent Street in Astoria, at 6 PM.
The speakers include the event’s coordinator Markou, educator and psychotherapist Maria Deltouzou, pediatrician and childhood obesity specialist Dr. Demetrios Markouizos, and clinical nutritionist and dietitian Irene Nicolaides.
At the conclusion of the event, Markou Global will present gifts to all children attending the launch of a creative and successful school year. Eleftheria Oikouta will also be honored for her contributions to education.
Konstantinos Lambropoulos is the curator and organizer of the event.
Admission is free and a reception will follow the discussion.
TNH: How did you decide on the topic for the event and the speakers?
Maria Markou: It is something that the Greek community has needed for a long time. It had been of concern to me since my first years here watching our children eating the worst foods every day and considering my ethos, conscience, and education, it should not be allowed when we have a Mediterranean diet and another one that is the status quo. Our children need to be nourished properly, their minds to be enriched, to understand why appearance is so important. As for the speakers, I did a lot of research before deciding. I have found, I think, the best in terms of Greek expatriates, well-known, reputable and prestigious scientists who I believe will provide answers to our community members for a night of substance. That's how I've learned in my life, to contribute and to give what I announce and for what I do to be meaningful. And so I chose these people and thank you very much for your question.
TNH: How long did it take to put together from idea to realization?
MM: From the first moment I came to America. I watched little kids eating hot dogs, hamburgers, french fries, with whatever was available and completely different. It's a pity because our culture, what we have learned from family, homeland, religion is also about diet. We have a diet that is enjoyed by all people. The Mediterranean diet is well known to all nutritionists. My concerns about obesity gave rise to the determination that we should talk to parents and children at the same time to make them familiar with this thing we have abandoned or forgotten about and need to do again. And that was how the idea of ??the event came about.
TNH: What can people look forward to from this panel discussion?
MM: The audience will get their questions answered to help kids and parents remember our roots, how our ancestors were nourished, the right thing to feed a human nowadays, to avoid anything plastic, processed, because this causes all diseases and infirmities. When we maintain a healthy community, a healthy population, we can expect a great deal from them.