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Ways to Get Involved in Healthy Kids Day®

Posted by: DMA Solutions Team

Apr 14, 2015 11:11:00 AM

In the fresh produce industry, we take children’s health seriously and have made it a priority through initiatives like the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools campaign. And we’re not the only ones: The YMCA has an upcoming initiative called Healthy Kids Day® launching on April 25. The YMCA mentions that research shows kids are most likely to gain weight during the summer months, which means fresh produce marketers once again have an opportunity to tap into the conversation and present fresh solutions.

Even with #HealthyKidsDay coming in just a few short weeks, there are still a few ways fresh produce marketers can get involved. Here’s how:

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Topics: Health & Fitness, Philanthropy, Events & Sponsorships

Childhood Obesity and the Future of Our Military

Posted by: Megan Zweig

Sep 12, 2014 12:04:00 PM

As a country, we are “too fat to fight.” said James A. “Jamie” Barnett, Jr., Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired) at The Washington Conference hosted by the United Fresh Produce Association this week.

In his keynote speech, the Admiral shared shocking facts with the 500+ produce professionals in attendance that our military is facing the negative effects of childhood obesity. Today, 75% of Americans are not eligible to serve in our military even if they wanted to due to issues like criminal records, lack of education or due to excess weight.

So the reality for many of us in the room was not only is excess weight making us sick, it’s raising our health care costs and now excess weight is wreaking havoc on our military’s ability to recruit and protect our country. On top of that, The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Acts, a piece of landmark legislation passed in 2012 that requires ½ cup of fruits or vegetables on breakfast and lunch plates in schools, is in jeopardy of reform. So to say the least, United Fresh did a wonderful job of preparing the attendees of The Washington Conference for our time with legislators on the Hill.

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Topics: Health & Fitness, Thoughts on FRESH, Events & Sponsorships

436 Salad Bars Donated to CA Schools at United Fresh

Posted by: Dan'l Mackey Almy

May 15, 2013 10:36:00 AM

This morning during the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools press conference at United Fresh 2013, more inspiring examples of MOMENTUM were announced, along with the impressive results of the fresh produce industry’s California contingent’s efforts. Announcements included:

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Topics: Health & Fitness, Philanthropy, All, Miscellaneous

Cincinnati: A Case for Salad Bars

Posted by: Brock Nemecek

Mar 19, 2013 4:43:00 AM

What began in the spring of 2010 as a reluctant acceptance of four salad bars from the United Fresh Produce Association (UFPA) has become a case study and success story for the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools (LMSBtS) initiative. Wait… reluctant acceptance? What public school food services director wouldn’t want salad bars in her schools? Well, initially, Jessica Shelly of Cincinnati Public Schools. We got to talk with Jessica about her district’s salad bar journey and are excited to share her story below.

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Topics: Health & Fitness, All, Miscellaneous

Infographic: A Case for Salad Bars

Posted by: Marci Allen

Mar 15, 2013 8:20:00 AM

We never tire of sharing the Salad Bar Story - how America's schools need our help providing their students with more fresh and healthy food choices. But this time we wanted to take it a step farther and SHOW you the story. Presenting an infographic: The Case for Salad Bars.

We are so inspired by of the attention and generosity our industry has shown this cause, but there is much work to be done. In California alone, we have set out to fund 350 salad bars to schools that have already applied and been approved for the Let's Move Salad Bars to School program. We still have nearly 50 unfulfilled applications to meet our goal deadline of May 15, 2013. Will you help us get there?

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Topics: Health & Fitness, All, Miscellaneous

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