Julie Menounos, in-store nutritionist at the Chelmsford Stop & Shop, participated in the Healthy Kids Summit, held Dec. 6 at Patriot Place in Foxboro and hosted by Stop & Shop, LLC., the Progressive Grocer reports. The summit's goal was to “inspire parents, caregivers and others make healthy lifestyle changes,” according to the press release.
Others attending the event included Patriots place kicker Stephen Gostkowski, Ed Hurley, president of the Hockomock, Massachusetts YMCA, as well as other dietary professionals and Stop & Shop officials.
The free public event consisted of a half-hour presentation and a Q & A that offered healthy living solutions to families. The seminar was followed by a HOPSports fitness regimen at the Dana-Farber Field House at Gillette Stadium. HOPSports is a “global health and wellness network” which promotes physical activity and a healthy way of life.
“We all have a role to play, and the more we can get children involved in making nutrient-rich food choices at home and through programs like ‘Fuel Up to Play 60’ at school, we can have a positive impact on the next generation,” said Lisa Burnett, registered dietitian from the New England Dairy & Food Council, in the press release.
Stop & Shop itself is a very health-conscious supermarket chain. One of the main headings on its website is “healthy ideas”, consisting of food safety tips, ways to identify healthy foods in store, and “Passport to Nutrition,” a page geared toward kids that educates about eating and lifestyle. The Chelmsford location at 299 Chelmsford Street also has a nutritionist on staff to answer customer questions about food and diet, as well as provide customer consultations by appointment.
The event was held in conjunction with the New England Patriots. The NFL has been involved in many programs in support of children’s health in recent years, such as NFL PLAY 60, a national campaign that started in 2007. The initiative of NFL PLAY 60 is to improve health by encouraging children and youth to be active for 60 minutes a day.
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