Dole Fights K-12 Obesity With “School Salad Days”
Westlake Village, California - September 15, 2005
Dole Nutrition Institute Donates Salad Bars & Provides Nutrition Education
To Public Schools Throughout California In 2006
Dole Nutrition Institute (DNI), the nutrition research and educational foundation established by Dole Food Company, Inc. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, David H. Murdock, today announced a new "School Salad Days" pilot program. Designed to encourage healthy eating habits and promote daily fruit and vegetable consumption in California public schools, the pilot program will be launched with the donation of an initial 50 full-service portable salad bars to California-based K-12 schools in 2006.
In addition to providing onsite self-serve salad bars, DNI (www.dolenutrition.com) will also offer recipient schools timely nutrition information. This continues Dole's longstanding commitment to the nutrition education through programs such as the Dole "5-A-Day" program (soon to be re-launched and updated as Dole SuperKids).
Other components of the "School Salad Days" program will include:
* Partnering with school food service directors, nutritionists and healthcare providers to combat child obesity through better nutrition
* Working with schools to develop fruit baskets to be sold as fund-raising alternatives
* Helping schools plant on-site "edible gardens"
"Dole Food Company, Inc. shares Governor Schwarzenegger's commitment to preventing childhood obesity," said DNI Director Jennifer Grossman. "By increasing access to fruits and vegetables and teaching the importance of nutrition, we hope to be part of the solution to the epidemic of childhood obesity in California."
The Dole Nutrition Institute (www.dolenutrition.com)
Launched in 2003, Dole Nutrition Institute is a research and education foundation in Westlake Village, California, that offers:
* A state-of-the-art phytochemical laboratory working with over 40 food scientists and 30 PhDs from around the world
* Self-produced health and nutrition segments that run on airline in-flight TV
* The online Dole Nutrition Newsletter and brochures including What You Need to Eat Everyday & Why.
* Educational Websites including dolenutrition.com and dolesuperfoods.com
* A hardbound food encyclopedia
* An award-winning Workplace Wellness program
Dole Nutrition Institute is a division of Dole Food Company, Inc. Dole, with 2004 revenues of $5.3 billion, is the world's largest producer and marketer of high-quality fresh fruit, fresh vegetables and fresh-cut flowers. Dole markets a growing line of packaged and frozen foods and is a produce leader in nutrition education and research. More information about Dole is available on its website at www.dole.com.
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