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    Giant-Carlisle Urges 'Balance' with Tips Brochure

    CARLISLE, Pa. -- Giant Food Stores, LLC here and one of its banners, Martin's Food Markets, have begun carrying "It's All About Balance," a 12-page free brochure offering shoppers advice on how to blend eating healthier foods with physical activity.

    CARLISLE, Pa. -- Giant Food Stores, LLC here and one of its banners, Martin's Food Markets, have begun carrying "It's All About Balance," a 12-page free brochure offering shoppers advice on how to blend eating healthier foods with physical activity.

    "Living a healthy and balanced lifestyle has become a major focal point for today's consumer," said Giant Foods director of health and wellness Beth Holmes in a statement. "Today's supermarket is a convenient and practical place for customers to find helpful tips on the combination of healthy eating and exercise."

    Based on information found at federal Web site MyPyramid.gov, the pamphlet provides information on how to "bank" calories; tips on portion control, safe and healthy exercise recommendations, and a variety of suggestions for more nutritional snacking.

    Among the advice in the brochure:

    --A cup of potatoes, rice, or pasta (the recommended serving size) is approximately the size of a tennis ball.

    --Walking for an hour can burn nearly 200 calories.

    --Eating just 100 calories a day more than necessary could cause a person to gain 10 pounds in one year.

    "Giant and Martin's have a special commitment to consumer education," added Holmes. "This booklet is one more example of how we try to make it easy for our customers to make balanced choices that lead to a healthier lifestyle."

    "It's All About Balance" is available at all Giant Food Stores and Martin's Food Markets and can be found near store entrances. Consumers can also print an electronic copy of the booklet from the Giant Food Web site, http://www.giantfoodstores.com.

    Giant Food, one of four retail-operating companies under Ahold USA, currently operates 103 stores as Giant Food Stores, 119 stores as Tops Markets, and 25 stores as Martin's Food Markets. With almost 40,000 associates, Giant serves a six-state market area.

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