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Supervalu-owned Albertsons will once again hold its “Albertsons Healthy Eaters” field trip program -- an award-winning program offered free to any K-through-4th-grade children’s group interested in experiencing healthy eating lessons outside of the traditional classroom or meeting environment.
“Studies show that when children learn at an early age how to make the right food choices, they will be more likely to make healthy choices throughout their lifetime,” said Albertsons nutritionist Heidi Diller. “And, while it’s possible to teach children about healthy eating habits in a classroom, we give them the chance to see, touch, smell and even prepare healthy food choices. Our goal is to get kids excited about healthy eating in an up-close-and-personal way, and we’re thrilled to be able to offer this program free to our neighboring schools and community youth groups.”
Last year, more than 83,000 children participated in Albertsons Healthy Eaters, and learned how to incorporate healthy eating into their daily routine. More importantly, post-field trip surveys show that these same children are sharing what they learned with peers and family members, according to Albertsons.
Designed to reinforce the nutrition and healthy living curricula taught in schools, the store-based Albertsons Healthy Eaters field trip program is geared for children in kindergarten through 4th grade and includes fun activities that are easy to understand and absorb. Primary students (K-2nd grade) focus on simple concepts demonstrated through interactive experiences to promote understanding of healthy behaviors and choices.
For intermediate students (3rd and 4th grades), lessons include specifics on healthy choices, reading labels, nutrients, fats and portion sizes that are demonstrated through hands-on exercises relevant to the grocery environment. At the end of each tour, all children receive free samples of healthy foods and goodie bags.
Minneapolis-based Supervalu operates about 2,500 retail grocery locations, including nearly 900 in-store pharmacies.