Reid nominated Maureen Peckman to board
May 16, 2011
Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid today congratulated Maureen Peckman of Las Vegas on her appointment to the National Foundation for Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. Peckman was appointed last week by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius after being recommended by Senator Reid.
“Maureen Peckman dedicated her life to improving the health and fitness of Nevadans of all ages,” said Reid. “In her new role, Maureen will continue to be a strong voice for America’s children, promoting healthy choices and tackling the growing epidemic of childhood obesity. She understands that the only way we are going to continue lowering health care costs is by ensuring that fitness and good nutrition are priorities in our schools and communities.
As part of her work at the Cleveland Clinic, Peckman has been a leader in the fight against childhood obesity and an active supporter of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative, which encourages healthy lifestyles for children. The Cleveland Clinic has been at the forefront of health and wellness programs in our schools and they have established a number of successful resources for students, including an Obesity Prevention ToolKit and the HealthCorps education seminars. These programs have been effective in tackling childhood obesity in Ohio, and under Peckman’s leadership, the Cleveland Clinic will begin implementing their successful programs in Southern Nevada schools.
Peckman attended the George Washington University on a soccer scholarship and graduated with a degree in Sports Medicine and Exercise Physiology. She serves on the Andre Agassi Charter Academy school board, the Agassi Foundation, and the Nevada Community Foundation.