eDiets.com(R) and The Salvation Army to Conduct Second Annual National "Healthy Eating" Food Drive
Nationwide Food Drive to Provide Good Nutrition to Those in Need
DEERFIELD BEACH, FL, 03/01/2005 -- In honor of March being National Nutrition Month®, a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored annually by the American Dietetic Association, eDiets.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: DIET), a leading online diet, fitness and healthy living destination, and The Salvation Army, one of the largest charitable and service organizations in the world, today announced they have again teamed up to conduct the Second Annual National Healthy Eating Food Drive from March 1-31, 2005.
During this month of increased dietary awareness, eDiets.com will again encourage its network of over 13 million health-conscious consumers to donate healthy foods that will be collected and distributed by Salvation Army locations nationwide.
“We believe that we must all do our part in facilitating the health of the nation,” said David Humble, CEO of eDiets.com. “We’re honored to continue our partnership with the Salvation Army for this health-focused food drive intended to help those most in need.”
Throughout March, eDiets.com is offering a free list of recommended healthy eating food items appropriate for the drive at www.eDiets.com/donatefood, which also conform to the new dietary guidelines recently revamped by the United States Department of Agriculture. Healthy foods suggested for donation include: canned and packaged fruits and vegetables; canned meat and fish; canned and bottled fruit juices; boxed dry goods including pasta and cereals; dressings and condiments; snacks and jarred baby food.
In addition to the nutrition-based grocery list, the eDiets.com site also offers a directory of applicable Salvation Army collection centers throughout the United States to facilitate such donations.
John Jones of The Salvation Army noted, “eDiets.com is at the forefront of the healthy living movement, and we’re pleased to continue our joint effort to help those in need eat healthfully by supplying nutritious foods.”
According to the most recent U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) figures available, 11.2 percent of all U.S. households (or about 12.6 million households) were “food insecure” in 2003 because of lack of resources. The report was based on a national U.S. Census Bureau survey of households’ representative of the U.S. population.
eDiets.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: DIET) is a premier online diet, fitness, and healthy living destination offering professional advice, information, products and services to those seeking to improve their health and longevity. Since 1997 and as of December 31, 2004, more than 1.9 million consumers worldwide have become eDiets.com members. Among other honors, the site has been named a Forbes Magazine spring 2004 “Best of the Web” in the diet and nutrition category, and a PC Magazine “Editors’ Choice” in May 2004. eDiets.com offers more than 20 personalized online nutrition and fitness programs, as well as access to a wide range of expert and peer-based online support services that are all conveniently available 24/7. Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Deerfield Beach, FL, eDiets.com operates Web sites at www.eDiets.com and www.eFitness.com. The company also publishes eDiets “Watching Your Weight,” a personalized online interactive magazine, along with a family of industry-leading electronic newsletters that have an opt-in circulation base of over 13 million.
About The Salvation Army
One of the largest charitable and service organizations in the world, The Salvation Army has been in existence since 1865. Helping those in need without discrimination, this Army of compassion remains fully committed to meeting the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of others. The Salvation Army served more than 43 million individuals over the past year by providing food for the hungry, companionship for the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter for the homeless, offering numerous educational and recreational opportunities for at-risk children, relief for disaster victims, recovery for the addicted, and many more services designed to assist those in need.
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