press release

September 13, 2012

Contact:
Christopher Brand
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GIANT FOOD STORES & SUSAN P. BYRNES HEALTH EDUCATION CENTER TO HOST HEALTHY KIDS SUMMIT

Focus on childhood obesity and helping kids live healthier lifestyles

Carlisle, PA – With a new school year now underway, it’s important to make sure kids are getting the nutrition and exercise their bodies need as they continue to grow both physically and mentally. GIANT Food Stores and the Susan P. Byrnes Health Education Center are committed to helping the community, especially kids, live healthier lifestyles. In an effort to educate parents, caregivers, and others in the York and Central Pennsylvania communities about the issue of childhood obesity and what can be done to alleviate the growing epidemic, GIANT will host a Healthy Kids Summit, featuring local experts discussing the subject on Tuesday, September 25 from 11 a.m. to 12 noon at the Susan P. Byrnes Health Education Center, 515 South George Street in York.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, childhood obesity affects approximately 12.5 million children and adolescents ages 2-19 years or 17% of that population in the United States today.

Participants in GIANT’s Healthy Kids Summit include: Lisa Coleman, in-store nutritionist, GIANT/MARTIN’S; Dr. Deborah L. Wortham, Superintendent, The School District of the City of York; Alexandria Hardy, registered dietitian, Susan P. Byrnes Health Education Center; Marsha Novick, MD, assistant professor, Milton S. Hershey Children’s Hospital; and Ann Goropoulos-Hughes, executive vice president, Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania. The panel discussion will be moderated by Sarah Glunz, GIANT in-store nutritionist.

“For many families, the decision to eat healthier begins at the supermarket,” said Lisa Coleman, in-store nutritionist, GIANT/MARTIN’S. “From our in-store Healthy Ideas signage that points customers to healthier items while they shop, to our team of in-store nutritionists and variety of nutritious recipe ideas, we are committed to providing customers and their families the resources they need to make healthy choices both in our stores and on our website.”

“With good nutrition habits, students are more alert and more productive in the classroom,” stated Dr. Deborah L. Wortham, Superintendent, The School District of the City of York. “In addition to reinforcing nutrition in classroom teachings, we are also providing students with a variety of healthier items in our school cafeterias, from more fresh fruits and vegetables to eliminating sugary sodas and juices.”

According to Alexandria Hardy, registered dietitian, Susan P. Byrnes Health Education Center, “Kids often learn by the examples set forth by their parents and caregivers. While healthy eating and exercise habits are taught in school, they also need to be demonstrated and reinforced at home. Education is the key to a healthier community and we offer a variety of fun interactive classes for families to learn about health together!”

“Too many children are suffering from health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol that are more common in middle-aged adults,” said Marsha Novick, MD, assistant professor, Milton S. Hershey Children’s Hospital, “These ailments, among others, will be carried into adulthood if they are developed early. In addition to better eating habits, kids should also be active with at least an hour or more of physical activity daily.”

“Girl Scouts has been committed to helping today’s girls become tomorrow’s leaders for over 100 years and we recognize that a big part of leadership involves knowing how to take care of yourself,” said Ann Goropoulos-Hughes, executive vice president, Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania. “That’s why Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania is kicking off a new initiative called Healthy Promise later this fall to challenge Girl Scouts across our 30-county council to make healthier food choices and increase their activity levels. Healthy habits that girls learn at a young age can greatly impact how they grow and develop into adults, become leaders in their communities, and influence future generations and we take this seriously.”

GIANT’s Healthy Kids Summit is free and open to the public for anyone interested in attending. For more information, please contact GIANT Nutritionist Sarah Glunz at 717¬545-0489.

About GIANT/MARTIN’S

Headquartered in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, GIANT/MARTIN’S operates nearly 200 grocery stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, under the names of GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets. GIANT/MARTIN’S employs more than 31,000 associates. Founded in 1923, GIANT and MARTIN’S have a long-standing commitment to eradicate hunger and improve the quality of life for children in addition to working with hundreds of local organizations annually. The company was recognized for its leadership in the fight against hunger with the Golden Grocer Award by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In addition, GIANT/MARTIN’S is one of the top ten fund-raisers in the country for local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. GIANT and MARTIN’S are Ahold companies. For more information visit www.GiantFoodStores.com and www.MartinsFoods.com. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/giantfoodstores and facebook.com/martinsfoods.

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