UpLift Solutions Press Release – April 12, 2017


Contact Audrey Fish

Telephone 856.471.2008

Cell 856.889.5597

Email Audrey.fish@upliftsolutions.org

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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 Audrey.fish@upliftsolutions.org.

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 http://www.eatrightpro.org/resources/about-us/what- is-an- rdn-and- dtr

2 Ansel, K. (2014, February 5). What an RDN Can Do for You. Retrieved December 7, 2016, from http://www.eatright.org/resource/food/resources/learn-more- about-rdns/what- an-rdn-can- do-for- you

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I’m not talking about what you had for lunch.  I’m talking about the number of people…right in here in American who do not access to fresh and heathy food all due to where they live.

23.5 million Americans live in food deserts—making it impossible for them to get fresh healthy food.   So, what’s available to people who live in food deserts?  Fast food outlets, corner stores and quickie markets which provide a wealth of processed, sugar, and fat laden foods that are known contributors to our nation’s obesity epidemic.   This epidemic leads to other health issues including high blood pressure, diabetes and sadly a much shorter life all due to their where the call home.

UpLift works with businesses across the country to improve access to food by bringing supermarkets, co-operatives, farmers markets and healthy corner stores to underserved communities.  Our expertise provides the tools to develop successful food businesses in the places that need them most.

This is the first in a series of blogs from UpLift.  Our mission-to build strong communities and social equity by increasing access to food, healthcare, nutrition education and capital in underserved communities.  In our monthly blogs, you’ll hear about the four programs powered by UpLift which include:

  • Sustainable Food Solutions
  • Health Solutions
  • Financial Solutions
  • Workforce Solutions

All programs support the one main goal: to create access to fresh healthy food and nutrition education for low income communities.

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Contact Audrey Fish

Telephone 856.471.2008

Cell 856.889.5597

Email Audrey.fish@upliftsolutions.org

Website www.upliftsolutions.org



UpLift: Health Solutions Dietitians Making a Real Difference in Underserved Communities in Philadelphia

Westville, NJ March 8, 2017– There is a growth in the number of consumers, living in underserved communities, who are seeking a healthier lifestyle with the help of in-store dietician. Since 2015, the numbers have increased from 38 to 101 (166% increase) and an increase in the amount of total interactions from shoppers from 89 to 302 (239% increase). This evidently demonstrates that since UpLift: Health Solutions’ implementation, there is a significant increase in the amount of shoppers that are seeing the dietician.

Those shoppers that saw the dietician had an increase in the amount spent per week from $32.76 to $33.82 (3.24% increase) and an increase in the amount of trips made per week to the supermarket from 0.92 to 1.11 (20.65% increase). Those that did not see a dietician show a decrease in the amount of money spent per week from $16.19 to $11.60 (28.35%) and a decrease in the amount of trips per week from 0.38 to 0.28 (26.32% decrease).

“As the place where people choose products that affect their diets and nutrition, our in-store dietitians have created access to nutrition support and education for underserved communities and the results have been extremely positive for the consumers and our clients.”-Atif Bostic, Uplift’s Executive Director.

UpLift’s Health Solutions launched in 2015 and provides store tours, cooking demonstrations, nutrition workshops and one-on-one nutrition advice all at no change. Additionally, dietitians take biometric readings for case managed patients and track prescribed diet adherence and health changes. The program creates access to nutrition support and education through instore dietitians within supermarkets with a goal to improve health outcomes.

The health solutions wellness program provides Customized plans, group classes and direct support. Our participants lose weight, reduce blood pressure and glucose levels and report an increase in energy to further endorse Food is Medicine -Victoria Della Rocca RD, LDN-Uplift’s Director of Health Innovations.

UpLift, to sustain, heal, inspire and prepare; 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.

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Uplift Solutions will be hosting a private screening of “Can You Dig This,” Wednesday, April 5th, 7:30PM at the Landmark Ritz at the Bourse in Philadelphia.  A $25 donation is requested.  You can get tickets here.

From Executive Producer, John Legend.

South Los Angeles. What comes to mind is gangs, drugs, liquor stores, abandoned buildings and vacant lots. The last thing that you would expect to find is a beautiful garden sprouting up through the concrete, coloring the urban landscape. As part of an urban gardening movement taking root in South LA, people are planting to transform their neighborhoods and are changing their own lives in the process. Calling for people to put down their guns and pick up their shovels, these “gangster gardeners” are creating an oasis in the middle of one of the most notoriously dangerous places in America. CAN YOU DIG THIS follows the inspirational journeys of four unlikely gardeners, discovering what happens when they put their hands in the soil. This is not a story of science and economics. This is a story of the human spirit, inspiring people everywhere to pick up their shovels and “plant some shit.”

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Check out some of the photos from the Heaven 600 Spring Holiday Harvest held at the Shoprite in Howard Park, Baltimore

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Our executive director, Atif Bostic, was recently mentioned in a article published by AARP. The article dealt with the struggle for an increasing amount of older Americans to find sources for healthy, affordable food. Check out this excerpt, as well as a link to the full article below:

New allies in the fight against hunger come from the health care industry, government agencies and nonprofits like AARP and AARP Foundation. And they’re joined by members of the agricultural food chain, from farmers to major supermarket chains. Atif Bostic, executive director of the nonprofit Uplift Solutions, which helps grocery stores open in low-income areas, says such collaborations are win-win. “The customers have access to healthy, affordable food and the store becomes an essential, profitable part of the community.”

Ryerson adds: “Let’s widen the circle of collaboration to identify and carry out real solutions. This is a land of plenty — no one should have to go hungry.”

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