Albany resident Pamela Green-Jackson will be awarded the 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal, the nation's second-highest civilian honor on February 15th according to information released by the White House.
"It is my distinguished honor to award these individuals the 2012 Citizens Medal for their commitment to public service," said President Obama in the release. "Their selflessness and courage inspire us all to look for opportunities to better serve our communities and our country."
White House officials say that the Citizens Medal was established in 1969 to recognize American citizens who have performed exemplary deeds of service for their country or their fellow citizens. President Obama is recognizing Americans whose work has had a significant impact on their communities but may not have garnered national attention. The President called on members of the public to nominate people in their lives who have performed exemplary deeds of service outside of their regular jobs.
Jackson is being recognized as the founder and CEO of the Youth Becoming Healthy Project (YBH), a non-profit organization committed to reducing the epidemic of childhood obesity through nutrition, fitness education and physical activity programs. YBH was created in memory of Pamela Green-Jackson's only brother, Bernard Green, who died in 2004 from obesity-related illnesses. YBH provides resources for during and after school wellness programs for elementary and middle school students as well as a summer wellness camp where the students learn about exercise, nutrition and can participate in martial arts, walking club and dance programs.