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Stop & Shop sponsors healthy living event

BY Alaric DeArment

QUINCY, Mass. — Supermarket chain Stop & Shop encouraged healthy lifestyles among children with an interactive event in Boston Tuesday.

The Ahold USA-owned chain’s Healthy Kids Summit, which took place at Fenway Park, included a panel discussion with Red Sox left fielder Daniel Nava, YMCA of Greater Boston executive director of healthy living Joann Donnelly, Boston Public Health Commission medical director Huy Nguyen and others. The event, which drew more than 200 people, was designed to educate parents, caregivers and children on nutrition and exercise. The panel discussion included a trivia game, followed by a Zumba fitness routine and a health fair.

"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," Stop & Shop New England division spokeswoman Suzi Robinson said. "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."


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CRN celebrates 100 years of vitamins

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Wednesday honored the 100th anniversary of the "vitamin," a term that was coined by Casimir Funk, a Polish-American biochemist, in 1912. In the century since then, scientists have uncovered the specific functions of vitamins and established the many benefits of adequate intakes of the nutrients.

“Even the most conscientious consumers find it difficult to get all the nutrients they need from food alone,” stated Annette Dickinson, author of a new book, "The Benefits of Nutritional Supplements" published by the Council for Responsible Nutrition. “We hope that the 100th anniversary commemoration will remind consumers that nutrient shortfalls can have health consequences and that supplementing the diet with vitamins can positively benefit our lives."  

CRN recently released the fourth edition of "The Benefits of Nutritional Supplements," which assesses the current state of the science on the health benefits associated with nutritional supplements. The report relays that consistent, rational use of vitamins contributes to overall health and wellness throughout all age groups, lifestyles, and life stages.

The book can be downloaded at no charge at Crnusa.org/benefits.


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Fiber One Chewy bars cater to kids

BY Allison Cerra

MINNEAPOLIS — Fiber One has introduced new snack bars for kids.

Fiber One Chewy bars tout 110 calroies or less and 8 g or less of sugar and do not contain high-fructose corn syrup, Fiber One said. The bars are available in chocolate and strawberry PB&J varieties and are complete with a peanut butter or chocolate-flavored bottom.

"Kids won’t be able to resist the taste and parents won’t be able resist the wholesome goodness of new Fiber One Chewy bars," Fiber One associate marketing manager Julia Travis said. "We’re excited to bring the delicious taste of classic, kid-favorite flavors chocolate and strawberry PB&J to the table."

New Fiber One Chewy bars are available in six-count box (1-oz. bars) for a suggested retail price of $3.89.

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