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Reports: Hy-Vee pilots composting program

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — Two Hy-Vee stores in Iowa will start composting food waste, produce and floral trimmings, according to published reports.

The Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Gazette reported that Hy-Vee stores in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids had partnered with Des Moines, Iowa-based organics recycler Green RU, which will pick up the waste from the stores and haul it to nearby compost centers. The newspaper reported that the company was considering whether to expand the pilot program throughout the chain.

The company will continue donating edible food to shelters, food banks and food rescues, while the composting program will focus on expired food and inedible material like floral trimmings.


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Kiosk supplier Stayhealthy selects software provider to enable rapid content deployment

BY Michael Johnsen

MONTREAL — Stayhealthy on Tuesday announced the selection of BroadSign International as the company’s digital signage software provider as it deploys its network of HealthCenter kiosks across the United States. BroadSign will manage Stayhealthy’s rapid content deployment and network operations. 

The move supports Stayhealthy’s deployment of approximately 2,000 kiosks through Kroger grocery stores where the self-service, health screening kiosks are stationed in waiting areas of in-store pharmacies. The plug-and-play kiosks enable consumers to measure key health indicators including blood pressure, heart rate, total body weight, total body composition (lean mass, body fat, hydration index), vision (color blindness) and BMI. Consumers may also upload personal blood glucose meter and activity monitor data to track their personal results over time to assist in improving health. 

Stayhealthy’s new generation of health screening connect with Class II medical devices and digital activity monitors united by a secure, HIPAA-compliant online portal installed in more than 3,000 professional, medical offices involved in wellness and weight loss programs around the world, the company noted. 


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Clif Bar launches workplace contest behind Luna bar

BY Michael Johnsen

EMERYVILLE, Calif. — Clif Bar on Wednesday introduced an interactive contest under its Luna brand, the "Whole Nutrition Bar for Women," which will reward Luna vending machines to winning participants at their workplace. 

“We’re flipping the typical perception of vending machine snack food on its head,” stated Rosa Compean, Luna brand director. “Luna is encouraging women to feed their strength and that starts by making healthier choices that add to their overall workplace wellness.”

The contest will be open from May 1 through June 30. Two winners of the “Feed Your Strength…at Work!” contest will be awarded the opportunity to host a Luna vending machine at their place of employment, filled with complimentary Luna bars and featuring a touch screen display that gives nutrition tips and guidance on snacking positively throughout the day, as well as six consultation sessions led by registered dietitian and nutrition strategist for Luna, Tara DelloIacono Thies.

“Often when hunger strikes, women grab for whatever is convenient with little consideration for its nutritional value,” DelloIacono Thies said. “Packed schedules and stress at the office can lead to a pattern of making impulsive and unhealthy nutritional choices. By carving out a few minutes for a proper break — and a nutritious snack — women can maintain energy levels to get them through their busy days in a more positive manner.”

“Feed Your Strength…at Work!” is a part of Luna’s larger Feed Your Strength campaign which kicked off earlier this year with the Luna webisode series, “Debunking the Diet” which tackles common diet myths and provides women with sound, relatable nutrition advice. 


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