It’s What You Eat AND What You Drink!

o2living and The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester Team-up for National School Lunch Week

by O2Living Editorial Team @o2living
posted on October 18th 2010

Cross River, N.Y. / Mount Kisco, N.Y. (October 18, 2010) – To celebrate National School Lunch Week (October 11-15) o2living, a natural health and wellness community offering a café,
therapeutic massage, dietary cleanses, all natural skin treatments and products, yoga, and meditation classes in Cross River, joined forces with the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester in Mount Kisco to teach children the importance of not only eating nutritious meals, but drinking nutritious drinks.

During an interactive workshop, o2living’s executive chef, Tom Donnelly, talked to the children about nutrition and the healthy local ingredients being grown in the Hudson Valley. Children also enjoyed samples of Chef Tom’s berry smoothies – a nutritious and delicious alternative to artificially flavored berry beverages that may contain excessive amounts of sugar. 

“It is important for children to learn about making healthy food and beverage choices at a young age,” said Tom Donnelly, executive Chef, o2living. “We enjoyed the opportunity to work with the Club’s preschoolers and teach them about nutrition.”

Children’s nutrition is taking a front seat on Capitol Hill, with government working to create healthier standards for school lunches. In addition, the 2008 Nestle Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study reveals 25 percent of older infants, toddlers and preschoolers don’t consume a single serving of fruit on a given day, and 30 percent don’t consume a single serving of vegetables.

“We appreciate Chef Tom and the o2living team taking the time to work with our preschoolers during National School Lunch Week,” said Brian Skanes, executive director, Boys and Girls Club
of Northern Westchester. “It is great to see the kids excited about nutrition and engaged in lessons that will help them to maintain a healthy lifestyle in the years to come.”

For more information, call 914.763.6320 or visit o2living online at or @O2living on Twitter. Visit in person at 6 Yellow Monkey Village in Cross River, N.Y. The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester is located at 351 Main Street, Mt. Kisco, NY and can be reached at (914) 666-8069 or by visiting

About the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester (

Pictured:The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester was established in 1939 as a place for “boys to get off the streets.” It is a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and enabling young people, especially those who need it most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. The main unit in Mt. Kisco, NY is a 36,000-square-foot facility featuring an eight-lane pool, Child Care Center, gymnasium, games room, two computer labs and an additional 1,600-foot Teen Center facility. The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester serves 2,000 youths, boys and girls ages 6 months to 18 years, from more than 60 Northern Westchester communities. The Club has been ranked among the outstanding Clubs in the national network of Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Pictured: Brian Skanes, executive director, Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester, and Tom Donnelly, executive chef, o2living during a National School Lunch Week workshop at the Boys and Girls Club.

About o2living

Headquartered in Cross River, New York, o2living is an all embracing community dedicated to lifestyle/wellness. o2living juices are created fresh daily in our local cafe with organically grown fruits and vegetables. Established as Cross River Wellness, LLC (d/b/a O2 Living,) this holistic spa and wellness center encourages people to live, learn and connect. It offers yoga, spa services, including signature Oxygen treatments, a retail boutique and Live Food Café nestled in Cross River’s quaint Yellow Monkey Village. The wellness community also features an online destination, where members can connect and communicate about their experiences and build a greater sense of community with those who share their passion for and commitment to health and well-being.