The Seafood Nutrition Partnership (SNP), a non-profit whose mission is to educate Americans about the critical health and nutritional benefits of seafood, announced it is expanding its public health education outreach campaign to eight cities across the United States: Birmingham, Ala.; Charleston, W. Va.; Indianapolis, In; Jacksonville, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Memphis, Tenn.; Oklahoma City, Okla. and Toledo, Ohio, building on the organization's pilots last year in Memphis, Tenn. and Indianapolis, In.
Participation and interest in SNP's pilot programs in October 2014 was very strong in both Memphis and Indianapolis where the campaigns partnered with a coalition of local stakeholders including chefs, community leaders, public officials and health professionals to educate citizens about the essential health benefits of eating seafood, company officials say. That successful effort will be scaled to eight cities this fall.
In conjunction with October, National Seafood Month, and SNP's national launch in Washington, D.C., all eight cities will feature cooking demonstrations, restaurant events, free health screenings for omega-3 levels, distribution of health education literature and recipes, with a call to action for all Americans to take the Healthy Heart Pledge to eat at least two servings of seafood each week as recommended by the USDA Dietary Guidelines. This will support SNP’s goals to address the health risks associated with low seafood consumption through partners that provide health and nutrition guidance.
“Our Memphis and Indianapolis programs built awareness and educated citizens in both cities about the health benefits of eating seafood. We are scaling our efforts to eight cities because the demand for information and education is very high. Our mission is to help Americans gain the skills and knowledge to buy, cook, and eat seafood as part of a well-balanced, nutrient-rich diet,” says Linda Cornish, executive director of the Seafood Nutrition Partnership.
Each city will host a kick-off event in October with community leaders as part of the Seafood Nutrition Partnership’s campaign to educate and empower Americans to live healthier by eating a nutrient rich diet that includes seafood at least twice a week.