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Wegmans announces ‘Back on Track’ in-store meal-planning event, demos

BY Michael Johnsen

ROCHESTER, N.Y. Wegmans last week announced its “Back on Track Event,” to be held Jan. 17, in-store events that will take place in all Wegmans stores. Throughout the store, departments will showcase best ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks with “how to” demos and tastings, along with tips on everything from getting organized and eating right to saving money.

In the pharmacy area, customers will also get advice on managing colds and flu, and which products can help relieve symptoms.

Wegmans nutritionist Allison Parker took the lead on much of the research to put together healthy, more affordable meals in the Back on Track event and webpage, the company stated.

With regard to the cold and flu, Parker advised making sure meals were packed with many brightly colored fruits and vegetables, because such foods are rich in antioxidants. “Antioxidants are compounds that help the body’s immune system work well,” she said. “Important cold and flu fighters include tomatoes, carrots, broccoli, berries, nuts and seeds.”

When bugs do slip past these defenses, Parker recommends starting the day with a bowl of a whole grain cereal like oatmeal, perhaps topped with probiotic-rich yogurt. The probiotics in the yogurt help the immune system fight colds and flu, Parker noted. Drinking plenty of fluids — like tea, which also contains antioxidants, and chicken soup — will also help the body recover quickly.

The other things Parker recommends for staying healthy in the cold months include getting enough rest, avoiding too much stress, washing hands with soap and water and staying active.  

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Giant Eagle supermarkets’ founder Moravitz dies

BY Michael Johnsen

FOX CHAPEL, Pa. Stanley Moravitz, 86, who helped found the Giant Eagle supermarket chain, passed away Jan. 11 at his Pittsburgh-area home the Associated Press reported Tuesday.

The AP reported that Moravitz, who still had an office at Giant Eagle, died of cancer.

His funeral is Wednesday in Pittsburgh.

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Ferrero U.S.A. goes green

BY Anna Mcgrath

SOMERSET, N.J. Ferrero U.S.A. announced new environmental friendly packaging for their line of Tic Tac mints.

New packaging, new slogans, “Please Recycle” and “Be Green,” and a recent partnership with Earth911 mark Ferrero’s extensive efforts to reduce its carbon footprint.

“The Tic Tac brand is dedicated to implementing responsible practices across its operations that are respectful of the environment,” said Tic Tac brand manager Jim Morris.  “We encourage consumers to incorporate ‘reduce, reuse, and recycle’ activities into their daily lives, and to that end have printed a call-to-action on our packages asking consumers to be green and please recycle the packaging after they have enjoyed their mints.”

The transition will reduce the company’s annual greenhouse emissions by 44%, energy levels will decrease by 34% and plastic use will be cut by 296 tons per year.

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