FSW is delighted to have been awarded a 2012 Dannon Next Generation Nutrition Grant by the Dannon Company, Inc. as part of Dannon’s mission to encourage yogurt as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle. The $30,000 grant will enable FSW’s Head Start, Early Head Start and Universal Pre-Kindergarten programs to launch Healthy Lifestyles, a new initiative designed to help local families make informed food choices, incorporate exercise into their daily routines and improve their overall nutrition and health. The program, which was introduced at a nutrition-education event at the White Plains ShopRite grocery store on September 24, will directly impact more than 600 children and their families.
With Dannon’s generous support, FSW will implement the Healthy Lifestyles curriculum, which includes a revamped exercise curriculum incorporating yoga, Zumba and physical games into the Head Start classrooms; instructional field trips for parents and children to local supermarkets; staff nutrition workshops with a registered dietician; evening nutrition workshops in both English and Spanish for parents and caregivers, and a nutrition guide for each participating family emphasizing the importance of including grains, fruits, vegetables and reduced-fat dairy such as yogurt in a healthy diet.
Celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2012 and headquarted in White Plains, NY, Dannon has plants in Mister, OH, Forth Worth, TX, West Jordan, UT, and Portland, OR. The company established the Dannon Next Generation Nutrition Grants to promote childhood nutrition education in each of these four communities. As one of the 2012 grant recipients, and the only one in Westchester County, FSW is proud to partner with Dannon in their effort to bring health through food to as many people as possible. Since its inception, the Dannon Next Generation Nutrition Grants have reached thousands of children in Westchester County and have achieved positive results. Dannon received the 2011 Corporate Citizenship Award from the Westchester County Business Hall of Fame in recognition of the company’s long-standing commitment to helping Westchester citizens lead a healthy lifestyle.
In addition to this generous grant, FSW is also grateful to the Dannon Company for providing a group of volunteers to work in our Sharing Shelf warehouse on September 13th. These hard-working volunteers helped to sort clothing, create packs of gloves, hats and scarves, and fill clothing orders for families in need in Westchester County, proving once again that Dannon and its employees are truly committed to giving back to the community.