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Sobeys teams up with Special Olympics


November 24, 2015
By Laura Aiken

Stellarton, NS – The Sobeys Inc. Better Food Fund has a new national partnership with Special Olympics Canada. The partnership will centre on providing increased access to nutritional education for Canadians with intellectual disabilities.

“Together with Special Olympics Canada, the Sobeys Inc. Better Food Fund will make better food possible for families, athletes and coaches in the Special Olympics Canada community,” said Marc Poulin, president and CEO of Sobeys, in a news release. “This is just the beginning of an exciting partnership that will result in more of our neighbours living with intellectual disabilities eating better, feeling better and doing better.”

Launched in 2014, the Sobeys Inc. Better Food Fund supports access to and the advancement of better food through donations and partnerships with national and regional charities. The fund has three distinct areas of focus:

·      Eat Better – food access through the support of food banks and meal programs

·      Feel Better – health management, prevention and research on food-related health issues

·      Do Better – food literacy through nutrition education and cooking skills

A common thread in all Special Olympics Canada programs, whether daily sport programs or Team Canada on the world stage, is the need for increased focus on the importance of good nutrition. Research shows that Canadians with intellectual disabilities face significant adverse health conditions such as obesity, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer, reported the news release announcing the partnership.

More information about the Sobeys Inc. Better Food Fund is available at www.sobeys.com/betterfoodfund.