press release

January 4, 2012

Jamie Miller
Giant Food of Landover, MD
(301) 341-8776
jmiller@giantfood.com

HEALTHY KIDS ARE HAPPY KIDS

Giant Food offers healthy ideas for kids

Landover, Md. (January 4, 2012)–A new year brings a renewed commitment to making healthier choices. Giant Food of Landover, Md. is committed to providing customers with a variety of choices and programs to live a healthier lifestyle, including many with a focus on healthy kids.

“With increasing rates of childhood obesity in this country, Giant Food provides kids with fun and interactive ways to learn about proper nutrition and health,” said Anthony Hucker, president, Giant Food of Landover, Md. “There is no better place to start making healthy choices than at your neighborhood grocery store!”

Giant partners with Field Trip Factory for Kid Healthy Ideas™, a hands-on field trip experience that reinforces the nutrition and healthy living curriculum taught in local schools. Kid Healthy Ideas is free and helps children in grades pre-K through six develop and enhance skills in healthy living, nutrition, and exercise. Tour leaders are trained to modify field trips to be grade appropriate. For a list of participating stores, visit www.fieldtripfactory.com and type in your zip code. You also can schedule a Kid Healthy Ideas tour by calling 1- 800-987-6409. Tours run approximately 60-90 minutes and are limited to 30 participants per tour.

On the web, Giant offers its Passport to Nutrition program to give kids and their parents and teachers the information and motivation to make healthier choices by improving one’s lifestyle and eating habits. The program consists of four lessons which cover the food pyramid/MyPlate program and physical activity, understanding food labels and portion control, how to eat enough fruits, vegetables, and grains, and healthy snacks and beverages. Accompanying each of the four lessons are downloadable worksheets, kid-friendly songs, and interactive games to reinforce the healthy eating messages. To access Passport to Nutrition, visit www.giantfood.com/living_well/passport.

Now through March 29, parents can also help earn triple A+ School Rewards for their child’s school by purchasing Healthy Ideas labeled products. Giant’s exclusive Healthy Ideas blue and green product labeling system helps customers find healthy options as they shop the aisles. In order to receive the Healthy Ideas distinction, a product must meet certain criteria related to total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium, and sugar amounts developed by a team of registered dietitians.

For healthy recipes for kids and a variety of additional health information, visit www.giantfood.com and click on the Healthy Ideas tab at the top of the homepage.

About Giant Food of Landover, Md.

Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 173 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 22,000 associates. Included within the 173 stores are 159 fullservice pharmacies. For more information on Giant, visit www.GiantFood.com.