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The Dannon Company Awards The I.J. & Jeanne Wagner Jewish Community Center the Fourth Annual Dannon Next Generation Nutrition Grant
Date:8/7/2009

WEST JORDAN, Utah, Aug. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The Dannon Company, Inc. awarded the I.J. & Jeanne Wagner Jewish Community Center (JCC) the fourth annual Dannon Next Generation Nutrition Grant aimed at promoting healthy eating and fitness among students in the Salt Lake County community. The JCC received $30,000 in support of its Fun, Fit & Healthy! nutrition education program.

Fun, Fit & Healthy! will offer weekly, nutritionist-developed cooking classes for pre-school and elementary school students, as well as weekly, age-appropriate fitness classes for students, ages 2 to 12 years old. The nutrition and fitness classes will also include two workshops, focused on teaching parents about menu planning, portion control, and reading nutrition labels. In addition, the JCC is partnering with the Public Utah Education Network Channel to present a series of films on fitness and obesity throughout the upcoming year. The JCC will also host a family fitness fair in September.

"As a child-oriented community center, we're thrilled to have the opportunity to expand our nutrition and fitness offerings to children in our community-at-large," said Andrea Alcabes, executive director of the JCC. "Utah has the youngest population in the country and it's important that we teach our kids about eating well and educate them on good nutrition."

With funding from The Dannon Company, Fun, Fit & Healthy! will directly reach more than 275 children in Salt Lake County between the ages of 2 to 12 years old, and is expected to reach several thousand though the implementation of the grant.

"We often read that obesity is a critical issue among children and the best way for our communities to address this problem is by educating children on good health and nutrition," said West Jordan Mayor David Newton. "I commend the I.J. & Jeanne Wa
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