Public Affairs Specialist Pamela Jackson with the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany received the National Image Award for Meritorious Service for her work in the organization she established, Youth Becoming Healthy. The non-profit has programs set up in numerous local schools to help students exercise more and learn healthier eating habits in an effort to combat childhood obesity.
The Department of Defense has recognized that this is also an issue with recruitment. They're finding that a lot of teens especially between the ages of 10 and 17 as they go out to start recruiting them in late middle school early high school years that kids can't join the military because of their weight, says Jackson.
This is Jackson TMs second Department of Defense award. Her first was a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) award for scholarships she gives to high school and college students who major in those subjects at a collegiate level.
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