KinderCare announces plan to increase access and affordability of healthy food for all children

In support of today’s White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health, KinderCare Learning Companies today announced its plan to help increase access and affordability to vegetables and fruits for all children nationwide. KinderCare is collaborating with its longstanding partner, Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), and the CDC Foundation. The organizations will work together to provide children and their families with the resources they need to access healthy foods they need to live well.

“As a leader in early childhood education and care, we at KinderCare have had a longstanding commitment to supporting children’s health and wellness. We believe it’s our responsibility to set the standard for the entire child care sector,” said Tom Wyatt, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of KinderCare. “We’re proud of our continued partnership with the PHA and to be a part of today’s event. We’re honored to join the CDC Foundation and the White

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How The Food Trust is working to create healthy eating programs in Camden

By the time Kameron Harmon drove up, he had only 15 minutes to get his quick nutrition lesson, grab his giveaway, and use his coupon for healthy food at the 700 Pine Street Store in Camden.

For almost 10 years, The Food Trust’s Healthy Corner Store Initiative (HCSI) and Heart Smarts Program have been working to transform corner stores, often disparaged as a nutritional wastelands, into community health hubs by combining training, equipment and marketing materials for owners with regular nutrition education and incentives for shoppers. Almost 3,400 participants took the nutrition lessons between August 2021 and June 2022.

“The real important thing is it is real in-person interactions,” explained Edgardo Bones, HCSI project manager. “We meet them regularly where they are at and start to develop relationship with people. That’s important, too, because it elevates the conversation.”

Many of the shoppers who came to the store, such as Harmon,

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Grocery Stores Compete to Get Healthy Food Spend

As food and beverage businesses announce their participation in the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health Wednesday (Sept. 28), many are using the opportunity to unveil not only environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) initiatives, as one might expect, but also features to drive customer acquisition and loyalty with nutrition-minded shoppers.

These efforts come amid a years-long trend towards wellness-motivated shopping, especially among millennial and gen Z consumers. Target-owned delivery service Shipt, for one, announced that it will “update” its marketplace to make it easier for consumers to shop for groceries according to their dietary needs and preferences.

See also: Shipt Targets Healthy Meals as Part of White House Hunger Conference

The announcement followed Shipt’s July 2021 launch of a dietary preferences feature, enabling customers to search for products that meet their lifestyle needs.

Read more: Shipt Adds Dietary Preferences To Meet Shoppers’ Individual Needs

“Shipt was actually

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China’s SAMR Publishes Draft Rules for Health Food Claims

On August 2, 2022, China’s State Administration of Market Regulation (SAMR) published the draft implementation rules for technical evaluation of new claims for health foods.[1] This is another step the authorities are taking to develop SAMR’s regulatory framework for the registration and notification of health foods.[2] Notably, health foods in China not only include foods that make health claims, but also nutrient supplements, such as vitamins and minerals.

Back in 2016, SAMR created a dual-track system to regulate health foods, ie, registration and notification. Under such a system, one of the requirements is that industry is only allowed to use a claim that is on the list of permissible functional claims for health foods, eg, assists in boosting the immunity system, reducing fatigue, etc. A claim beyond SAMR’s list is considered “new,” and, thus, not permissible. SAMR’s new draft rules provide more clarification to

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Catholic Health forges partnerships to fight food insecurity

Dr. Patrick O’Shaughnessy, DO, MBA, is president and chief executive officer at Catholic Health, where he is passionate about extending the organization’s healing mission to help people live healthier lives. A proponent of population health management, his priorities include addressing the social determinants of health with a focus on alleviating food insecurity. Here, Dr. O’Shaughnessy explains how Catholic Health is combating food insecurity in Long Island and shares strategies for other health systems looking to do the same.

Why is food insecurity an important issue for you and Catholic Health?

Dr. O: Food is medicine, and if we are truly going to bend the disease curve in healthcare, we must start with what we eat. It is proven that eating the wrong foods over long periods of time will accelerate disease development. In fact, in Long Island 1 in 4 adults face food insecurity. That’s more than 218,000 people, including

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