27 August 2012

Whole Foods Market to give $300,000 worth of salad bars to NYC Public Schools

Whole Foods Market celebrated the opening of their 57th Street store by announcing their donation of 57 salad bars to New York City public schools. The salad bars, valued at $300,000, will help children develop healthy food preferences by providing them daily fresh fruit and vegetables.

"Giving every student access to healthy fruit and vegetables is the next step in countering the obesity epidemic," said Mayor Bloomberg. "Thanks to our pioneering initiatives, New York City has recently defied the national trend and seen an unprecedented decline in childhood obesity."

In fact, the obesity rates for New York City kindergartners through eighth graders decreased 5.5 percent from 2006 to 2011. Salad bars are already installed in about 75% of the City's 1,200 school buildings, and the Mayor's Obesity Task Force is determined to expand them to all of the public schools by 2015.

Madeline Heising | Blog
Boston, MA Madeline is studying Communications and Public Advocacy at Northeastern University. Going vegan on a whim in 2011 changed her entire lifestyle for the better. Her course of study, health and career intentions now revolve around plant-based living. All it took was one question ‘Why would you care more about what goes on your body than what goes in it?’ When she’s not in classes she works at Teavana and keeps up her own recipe blog. The only thing that makes her happier than talking about food is traveling, but it’s a pretty close tie.

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