press release

October 31, 2013

Jamie Miller
Giant Food of Landover, MD
(301) 341-8776
[email protected]

Regional Health Experts Gather for Healthy Kids Summit

Giant Food Hosts Discussion Focused on Comprehensive Solutions to Nutrition

Landover, Md. (October 31, 2013) - Holistic approaches to childhood nutrition were the key topics at Giant Food of Landover, Md's panel of nutrition and health experts on Wednesday, October 30 at the Giant Food in Timonium, Md.

An expert panel, including Mel Brennan, vice-president of program integration, Y of Central Maryland; Courtney Winston, manager of food and nutrition services, A Partnership For A Healthier America; Aida Blanco, executive chef, the Maryland Food Bank; Dr. Linda Grossman, director, bureau of clinical services, Baltimore Department of Health and Wendy Anderson and Lisa Coleman, Giant Food in-store nutritionists addressed strategies to promote and maintain healthy lifestyles for kids, as well as trends and ongoing challenges.

Panelists provided information and focused on solutions. Mel Brennan, vice president, Y of Central Maryland, encouraged individuals to think critically about the food they buy and the companies they support. "There's a question of when we stop just being food consumers-planning meals for our families-and start being food citizens," Brennan said. Aida Blanco, executive chef, Maryland Food Bank, emphasized the importance of leading by example, adding, "It's not just about kids; often the biggest challenges are the parents, who children look up to. They'll reject fresh foods if they hear their parents don't like vegetables. Adults need to break the cycle and teach their children at home."

The panelists also underscored the value of creating balanced meals over counting calories and restricting children's diets. As Wendy Anderson, in-store nutritionist, Severna Park Giant Food, concluded, "Every food fits into a diet plan-even candy, in moderation, if it's accompanied by fresh fruits and vegetables."

Giant Food, a long time advocate of childhood health, offers the Passport to Nutrition initiative, a fun, interactive program that provides the necessary tools to educate kids about nutrition and living healthy lifestyles both at home and at school. Geared to children ages eight to twelve, Giant's Passport to Nutrition kit features student workbooks and a teacher guide that provide lessons to inspire kids to make small changes for better health every day.

About Giant Food of Landover, Md.

Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 169 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 169 stores are 155 full-service pharmacies. Giant opened the first supermarket in the nation’s capital on February 6, 1936. Giving back to the community is a cornerstone that was instilled by the founders more than 77 years ago. The company’s core areas of giving include hunger, education, health and wellness, and supporting service members and military families. In 2012, Giant’s monetary and in-kind contributions exceeded $12 million, and the nation’s capital grocer helped partners provide 55.2 million meals. For more information on Giant, visit