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  March 23, 2009 Release.
  For Immediate Release.
  Contact: Bonnie Arkus 609-771-9600


50 Teen Esteem students pair with UMDNJ college students to learn about food-science nutrition and a consumer approach to healthy eating

L-R: Geri McKay of UMDNJ, Bonnie Arkus of WHF, Kevin Driscoll of ACME and Constance Kelley of Trenton Central High School

Trenton, NJ-   Reading and interpreting food labels and knowing how to locate healthier foods in the grocery store are just two of the skills taught 10th grade girls at the annual grocery store tour that took place March 16 at the ACME in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. That's when 50 students from the Trenton Central High School met up with 15 dietetic interns from the UMDNJ School of Health Professionals to enjoy this fun consumer-focused educational program. The WHF Shopping for a Health Heart program has been administered collaboratively with the UMDNJ for the past five consecutive years under the direction of clinical coordinator Gerri McKay, RD.

"This is such a positive clinical experience for our interns", said Ms. McKay. "They learn how to communicate nutrition needs to teens and show them many different food choices". ACME store manager Kevin Driscoll said the grocery store is honored to be the site WHF has chosed for the program to take place. "We like to get involved in the community and this program helps kids learn how to eat healthier." The store also takes an active part by contacting vendors who provide free samples for the students to take home. Post-event, Teen Esteemers were treated to a nutritious heart-healthy luncheon in the Teen Esteem classroom. To learn how you can replicate this program in your school, please contact WHF.

Women's Heart Foundation, a 501c3 and the only non-governmental organization that implements heart disease prevention projects, is dedicated to prevention of heart disease and improving women's survival and quality of life. WHF advocates for women and supports early intervention and excellence of care through The Gender Care Initiative®. For more information, go to www.WomensHeart.org or send an email request to info@womensheart.org WHF founder, Bonnie Arkus is credited with starting the women’s heart global movement in 1986 after her mother's death from open-heart surgery. The Women's Heart Foundation is based in Trenton, New Jersey.


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