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Health & Wellness Tips

Written by our Nutritionists, we focus on ensuring you’re living a balanced lifestyle that offers a flexible, livable approach to health and wellness. You’ll not only learn how to experiment with fresh products and how to get your kids involved in the kitchen - we'll also give you valuable advice on how to choose more nutritious foods.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 29, 2018

Contact: Sarah Glunz
717-254-2913
[email protected]

GIANT LAUNCHES FAMILY MEAL CAMPAIGN
Supports FMI Foundation to celebrate National Family Meals Month


Carlisle, PA – This September, in an effort to bring families together for more meals, GIANT Food Stores is supporting the FMI Foundation to launch their Family Meal campaign as part of National Family Meals Month. Created by the FMI Foundation in 2015 on behalf of the nation’s food retailers, the goal of National Family Meals Month is to encourage families to enjoy at least one more meal together per week./p>

“Families are always juggling busy schedules and struggling to put a nutritious meal on the table – and GIANT can help,” said Matt Simon, GIANT vice president, marketing. “We believe that bringing families together around the table strengthens the bonds that make up a healthy community.”

Frequent family meals increase self-esteem, a sense of wellbeing, positive social behaviors, and stronger family relationships. The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia has found that kids who eat meals with their families four times a week or more earn better test scores and succeed in school. Family meals also fuel better nutrition. Families who share three meals a week increase their healthy foods consumption by more than 24 percent according to research gathered by FMI.

Throughout the fall, GIANT nutritionists are highlighting easy meal solutions in-store and in the community, including ideas for eating healthy on a budget, while inspiring families to bring everyone together for one more family meal. Wellness Walks, conducted by GIANT nutritionists, share how families can capture the “power” with tips for easy-to-prepare dinners, ready-to-eat choices to help save time and fresh ideas to make mealtime fun.

Family meal ideas are featured in GIANT’S weekly circular, while its digital app has personalized meals deals and money-saving coupons.

Another way GIANT is helping families identify more nutritious food choices for themselves and their families is through its nutrition navigation program, Guiding Stars®. With symbols that are visible at a glance, Guiding Stars aims to take the guesswork out of nutrition by decoding labels into one clear rating. More than 9,000 items throughout GIANT stores feature the star ranking system showcasing “good,” “better,” and “best” choices.

GIANT has also been at the community table in the fight against hunger. “With September also being Hunger Action Month, GIANT wants to make sure every family has the chance to come together around the table to share a nutritious meal,” added Simon.

Through strategic partnerships with local food banks, GIANT has proudly donated back over $50 million in monies and product to hunger relief organizations over the last five years.

As part of its signature and industry-leading Meat the Needs program, GIANT stores safety freeze and donate quality meat to its regional food bank partners, which would otherwise go unsold. More than one million meals have been diverted from landfills onto the plates of families in need through the Meat the Needs program.

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About GIANT Food Stores, LLC
GIANT Food Stores, LLC has more than 170 neighborhood stores and offers home delivery, online/mobile ordering, fuel centers, pharmacies, plus in-store nutritionists. Serving families in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, GIANT Food Stores is proud to employ more than 30,000 associates who believe in giving back to their community. Founded in 1923 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, GIANT Food Stores is a company of Ahold Delhaize. For more information visit the GIANT or MARTIN'S websites.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 29, 2018

Contact: Sarah Glunz
717-254-2913
[email protected]

GIANT LAUNCHES FAMILY MEAL CAMPAIGN
Supports FMI Foundation to celebrate National Family Meals Month


Carlisle, PA – This September, in an effort to bring families together for more meals, GIANT Food Stores is supporting the FMI Foundation to launch their Family Meal campaign as part of National Family Meals Month. Created by the FMI Foundation in 2015 on behalf of the nation’s food retailers, the goal of National Family Meals Month is to encourage families to enjoy at least one more meal together per week./p>

“Families are always juggling busy schedules and struggling to put a nutritious meal on the table – and GIANT can help,” said Matt Simon, GIANT vice president, marketing. “We believe that bringing families together around the table strengthens the bonds that make up a healthy community.”

Frequent family meals increase self-esteem, a sense of wellbeing, positive social behaviors, and stronger family relationships. The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia has found that kids who eat meals with their families four times a week or more earn better test scores and succeed in school. Family meals also fuel better nutrition. Families who share three meals a week increase their healthy foods consumption by more than 24 percent according to research gathered by FMI.

Throughout the fall, GIANT nutritionists are highlighting easy meal solutions in-store and in the community, including ideas for eating healthy on a budget, while inspiring families to bring everyone together for one more family meal. Wellness Walks, conducted by GIANT nutritionists, share how families can capture the “power” with tips for easy-to-prepare dinners, ready-to-eat choices to help save time and fresh ideas to make mealtime fun.

Family meal ideas are featured in GIANT’S weekly circular, while its digital app has personalized meals deals and money-saving coupons.

Another way GIANT is helping families identify more nutritious food choices for themselves and their families is through its nutrition navigation program, Guiding Stars®. With symbols that are visible at a glance, Guiding Stars aims to take the guesswork out of nutrition by decoding labels into one clear rating. More than 9,000 items throughout GIANT stores feature the star ranking system showcasing “good,” “better,” and “best” choices.

GIANT has also been at the community table in the fight against hunger. “With September also being Hunger Action Month, GIANT wants to make sure every family has the chance to come together around the table to share a nutritious meal,” added Simon.

Through strategic partnerships with local food banks, GIANT has proudly donated back over $50 million in monies and product to hunger relief organizations over the last five years.

As part of its signature and industry-leading Meat the Needs program, GIANT stores safety freeze and donate quality meat to its regional food bank partners, which would otherwise go unsold. More than one million meals have been diverted from landfills onto the plates of families in need through the Meat the Needs program.

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About GIANT Food Stores, LLC
GIANT Food Stores, LLC has more than 170 neighborhood stores and offers home delivery, online/mobile ordering, fuel centers, pharmacies, plus in-store nutritionists. Serving families in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, GIANT Food Stores is proud to employ more than 30,000 associates who believe in giving back to their community. Founded in 1923 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, GIANT Food Stores is a company of Ahold Delhaize. For more information visit the GIANT or MARTIN'S websites.

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Our Nutritionists

Put your health in good hands with our Nutritionists. They are here to help you and your family stay well and make better food choices. Look for them as your shop, attend a class, or schedule a private consultation to discuss your nutritional needs. Read their bios and contact information as well as find their class schedules here.

Guiding Stars, a new nutritious program that's as easy as 1, 2, 3.


Guiding Stars
It's as easy as 1, 2, 3...

Guiding Stars is a nutrition guidance program to help you quickly navigate to foods
with the most nutritional value. Just look for the stars as you shop!

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Sarah Glunz,
MS, CNS, LDN

As the Lead Nutritionist, I want to ensure that we're doing our best to improve the health and wellness of our customers, associates, and communities. Please reach out to me with any questions or concerns about our nutritionist program. I'm happy to help!

To connect with Sarah call or email
717-254-2913
[email protected]

Joni Rampolla, RDN, LDN

1320 Londontown Blvd
Eldersburg, MD

It brings me joy to be part of the MARTIN’S family! With over 20 years of experience as a registered dietitian, I am a trusted source of information for all your health and wellness questions! The customers I counsel are successful because of my ability to connect with and guide them towards a happier, healthier life. Join me for an interactive class or store tour or a personalized, individual consultation. I look forward to empowering you to make the changes you desire!

To connect with Joni call or email
410-552-5107
[email protected]

view my class schedule for July/August

view my class schedule for September/October

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Healthy Kids

Join MARTIN'S FOODS in our mission to help kids learn healthy ideas that last a lifetime with two kids nutrition programs

Passport to Nutrition

Curriculum for Teachers & Parents

Passport to Nutrition will help your kids, ages 8-12, learn about the importance of nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. The kit shares fun ways to get moving and eat right with interactive games and activities

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Guiding Stars... as easy as 1, 2, 3

Guiding Stars is an objective, evidence-based, nutrition guidance program. The system rates foods as good, better or best to give consumers at-a-glance advice: the more stars a food earns, the more nutritious it is.

New program Guiding Stars, helps shoppers quickly find the best foods.

Nutrition as Easy as 1, 2, 3

Guiding Stars helps consumers quickly navigate to foods with the most nutritional value. Products are assigned 1, 2, or 3 Stars, based on their nutritional content. A higher Star rating means the item contains more beneficial nutrients overall, and has fewer nutrients that are best to avoid. With over 100,000 rated foods, making nutritious choices for you and your family is now simple.
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Good, Better Best, Guiding Stars is as easy as 1, 2, 3… More: Vitamins Minerals Fiber Whole Grains Omega-3s, and less: Saturated Fat Trans Fat Added Sodium Added Sugars Artificial Colors.

Based on the scientific consensus and informed by national or international policy, Guiding Stars has offered transparent and relevant nutritional guidance since 2006. Keep a lookout for the Stars on shelf tags throughout the store! If you don’t see a rating, no worries; not all products meet the Guiding Stars’ criteria to earn a Star rating.

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