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PRESS RELEASEContact: Danielle M. Dove, Marketing Manager 859-278-1813, ext. 231, danielle@goodfoods.coop

June 20, 2011

For Immediate Release.

Celebrate local foods at Veggin’ Out at the Pool

Lexington, KY – Mark your calendar for Veggin’ Out at the Pool on Friday, July 8, from 5:30 - 7:30 pm at the Southland Aquatic Center. Enjoy a summer dinner of local foods from the Lexington Farmers Market prepared by Good Foods Market & Café chefs.

Featuring a Kentucky Proud menu, the dinner includes burgers, brats, veggie burgers, side dishes, and dessert. Tickets are $10/adult and $5/child and includes the meal and pool admission after 5 pm. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Lexington Farmers Market, Good Foods Market & Café, and Southland Aquatic Center. The first 50 attendees at the dinner will receive an herb plant courtesy of the Lexington Farmers Market.

“Veggin’ Out at the Pool is summer at its best—swimming and a delicious, locally grown dinner at an affordable price. Exposing kids to healthy food is one of the best gifts we can give them. I hope Lexington families will take advantage of this event to introduce their kids to delicious and nutritious food,” said Anita Courtney, Chairperson of the Tweens Nutrition and Fitness Coalition.

The Veggin’ Out at the Pool event grew out of a discussion to have healthier food options at public pools. Lexington Parks and Recreation and the Tweens Nutrition and Fitness Coalition worked to develop healthier food options in the form of the Better Bites Menu at Southland and Woodland pools. In addition to normal pool fare, swimmers can now buy grapes, apples, bananas, strawberries, yogurt, and chicken salad on whole wheat bread at the concession stands. “Because pool concession stands are like kids’ refrigerators and pantries in the summer, stocking them with healthy food can affect their eating habits. Given that Kentucky has the third highest rate of childhood obesity in the country, it’s important that we make healthy food the norm for our kids everywhere possible,” said Courtney.

“It is great to be part of a new initiative to get healthier food into the city pools and to use our Kentucky farmers as a resource for that food,” says Jeff Dabbelt, Executive Director of the Lexington Farmers Market.  “In addition to the hospitality of Parks and Recreation, we are privileged to be associated with our other community partners, Tweens Nutrition and Fitness Coalition, and Good Foods Market and Café. Their generosity and support has allowed us to offset some of our expenditures and to offer a delicious, affordable meal made from ingredients obtained from our market members.”

Veggin’ Out at the Pool

When: Friday, July 8, 5:30 - 7:30 pm  ?(Rain date: Saturday, July 9, 5:30 - 7:30 pm)

Where: Southland Aquatic Center, 625 Hill-n-Dale Road

Fee: $10 adult/$5 child includes meal and pool admission after 5 pm.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Lexington Farmers Market, Good Foods Market & Café, and Southland Aquatic Center.

Event sponsors: Tweens Nutrition and Fitness Coalition, Lexington Farmers Market, Good Foods Market & Café, Lexington Parks & Recreation

For more information: http://www.lexingtonfarmersmarket.com or www.goodfoods.coop

Good Foods Co-op is a locally owned and operated cooperative business where everyone is welcome to shop at either of our locations - Good Foods Market & Café on Southland Drive or Good Foods Chapter 2 inside the downtown Lexington Public Library. Good Foods has served the Lexington community since 1972. *****

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