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PRESS RELEASE MARCH 8, 2017

PRESS RELEASE

Contact Audrey Fish

Telephone 856.471.2008

Cell 856.889.5597

Email Audrey.fish@upliftsolutions.org

Website www.upliftsolutions.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 8, 2017

“HEALTHY” INCREASE FOR IN-STORE DIETITIANS”

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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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Audrey Fish at 856.471.2008 or email at Audrey.fish@upliftsolutions.org.

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UPLIFT SOLUTIONS PRESENTS AN EXCLUSIVE SCREENING FUNDRAISING EVENT “CAN YOU DIG THIS”

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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HEAVEN 600 SPRING HOLIDAY HARVEST

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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MENTIONED BY AARP IN THEIR ARTICLE, “THE NEW FACE OF HUNGER”

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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