SNP launches pilot programs in US

Nonprofit group Seafood Nutrition Partnership (SNP) has launched new pilot public health education campaigns in two cities in the United States this week, geared toward teaching the American public about the health and nutritional benefits of seafood.

The programs, introduced in Memphis, Tenn. and Indianapolis, feature cooking demonstrations, free health fairs and screenings for Omega-3 index levels.

“It’s important to have a healthy Memphis, and I’m very glad to partner with the Seafood Nutrition Partnership in this campaign,” said Memphis Mayor A. C. Wharton Jr., who is helping kick off the event in his city today. “Seafood just twice a week will help combat things like heart disease and diabetes, which are prevalent silent killers in our community. I hope all Memphis citizens will take part in this effort. If we do, it could really change lives.”

First Lady of Indianapolis Winnie Ballard will host a kick-off at the Indianapolis City Market on Friday, 10 October to launch the program in Indianapolis. She will be joined by SNP Board Members: NBA star and former Indiana Pacers Detlef Schrempf; renowned omega-3 scientist and Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee member Dr. Tom Brenna from Cornell University and SNP Executive Director Linda Cornish.

Cornish said she wants these two programs to serve as pilot programs that she hopes to see replicated in other cities nationwide.

“These pilot programs allow us to be on the ground to build awareness and educate the citizens of Memphis and Indianapolis about the health benefits of a diet rich in seafood and help Americans gain the skills to select, order, prepare and eat seafood as part of a well-balanced, nutrient-rich diet,” Cornish said.


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