Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Valley Natural Foods visit

Since Nancy acquired allergic reactions to a number of food ingredients nearly a decade ago, we have done much of our grocery shopping at Valley Natural Foods in Burnsville, where they offer abundant choices of all kinds of foods without some of the suspected additives that cause her pain.

When Erin Edholm, Promotions and Education Coordinator at the Burnsville Store of Valley Natural Foods, asked me to do a show during their free children's program, which encourages healthy living for children, I was thrilled to have an opportunity to perform at the store. They scheduled me for 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM shows on Monday, July 11, 2011.

Their program to encourage kids to eat right is new so we didn't expect big crowds, but many shoppers came with their children and some were able to stay for my show. The kids liked the free stickers and their moms generously purchased books for them.

My cousin Evie brought several of her grandchildren to see the second show about a half hour early so we were able to get a picture with them before others arrived.

A day care provider brought her group and generously bought some books for the kids. You can see the kids liked to wear our free stickers in the picture above and the picture below captures them feeling the oats in the coffee can.

I thank Erin Edholm and her manager Charli Mills for inviting me to be part of their program to encourage kids to eat better. The four-week program continues through July 27th. Kids can pick up a Free Fruit Coupon each week in the store's wellness department. The healthy living program is called "5-2-1-0" because the first week the kids are encouraged to eat 5 daily servings of fruits and vegetables, the second week to limit their screen time to two hours, the third week to get 1 hour of exercise, and the 4th week to consume 0 sugary drinks.

Erin indicated they may have me back to do another show before Halloween or Thanksgiving. Check my event schedule at www.gordonfredrickson.com if you would care to attend. I'll post the dates as soon as we confirm them.

Photographs by Nancy A. Fredrickson

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