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The Dannon Company Awards Fourth Annual 'Dannon Next Generation Nutrition Grants' Supporting Nutrition Education for Children
Date:8/14/2009

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.

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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:

  • A 154% increase in those who ate the USDA recommended number of fruit and vegetable servings per day; and,
  • An 81% increase in those who participated in least 30 minutes of physical activity per day.

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
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