UpLift Solutions Press Release – April 12, 2017


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Telephone 856.471.2008

Cell 856.889.5597





Mercy Career & Technical High School students develop an award-winning concept.

Westville, NJ April 11, 2017– “I was so worried about being full, I never thought about being well nourished.” – Shadira Russell is a Mercy Career & Technical High School Junior Business Student

More than 20% of Philadelphia residents are food insecure. Families living in underserved communities have limited or no access to fresh and health food. Meals are more likely to contain process food loaded with fat, sugar and salt which translates into nutrient poor diets. Healthy food access is a national issue with over 40 million Americans living in food insecure households. It’s these restrictions that have resulted in an epidemic of health-related issues which include increased cases of diabetes, hypertension and obesity.

Mercy Career & Technical High School Junior Business Students are teaming up with Uplift, a national non-profit which focuses on food insecurity. Together, they are developing a prototype that promotes the following:

– Healthy Eating Educational Resources

– Establishment of a network of local and sustainable produce growers

– Creation of sustainable food baskets that are affordable and biodegradable which serve the dual purpose of a planter for home gardening in the future

Mercy Career & Technical High School students Shadira Russell ,Chase Kelsey, Tho Tran won $1,000 in start-up funding through the Philadelphia Regional Final of the University of Delaware’s Diamond Challenge Social Venture Competition.

Chase, Tho and Shadira presented their social venture idea of creating “Green Flow” a process which connects urban areas to healthier food options.  As Tho Tran states:  “The mission of Green Flow is to be a culturally relevant determinant of health for young people in Philadelphia.”

The University of Delaware’s Social Venture competition focuses on the development of new, social impact models that may include revenue-generating nonprofit organizations and mission-driven, for-profit ventures. Students compete by pitching their ideas either in person or by submitting a video pitch.

UpLift, to strengthen, heal & inspire; is a national consultancy that supports food businesses, governments, nonprofits, healthcare systems and more to create access to food, access to healthcare and access to capital in underserved communities.

Mercy Career & Technical High School is a private, urban career and technical high school sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy. Within a 21st century learning environment, we provide a Catholic education and a comprehensive, academic, career and technical school experience which prepares students for the workforce and/or post-secondary education

In the Mercy tradition, we live the Gospel in word and action and promote service to others. The Mercy Career & Technical High School graduate is a highly competent, compassionate, contributing member of the global community.

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UpLift Blog #2 comes from our Health Solutions dietitians who are creating healthy changes for people around the Philadelphia area. For more information on how they can help your company please email

Today, we are exposed to nutrition information on TV, in the newspaper, and from family and friends. It can become overwhelming to determine what is fact and fiction. “Registered dietitians — RDs — are the food and nutrition experts who can translate the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living.” 1 The registered dietitian credential differentiates those that have completed years of education and training, from those that call themselves “nutritionists” and have not.

Health Solutions is bringing these food and nutrition experts directly into the community. They will offer free wellness services through an innovative health program. Our goal is to provide quality care to neighborhoods in the Philadelphia area with support from Uplift solutions and AARP Foundation. The Health Solutions dietitians are currently located at the ShopRite of Cheltenham Square and Fox Street in Philadelphia.

Health Solutions retail dietitians provide customers with complementary services such as one-on-one consultations, grocery store tours, diabetes classes and support groups, weight management classes, cooking classes and health screenings. Dietitians also provide nutrition education to community organizations such as retirement homes, gyms, schools, churches, and more. As a partnership with our in-store pharmacist, we offer coordinated care, free immunizations and free select generic diabetes medications.

Individual Counseling

Our dietitians provide tailored individual advice by getting to know the person, their eating habits, health conditions, and desired state of health. Initial counseling sessions focus on how to increase the client's understanding of their health condition and skill development such as label reading and menu planning. Your current eating habits will be reviewed and you will work with a dietitian to create a plan to make positive changes. Dietitians then help you craft personalized goals to meet your health and wellness needs. Follow-up visits focus on maintenance, monitoring progress, and setting new goals if applicable.

Health Conditions

Are you unsure of what foods to eat for your health condition? Health Solutions dietitians can focus counseling sessions on a variety of health conditions such as food allergies, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, prediabetes and diabetes. We can help you understand how to improve your health condition with food and lifestyle changes.

Weight Loss

Many individuals seek dietitians for help with weight loss or maintenance. While fad diets may seem like the way to go, they are not sustainable long-term. Dietitians provide safe and effective tools to lose weight such as meal planning, portion control, recipe revamps and mindful eating. 2

Contact us to schedule a free one-on- one consultation or to sign-up for one of our events!

Registered Dietitians:
Anita Anim, MPH, RD, LDN
Cheltenham Square
241 Cheltenham Ave, Wyncote, PA 19150
856-631- 3722

Danielle Sanislow, RD, LDN
Fox Street
Fox St & Roberts Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19129
856-473- 5999


1 What is an RDN and NDTR? (n.d.). Retrieved December 7, 2016, from is-an- rdn-and- dtr

2 Ansel, K. (2014, February 5). What an RDN Can Do for You. Retrieved December 7, 2016, from about-rdns/what- an-rdn-can- do-for- you

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