Purpose

**Photo/Video Opportunity**

When: Today, Wednesday, March 13th, 2013, 1:00 PM

Where: Albany, The Capitol, Room 124

What: Today at the Capitol, Senate Majority Coalition Leader Jeffrey D. Klein, members of the Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference, and Host of the Emmy Award winning show Top Chef and co-founder of the Endometriosis Foundation of America Padma Lakshmi will kick-off a teen health awareness campaign. At the press conference, the IDC will launch a new, online survey encouraging New York teens to “weigh-in” on what they know about important health issues facing young people today. As part of the effort, Senator Klein and the IDC will also announce the creation of a Healthy Teen Awareness and Education Fund. The ensuing campaign and education fund will focus on three major health issues facing young people in New York: obesity (and its associated health risks), Endometriosis, and the health risks associated with alcohol and substance abuse.