Press Release – Meijer joins Generation With Promise To Provide Tours

27 01 2009

Got this from a press release…..

Meijer Teams Up With Generation With Promise to Provide Grocery Store
Tours

Program Aims To Educate Families about Making Healthy Food Choices

Navigating the aisles of a grocery store can be an overwhelming
experience when families are confronted with the number of food choices,
let alone reading food labels. Michigan-based retailer Meijer wants to
take the fear factor out of grocery shopping for parents and their
children in underserved areas.

Meijer, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is partnering with
“Generation With Promise” (GWP) by providing grocery store tours
as part of a nutrition education class called “Side by Side.” The
class, offered by the Share Our Strength Operation Frontline Program,
involves an educational field trip to Meijer that aims to empower and
educate families about making healthy food choices.

“We know the importance of experiential learning,” said Michigan
Surgeon General Dr. Kimberlydawn Wisdom. “Meijer store tours provide
parents with new information to make food purchases that are healthy,
budget-conscious, easy to prepare and good tasting, too.”

Each class is held after school and provides nutrition education and a
cooking demonstration based on a sample recipe. The program is led by
Generation With Promise facilitators, a chef from Gleaners Community
Food Bank of Southeast Michigan, and a nutrition educator from Michigan
State University Extension. At the end of each session, the child and
caregiver receive a bag of groceries with the necessary food items to
recreate the sample recipe at home. Meijer also will provide simple
meal planning ideas and recipes families can use to easily incorporate
healthy food choices into family meals.

“Many people falsely believe that it costs more to eat healthy,”
said Christina Miller, M.S., RD, a healthy living advisor for Meijer.
“These tours are an excellent opportunity for us to teach parents
and their children how to make budget-wise, nutritious food choices.”

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