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Giant-Carlisle hosts Childhood Obesity Summit

BY Alaric DeArment

CARLISLE, Pa. — Royal Ahold banner Giant-Carlisle sponsored its first Childhood Obesity Summit Tuesday, according to an announcement by the chain.

The summit, which took place in Willow Grove, Pa., included local experts, such as physicians, in-store nutritionists from Giant and others.

“Healthy eating choices begin at the supermarket for many families, which is why combating childhood obesity is an important issue to Giant,” summit panel member and nutritionist at Giant’s Willow Grove store Mary Ann Moylan said. “We offer a variety of nutrition classes for both kids and adults, including our Passport to Nutrition program, the first among grocery chains that creates an interactive and educational program for kids’ nutrition.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and data from the "National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey," childhood obesity affects about 12.5 million children and adolescents ages 2 to 19 years in the United States.

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Report: Walgreens launches better-for-you foods pilot in San Francisco

BY Michael Johnsen

SAN FRANCISCO — Walgreens is test-marketing healthier-for-you foods similar to the “food desert” pilot in Chicago across 30 area stores here, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Tuesday.

An Outer Richmond location began stocking fresh food and just-in-time meals last week, the paper reported, and the pilot program will roll out to the remaining stores over the course of the summer.

Earlier this year at a Walgreens shareholders meeting, Walgreens president and CEO Greg Wasson said he projected that the company could expand the fresh food centers to 400 or more stores in the next several years.

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Charmin Sensitive part of Better Homes and Gardens’ annual Best New Products Awards

BY Allison Cerra

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble’s Charmin Sensitive was voted the best new bathroom tissue of 2011 in a study conducted by BrandSpark International and published in the Better Homes and Gardens magazine’s third annual Best New Products Awards issue.

The third annual Best New Products Awards are part of the magazine’s June issue. Charmin Sensitive will be featured among the 42 winning consumer products in the categories of health and beauty, food and household care.

"It’s great to hear the product has been so well-received by consumers," said Hailee Hoffman, brand manager for Charmin Sensitive. "Being voted the best new bathroom tissue lets us know that this product delivers a level of quality and comfort for consumers. Each roll contains a touch of soothing lotion with aloe and vitamin E, providing a gentle and comfortable clean."

For a complete list of the 42 winning products, visit BestNewProductAwards.com.

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