WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Aug. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The Dannon Company, Inc. awarded its fourth annual Dannon Next Generation Nutrition Grants, donating a total of $120,000 to four non-profit organizations in support of community-based nutrition education programs for children and their families.
Through the Dannon Next Generation Nutrition Grants, Dannon aims to provide needed funding for programs that support child health through improved childhood nutrition. For example, based on funding provided by Dannon in 2006, the New York grant recipient, Hudson River HealthCare, reported that among the children participating in this program there was:
Over the past three decades, the childhood obesity rate has more than doubled nationally for pre-school children aged 2-5 years and adolescents aged 12-19 years; it has more than tripled for children aged 6-11 years. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 12 million children in the United States are overweight or obese.
Dannon, whose parent company, Danone, celebrates its 90th anniversary this year, established the Next Generation Nutrition Grants in 2006 to promote childhood nutrition education in four communities where Dannon facilities are located. The grants are integral to Dannon's longtime mission of bringing health through food. As part of the grant program, Dannon contributes $30,000 to four non-profit organizations ($120,000 in total) in Auglaize, Mercer, Darke and Shelby counties, Ohio; Salt Lake County, Utah; Tarrant County, Texas; and Westchester County, N.Y., for programs that teach and nurture healthy eating habits among children. The 2009 Dannon Next Generation Nutrition Grant winners are:
"By educating children about good eating and exercise habits, these programs seek to reverse unhealthy habits that have become too common," said Gayle Binney, Dannon's corporate responsibility manager. "As we celebrate our 90th anniversary of providing better-for-you foods, we're proud that the Dannon Next Generation Nutrition Grants have helped to build foundations for healthy behaviors for thousands of children and their families. These grants are consistent with our ambition to bring health through food to all people and we're proud to support such a diverse range of child wellness programs."
"Children form habits early in life, which they carry into adulthood," said Keith-Thomas Ayoob, EdD, RD, FADA, pediatric nutritionist and associate professor of pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. "If we can teach them now about health and nutrition, we can teach them valuable skills for their lifetime -- skills they can also share with their entire family. The wide diversity among the nutrition education activities funded by Dannon represents the complexity of the child obesity issue and the challenges and opportunities for real change in our communities."
Since the inception of the Dannon Next Generation Nutrition Grant program's in 2006, 16 grants totaling $460,000 have been awarded in support of improving child health through nutrition education. Dannon's grants have also impacted nearly 10,000 children over the past three years.
For more information about the Dannon Next Generation Nutrition Grants please visit www.dannon.com.
About Ohio FFA Foundation Inc.
The Ohio FFA Foundation (Formerly Future Farmers of America) is a cooperative effort among education, business and industry to support and inspire Ohio FFA members. The Ohio FFA Foundation serves as a resource for state and local FFA affiliates. More than $500,000 is generated annually for FFA leadership programs, awards and incentives, helping to support 23,364 members in more than 300 chapters across the state of Ohio. The FFA is a national organization dedicated to preparing members for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture. Local, state, and national activities and award programs provide opportunities to apply knowledge and skills acquired through agriculture education. For more information, please visit www.ohioffa.org.
About I.J. & Jeanne Wagner Jewish Community Center (JCC)
The I.J. & Jeanne Wagner Jewish Community Center has been a vital part of the Salt Lake City community for 90 years. Its mission is to enrich the life of the Jewish community and the community at large by offering educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities in a place where people of all backgrounds, cultures and beliefs gather in peace and understanding. As a child-oriented community center, the JCC offers a renowned early childhood center, the only all-inclusive special needs program in the area, as well as summer camp, after-school programs and a variety of fitness and recreational classes. For more information about the JCC, visit www.slcjcc.org.
About Tarrant Area Food Bank
Tarrant Area Food Bank works to eliminate hunger in Fort Worth and 13 surrounding counties by providing food, education and other resources to a network of partner agencies and their communities. In its 17-year history, the Tarrant Area Food Bank has distributed more than 260 million pounds of food and household products to a network of 300 hunger-relief agencies.
In the late 1990s, the Food Bank began offering special programs to complement its food distribution program and today offers nutrition education to individuals and families receiving food assistance, including two different feeding programs for children and free culinary job training for low-income adults. For more information about Tarrant Area Food Bank, visit www.tafb.org.
About Cornell Cooperative Extension of Westchester County
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Westchester County is a dynamic community-based educational organization providing unbiased, research-based information to Westchester County residents of all ages, while offering a wide variety of educational programming and assistance to individuals, families, businesses and communities.
About The Dannon Company
The Dannon Company is America's founding national yogurt company and continually leverages its expertise to develop and market innovative cultured fresh dairy products in the United States. Headquartered in White Plains, N.Y., Dannon has plants in Minster, Ohio, Fort Worth, Texas, and West Jordan, Utah and produces approximately 100 different types of flavors, styles and sizes of cultured fresh dairy products. Dannon is a subsidiary of Danone, one of the world's leading producers of packaged foods and beverages, and Dannon is the top-selling brand of yogurt products worldwide, sold under the names Dannon and Danone.
With a strong commitment to high-quality, wholesome, nutritious and innovative products, The Dannon Company is committed to encouraging healthy eating and healthy living. Danone is a recognized leader for its contributions to nutrition and health and was ranked best in class in a 2008 JPMorgan & Insight Investment study about the response of the world's largest food companies to obesity and health-related concerns. This commitment is also illustrated through The Dannon Company's support of the Dannon Institute, an independent, non-profit foundation dedicated to promoting research, education, and communication about the links between nutrition, diet and health. For more information, please visit www.dannon.com.
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