press release

July 17, 2012

Suzi Robinson
Stop & Shop New England
617-276-7756
suzi.robinson@stopandshop.com

Stop & Shop Inspires Healthy Habits Through its “Healthy Kids Summit” at Fenway Park

Expert panel including Red Sox Leftfielder, Daniel Nava, engaged local parents & children with interactive healthier lifestyle discussion

(QUINCY, Mass.,) July 17, 2012 - The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC hosted a “Healthy Kids Summit” today Tues., July 17 at Fenway Park in Boston, Mass. with help from local community experts including Red Sox leftfielder, Daniel Nava, the YMCA of Greater Boston; Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D. The Hood “Answer Mom,” and the Boston Public Health Commission. The free event, which drew more than 200 local residents and customers, educated parents, care givers and children on the important nutrition and exercise information needed to make overall healthier life choices.

Special guest Daniel Nava shared tips on how he and his teammates stay healthy and fit both on and off the field. Before a big game, Nava said he fuels up on protein, fruit with honey and plenty of water to hydrate. To maintain strength and recover after a workout, Nava and the rest of the Red Sox stock up on foods from all areas of MyPlate including salmon, chicken and vegetables. When Mayor Thomas M. Menino launched Boston Moves for Health, an ambitious initiative to improve the health and wellness of the city by increasing access to free and low-cost physical activities and healthy living resources, he noted that 50 percent of adults and one in three school-aged children in Boston are either overweight or obese. With events such as today’s Healthy Kids Summit, Stop & Shop is hoping to encourage local children and their families to stay healthy and active this summer by making the healthy choice, the easy choice.

“For many families, healthy eating habits begin at home which is why Stop & Shop is continuously seeking ways to positively impact the well being of the people in the communities in which we serve,” said Suzi Robinson, spokesperson for Stop & Shop New England Division. “We are committed to helping our customers make beneficial decisions while shopping and are excited to bring together these great community leaders today in an effort to inspire the Boston community and beyond.”

The Healthy Kids Summit was comprised of a brief and highly interactive 30-minute panel discussion led by community leaders and experts. Participants included:

  • Daniel Nava, Red Sox leftfielder, who shared his tips on staying active and healthy
  • Joann Donnelly, executive director of healthy living, YMCA of Greater Boston
  • Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D., The Hood “Answer Mom,” on behalf of the New England Dairy Promotion Board
  • Dr. Huy Nguyen, M.D., medical director, Boston Public Health Commission
  • Julie Menounos, MS, RD, LD-N, in-store nutritionist at the Stop & Shop Chelmsford, Mass. store, who moderated the panel

As part of the panel discussion, kids and audience members were tasked to show their knowledge and prove their listening skills with a brief trivia game which incorporated key facts on nutrition, exercise, a balanced lifestyle and simple tips and techniques to staying fit. The trivia was followed by an energetic Zumba fitness routine led by Monique Rogers from the YMCA of Greater Boston, and a health fair.

“Our goal is to help Boston residents get healthier and get more active. Through the Boston Moves for Health program, we are making more healthy resources available, like free and low-cost exercise classes and walking groups,” said Dr. Huy Nguyen, medical director, Boston Public Health Commission. “We are so pleased that Stop & Shop is a partner in sharing our message with local residents and community members about getting on a path to better health and nutrition. Together we can meet the goal of being a healthier, more active city.”

“Addressing the issues of poor nutrition and inactivity in our community has always been a challenging message to spread,” said Kevin Washington, president and CEO, YMCA of Greater Boston. “The YMCA of Greater Boston is proud to join Stop & Shop today by showing local residents, customers, children and their families the fun that is to be found in exercise with one of our very own Zumba instructors.”

Today’s event was free and open to the public. Families, camps, caregivers, media and community organizations were all invited to attend.

For more information on today’s event and for any upcoming healthy initiatives through Stop & Shop, visit www.stopandshop.com.

For more information on Boston Moves for Health, visit www.bostonmovesforhealth.org.

About Stop & Shop

The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC employs approximately 60,000 associates and operates 400 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, and New Jersey. The company helps support local communities fight hunger, combat childhood cancer and promote general health and wellness - with emphasis on children's educational and support programs. In its commitment to be a sustainable company, Stop & Shop is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and EPA's Smart Way program; has been awarded LEED (EB) certifications for 54 of its existing stores; and has been recognized by the EPA for the superior energy management of its stores. Stop & Shop is an Ahold company. To learn more about Stop & Shop, visit www.stopandshop.com and www.facebook.com/stopandshop.