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East Haven Eye on the Beltway: Himes Fights Childhood Obesity

And, DeLauro discusses the importance of global exports to Connecticut's economy.

BLUMENTHAL: The senator will serve as the keynote guest speaker at the Friends of Sherwood Island (FOSI) Annual General Meeting on Sunday, May 20 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

“Senator Blumenthal’s support of environmental, conservation and preservation efforts throughout out Connecticut, including rivers and the Long Island Sound, is well known," Liz Milwe of Friends of Sherwood Island, said. "His involvement in the energy crisis has been continuous.”

HIMES: The congressman visited in Norwalk on Friday to observe Project L.E.A.N, a program designed to fight childhood obesity. "Programs like Project L.E.A.N. are important because they help kids learn how to manage their own well-being," he said in a statement released by Pepperidge Farm, which organized the program. "As we look for ways to root out costs in the health care system, this is a great place to start because healthy kids become healthy adults."

Himes then used Twitter to express his love for a snack that doesn't seem to have a place in programs like Project L.E.A.N.:

I really understand how catastrophic diet, obesity and Type II diabetes are to our system and our people, but lordy, I do love the Doritos.

DELAURO: The congresswoman delivered remarks Monday morning at a conference sponsored by the U.S. Commerce Department and Connecticut District Export Council on growing Connecticut’s economy by increasing global exports.

"Exports create good jobs, jobs that pay 15 percent more on average than other fields, and promote prosperity," she said, according to a statement released by her office. "And they are integral to fostering a meaningful economic recovery. For every billion dollars of exports, over 5,000 jobs are supported."

MURPHY: At the Connecticut Hispanic Democratic Caucus on Saturday, the congressman discussed numerous issues, including education, immigration reform and the DREAM Act. "Even though we knew that the United States Senate wouldn't pass it, we felt that it was important for the House of Representatives to show its support — and that's why I was proud to vote for it," he said. "That's why we need experienced legislators in the Senate who can fight for its passage."

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