Avis RIchards & Joy Bauer to LEAD food revolution at JAVITS CENTER GREEN FESTIVAL

Avis RIchards & Joy Bauer to LEAD food revolution at JAVITs CENTER GREEN FESTIVAL


NEW YORK, APRIL 16, 2015— Birds Nest Foundation announced today that CEO and Founder Avis Richards, an award-winning filmmaker and philanthropist, along with Joy Bauer, MS, RDN, health and nutrition expert for NBC’s Today Show and founder of Nourish Snacks, will speak on April 25th about their work with the Foundation’s Ground Up Campaign. The talk is scheduled at 1:30pm, at the 2015 Green Festival in Javits Center.

Delivering a riveting address, “Education Starts From The Ground Up,” Richards and Bauer will tackle current food trends, health issues and childhood obesity, providing solutions that can make a difference in a broken system.

Birds Nest Foundation has donated academic gardens to more than 230 schools across the country, teaching 13,000+ students the importance of all-natural agriculture and healthy eating. The campaign’s current objective is to donate 1,000 academic gardens to public schools nationwide.

“Joy and I are honored to present what we’ve learned from The Ground Up Campaign to The Green Festival, one of New York’s most impactful events in the eco-community,” says Richards.

“It is integral to our nation’s health that we educate students about nutrition and healthy eating habits, ” says Richards. “Our goal through the Ground Up Campaign is to provide all children the same opportunities, ensuring they can appreciate the life process of food from seed to table. The program is a simple and affordable step toward solving the obesity crisis faced by many youth in underserved, urban communities.”

This year’s Green Festival, to be held at the Jacob Javits Center, hosts a bevy of like-minded organizations and individuals, from the Coalition for Healthy School Food to the Humane Society of New York. The marketplace brings together trusted local, national and global companies with pioneering thinkers and conscious consumers, serving as a platform for the best in sustainability and green living.

“Through my work, I have seen the powerful effect that healthy eating and exercise can have on people. Simply put, they can change lives for the better. I look forward to using my experience to energize The Green Festival and engage the audience,” says Bauer.

About Avis Richards

Avis Richards is the founder and CEO of Birds Nest Foundation, a non-profit group that produces documentaries, short videos and PSAs for charitable organizations. An award-winning executive producer and director, Avis has produced and directed over 300 films. Avis also launched “The Ground Up Campaign”, a national initiative to provide indoor edible academic gardens and curriculum to public schools. Avis is also on the Board of Directors for HELP USA, Sophie’s Voice, Fans for the Cure, R Baby Foundation, React To Film, Greenbeetz and Street Soccer USA.​

About Joy Bauer

Joy Bauer,MS,RDN,is one of the nation’s leading health authorities. She is the nutrition and health expert for NBC’s TODAY Show, the founder of, a monthly columnist forWoman’s Day, and the New York City Ballet’s official nutritionist. Joy is also the creator of and the author of several New York Times best-selling books, including Food Cures, The Joy Fit Club, Slim & Scrumptious, andYour Inner Skinny. Passionate about delivering scientifically sound, realistic information to millions, Joy believes it’s never too early or too late to reap the benefits of healthy living. She resides in the New York area with her husband and three children.


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